Judy Wade

Judy Wade

Location: Indianapolis, IN


Judy Wade brings thirty years of leadership development experience to the AIIR Team. She has experience working in a variety of business settings and has coached leaders at all levels. She most recently worked at Anthem, a Fortune 50 company, where she held a variety of roles in Human Resources over a period of 14 years. Some of those roles included managing executive development, leading enterprise-wide succession planning, directly supporting C-suite talent management, providing individualized coaching to senior executives, building out an internal coach program, and sourcing external executive coaches.

Prior to joining Anthem, Judy worked at Sallie Mae for nine years, managing teams responsible for leadership development, Organizational Development consulting, and call center training. Her early career included leadership development and internal consulting at a regional bank, as well as building development programs at a large family-owned retailer.

Currently, Judy's sole focus is on pro bono coaching for non-profit leaders through AIIR's Elevate Project. As a coach, Judy encourages self-direction and independence. Her coaching style is outcome-focused and adaptive to changing personal and business objectives. Her coaching style is to provide clear and continual feedback coupled with change-provoking assignments; challenge thinking patterns, assumptions, and self-limitations in order to build self-awareness and emotional intelligence; and keep the leader accountable for behavior, decisions, and agreed-upon actions. Through listening with presence, humor, engaging conversation, and a balance of empathy and push, Judy applies her understanding of human and organizational behavior directly to her work with clients.

Niche Areas of Expertise

  • C-Suite
  • Career Development
  • Executive Presence
  • Leaders in Transition
  • Onboarding
  • Emotional Intelligence

Industry Experience

  • Healthcare Systems & Services
  • Professional Services
  • Retail


  • English


  • Indiana Wesleyan University - BS, Management
  • IUPUI Indianapolis - MA, Adult Learning & Psychology


  • Hogan
  • 360 Interview
  • DiSC
  • MBTI
  • AIIR Coaching Mindset Index
  • AIIR Dynamics 360

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