About Benjamin Papa

Benjamin Papa draws from his education and experience in psychology and law as he partners with business and organizational leaders to creatively address their leadership and team development needs. His philosophy is centered on the premise that one’s “inner game” is the foundation for business and organizational success. He helps clients lead from their deepest and most authentic selves, fully leveraging their strengths while being mindful of and managing their weaker areas.

Ben uses a number of tools to support his clients’ development in creative, powerful, and oftentimes unexpected ways.  Ben has extensive training and practical experience with the Enneagram.  In addition to years of intense personal study, he has completed introductory and advanced certifications accredited by the International Enneagram Association (IEA), and has hundreds of hours of practical experience with the Enneagram leading trainings, coaching individuals, and facilitating groups and teams.  He is also certified to administer Hogan Assessments, Leadership Circle Profile, Leadership Culture Survey, and has completed a coach training program accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Ben came to leadership and team development after nearly two decades of practicing law in Nashville, Tennessee, mostly in the area of collaborative divorce.  In fact, he was largely responsible for bringing collaborative divorce to Middle Tennessee in 2009, serving as the Founding President of the Middle Tennessee Collaborative Alliance. His law practice afforded him the opportunity to collaborate successfully on teams with other professionals to guide clients as they made tough decisions in complex situations that frequently included high interpersonal conflict and complicated finances. He now employs that same set of skills as he trains and coaches leaders and leadership teams as they work to thrive in today’s complicated business environment.

Ben also co-founded and helps lead the Institute for Family Conflict Resolution (www.divorcetrainers.com), which develops and delivers Collaborative Divorce trainings, workshops, and coaching to collaborative professionals across the country, including multiple presentations at the Annual Forum of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) as well as a presentation at the American Bar Association Family Law Conference.


Ben lives in Brentwood, TN with his family and enjoys hiking in the mountains, reading, Vanderbilt football, and dinner with friends.


Vanderbilt University: B.A. in Psychology

The Ohio State University College of Law:    J.D.

Vanderbilt University Divinity School:    M.Div.

Current and Recent Leadership Experience

Middle Tennessee Collaborative Alliance Board of Directors (multiple terms)

Miriam’s Promise Adoption Agency Board of Directors

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Research Committee

Professional Credentials

License to Practice Law in Tennessee

Rule 31-Listed as Family and General/ Civil Mediator through Tennessee Supreme Court

Trained in Collaborative Divorce

Enneagram Spectrum Training and Certification (Basic and Advanced)

Presence-Based Coaching Training

Circle Facilitation Process Training

Leadership Circle Profile and Leadership Culture Survey Certification

Hogan Assessment and Advanced Interpretation Certification

Current Professional Memberships

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

International Coach Federation (Global and TN Chapter)

International Enneagram Association

Middle TN Society for Human Resource Management

Williamson County Chamber of Commerce

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