Claire Horner-Devine, PhD, founded Counterspace Consulting to support the development of inclusive leaders and organizations so that all individuals can thrive in their work and lives.
She uses humor, personal connection and strong analytic skills to help clients develop as leaders and to create more inclusive practices and equitable policies. She brings deep expertise in adaptive facilitation, program design and empowering partners and participants to identify and access what they want and need to succeed.
Counterspace Consulting supports leaders and organizations through individual and group coaching, strategic corporate consulting, and immersive workshops that are grounded in social science research, trust and curiosity. She uses one-on-one, team and embedded coaching to help clients identify opportunities to mitigate bias in their processes, policies and interactions and then work with them to create solutions to cultivate change and establish accountability mechanisms for sustained impact.
Counterspace Consulting specializes in programming and services developed for and by professionals in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
A "counterspace" is a social science concept that plays a central part of my work helping leaders and organizations cultivate excellence. Through coaching and strategic consulting, I help my clients create "counterspaces" — environments that promote well-being and a sense of belonging in their work.
Claire Horner-Devine, PhD, helps clients create and translate their visions for a future of excellence into reality, and infuse inclusive and equitable practices and policies throughout their work and organizations. With practices inspired by and deeply rooted in science and social science, Dr. Horner-Devine partners with leaders and organizations in industry, philanthropy, and higher education to examine existing culture and develop new paradigms of leadership and team effectiveness. For over a decade, she has worked with a range of partners and clients across sectors including scientific societies, universities, NOAA, Redfin, DoorDash, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.
She has also worked directly with over 300 early-career and 60 mid-to-late career STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals as they navigate challenging landscapes and institutions and develop new narratives of success. Her national leadership programs (BRAINS, LATTICE, WEBS, and WFAB ) designed to accelerate the careers of women, researchers with disabilities, and researchers from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in STEM have been called “sanctuaries” and have garnered over $3.2 M in federal grant-funded programs to address diversity in STEM and provide career development to women and individuals from other underrepresented groups.
Dr. Horner-Devine received her B.A from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. She worked as a faculty member at the University of Washington for almost a decade and is an ICF certified coach with training from the NeuroLeadership Institute. She has served as a Diversity Officer for the National Postdoctoral Association. She also has experience as an environmental consultant for a private firm and as a program officer for The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.