Barbara Rapaport

Headshot of Barbara Rapaport
Headshot of Barbara Rapaport

About Me

Barbara Rapaport passionately believes the answers are always in the room. Through her executive coaching firm, Real-time Perspectives, Barbara collaborates with clients to create the appropriate context for those answers to surface. She has distinguished herself with local, national, and global clients for her signature ability to guide them to reflect deeply on where they want to go – and to say out loud – what’s getting in their way. Barbara’s 20-year career encompassed various leadership positions that ultimately inspired her “real-time” approach to leadership development and group problem-solving.

In her consulting practice, Barbara has worked with more than 100 varied client groups in over 20 countries. She has coached senior leaders and their teams at the World Economic Forum and major public-school systems in New York, Washington D.C.,Philadelphia, and Denver. She also has committed herself to helping clients uncover hidden barriers that impede their ability to embrace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

Over the years, Barbara designed and facilitated Leadership Development Programs for the Grand Rapids Chamber, the Cook Academy Leadership Fellows at Grand Valley State University, and a Senior Leadership Program for administrators at Ferris State University.

Barbara is the author of Reimagined, a memoir recounting her harrowing experience battling and surviving a rare form of cancer. She earned her B.A. in American Studies at Douglass College and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She holds an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University. Barbara lives in Grand Rapids, MI, with her husband,Stuart, and has two wonderful grown children whom she is very proud of.