Pien van den Herik, Co-Executive Director of Include, is an executive coach and consultant with extensive experience in leadership development and women's leadership practices. She develops leadership development programs that empower collaboration and capacity-building, particularly where there is a high degree of diversity on multiple levels.
Pien is the Founding Director and Global Management Board Chair of the Women's Circles Program for Stanford Graduate School of Business alumnae. Pien co-developed a network of Stanford GSB alumni women’s circles who meet on a monthly basis to "connect, reflect, support and inspire" each other. Pien co-led the growth of the program to over 70 circles in 10 locations worldwide. In this program, Pien coaches, mentors and trains MBA alumnae in emotional intelligence, group facilitation and leadership skills.
At Stanford Graduate School of Business and at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, Pien has coached hundreds of emerging leaders in interpersonal skills, embodied leadership, and cross-cultural awareness. At Stanford, since 2006, she has served as a senior facilitator, mentoring facilitators in the Interpersonal Dynamics course, and for the Women in Management Program. She teaches at USF’s School of Law coaching future lawyers on effective communication, conflict resolution, giving feedback, non- verbal communication and diversity skills.
Pien has over 25 years experience in healthcare, both in the Netherlands and in the USA. In hospitals, public agencies, private clinics, she has been a manager, a business entrepreneur, an employee and a consultant.
Pien holds a graduate degree in Organizational Psychology, John F. Kennedy University, and a B.A. in Physical Therapy from the Academy for Physical Therapy, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Pien is certified as a Wellness Coach.
Pien played a crucial role in the success of what has now become the fastest growing alumni program at the Stanford GSB. As the founding Master Facilitator, Pien has been a masterful thought-partner and co-conspirator, developing endless content for facilitators of all skill levels and artfully crafting large-group meeting structures that engender deep connection. Whether modeling or directly skills-building, Pien is greatly skilled in making people feel safe and cared for, facilitating the vulnerability that is critical for the most powerful work to unfold. In 2017, Pien co-organized a wildly successful inaugural Circles Leadership Summit (Net Promoter Score of 89), developing the arc of the 2-day symposium and a number of nuanced sessions that were highly effective in supporting over 60 participants to connect, reflect, support and inspire one another.