Matthias Ehrhardt is a professor, executive coach, and entrepreneur in the field of learning and talent development. He is the director of the AUTORIS Institute for Talent Development and CEO of Designing Talent Inc, a leadership and talent development firm with offices in Boston and Munich.
He has served as an executive coach, mediator, consultant, and facilitator for talent development, communication skills, and entrepreneurship at various business schools and universities for 20 years. Matthias runs talent development programs around the world and has worked with startups, VC and private equity firms, family businesses, and global corporations (e.g. Microsoft, MunichRe, Samsung Next, DAIMLER, KPMG, etc.).
In addition, Matthias has extensive experience in building up, investing in, restructuring, and growing companies in diverse industries such as media, training, manufacturing, and high-tech. Today, much of his entrepreneurial work deals with the question of how talent development can be customized, applied, and made sustainable through new technologies.
Talent development and learning have always been a passion of his. Matthias has a master of administration studies (M.A.S.) from the university of Konstanz (Germany), a master in media psychology (M.A.) from the Massachusetts Schools of Professional Psychology, a PhD in law (Dr. iur.), and another PhD in art history (Dr. phil.) from the University of Munich. He is an alumnus of IESE Business School’s AMP, Columbia Business School’s CIBE, and Harvard Business School’s Owners and Presidents Management Program (OPM). Matthias has attended IESE’s International Faculty Program (IFP), the Columbia Coaching Certification Program (ECI/ACI), and is a founding fellow of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate.
Matthias holds numerous certifications in talent development, coaching, and training (CPTD, HOGAN, Learning Agility, Emotional Intelligence, ATD Master Trainer, TKI, MBTI, etc.). He is engaged in training and supervising other executive coaches and facilitators and regularly speaks at conferences on talent development and coaching. He served as the academic paper chair at the Columbia University Coaching Conference in 2016.
Matthias has authored several books and multiple articles for well-known newspapers and journals. His publications include “Stories are Bridges From One Mind To Another” (Columbia Coaching Conference 2016) and the “ABC of narrative” (2017), a model for the use of narrative theory for executive coaching which he presented at the CoachX series by the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
Matthias has studied and worked in Germany, Italy, Spain, France, and the US. He lives in Boston, MA.