Claire Horner-Devine, PhD

founder of Counterspace Consulting

We are a career and leadership firm focused on designing and facilitating transformative experiences for clients.

We create professional development and leadership opportunities grounded in social science research and guided by relationships and curiosity.

We partner with dedicated individuals and innovative organizations to transform services, products, and culture with evidence-based leadership, equity, diversity, and inclusion strategies.

We specialize in programming developed for and by professionals in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Why “Counterspace”?

A counterspace is an environment that promotes well-being and a sense of belonging. Counterspaces allow individuals to be their whole selves in the face of challenging or even hostile landscapes.

Counterspace Services

  • Inclusive leadership and executive coaching
  • Program design and delivery
  • Workshop design and facilitation

Counterspace Clients and Partners

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • The Animal Behavior Society
  • The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • Redfin
  • Universities and colleges, including Brown University, Duke University, Western Washington University, Universtity of Washington, University of Hawaii, UC Santa Cruz, Northeastern University, University of New Hampshire, among others

Contact to learn more about working with us.

What we believe

  • We believe that organizations excel and individuals thrive in a culture that values and embodies community, respect, and engagement.
  • We believe strong relationships are the foundation for growth and excellence.
  • We believe in the importance of equity, inclusion, and diversity.
  • We believe in curiosity and creativity.
  • We believe you can create your own path.
  • We believe your story matters.

Power of Peers Circles & Coaching Program

The Power of Peers (POP) Circles and Coaching Program is a career development program designed to transform your life and propel your career forward.
What is a POP Circle? POP Circles are virtual peer communities that meet every other week. The program includes three facilitated POP Circle meetings, ongoing access to your POP Circle, and two individual coaching sessions.
Why join? Women excel when they have access to informal networks, community, and a tight circle of successful peers as they navigate bias and challenging institutions. POP Circle participation provides access to accountability, community, empowerment, and ongoing connection. Your circle will be a professional space for confidential conversations about the intersection of who you are personally, professionally, and the role of your social identities in your experience.
Who is in your POP circle? Join five to ten individuals at a similar career stage in STEM and work together to propel your careers forward. We help build the POP Circle you want and need so you can have a space with peers with whom you share identities - like gender, race, ethnicity, LGBQT, among others - that are most salient to your career and life.
What are the benefits?
  • A community of peers to leverage for support, feedback, and ideas throughout your career.
  • Structured and self-sustaining career development.
  • Peer accountability to make change happen.
  • Professional space for conversations about the intersection of who you are personally, professionally, and the role of your social identities in your experience.
How do I start? Contact Claire Horner-Devine to learn more about POP Circle & Coaching Program opportunities.

POP Circle & Coaching Testimonials

[This] is often a lonely profession, and our circle makes me feel much less alone. Now that I have my POP circle to validate my struggles, help me work through a range of challenges, and celebrate exciting milestones with me, I look forward to our next call the moment the current one is over.
POP Circles provides the unique opportunity to balance focus on the everyday problems that have big impacts on our well-being as professionals and human beings and the challenge to take on longer term discussions around the big issues with which we all wrestle.
The POP group has been an incredible place for growth & connection... I love how each of us come from different types of ... institutions, yet we all meet each other beautifully in our struggles, advice, and desire for growth. It has been so comforting to find that I'm not alone is some of the basic struggles I feel I should have overcome by now (like time management!), and to have people reflect back on me my own accomplishments allows me to talk back to that imposter syndrome attitude and see that I really do belong in the field of scientists. I so love the depth and heart that we are able to bring to the conversation, and how much we are able to gently nudge each other forward. In the year we have worked together, I have seen so much growth in each person, both professionally and personally, it is a gorgeous thing to see! This group has been pivotal for me in allowing me to see how much more I have to offer, and I have done, than I had been giving myself credit for... Thank you for the courage to stand in my strength, the supportive community that helps me lean in (and lean back) when I need to, and the tools that help me do it all even better. You are a game-changer Claire.

About Dr. Horner-Devine

Connection, creativity, and problem-solving are central to Dr. Horner-Devine's work. Her professional experience spans the domains of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), education, and social equity. For almost a decade she served as a faculty member at the University of Washington, running a research lab and teaching courses in the biological sciences.

She is the co-founder and co-director of three national programs (BRAINS, WEBS, and LATTICE) designed to accelerate and improve the career advancement of early-career women and researchers from underrepresented groups in STEM.

Dr. Horner-Devine received her B.A from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.

She has served as Director of Leadership and Diversity in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. She also has experience as an environmental consultant for a private firm and as a program officer for The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.