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Pamela Stepp

Lecturer, Entrepreneurial Leadership

Areas of expertise: Leadership, Diversity, Business Communication


Pamela Stepp is a leadership and communication educator and an independent executive coach who has done work in 21 countries. Presently she teaches Entrepreneurial Leadership at Tufts University Gordon Institute, is an Executive Coach for international senior level managers at London Business School, and coaches for a variety of businesses in the U.S. and worldwide.

For 20 years she was a full time faculty member in Cornell University’s Communication Department teaching, and researching leadership, diversity, and sexual harassment. She built and directed the competitive speech and debate teams. She coached students to win 10 national championships in public speaking and debate and raised half a million dollar endowment before she moved to the ILR School. She served as President of the Cross Examination Debate Associate (CEDA) responsible for 100 universities. She won 5 teaching awards, four state, regional, and national debate coaching awards and the National Speakers Association Award for Most Outstanding Professor in the U.S. Her former students recently presented an endowment of $400,000 in her name for the program. Also she received the Cornell Perkins Prize for Interracial Understanding and Harmony for her campus committee work.

She was the Managing Director of the Cornell Center for Advanced Human Resources and Senior Lecturer at Johnson Business School for 10 years. At CAHRS she supervised staff members, graduate students and collaborated with 12 Human Resource faculty members to serve over 60 Fortune 500 partners of CAHRS.  She helped determine strategy and secured an annual commitment for $1.5 million from corporate sponsors and managed a two million dollar budget. She continues to teach Leadership to graduate students in all fields at Cornell’s Industrial and Labor Relations School twice a year.