About Benjamin Papa

BENJAMIN PAPA, JD, ACC partners with leaders, teams, and organizations to help them achieve personal and professional excellence, leveraging his nearly twenty years of leadership in strategizing innovative ways to solve multi-faceted and legal, interpersonal, and financial problems. Highlights of his professional background include:

TRUSTED ADVISOR Successfully advised hundreds of clients, many of them business executives, physicians, attorneys, and organizational leaders, in the resolution of complex disputes that included difficult legal, financial, and interpersonal issues, frequently with millions or tens of millions of dollars at stake. He has provided professional development and leadership coaching at all levels of organizations from individual contributors to CEO’s.

EXPERT COLLABORATOR Formed and helped lead many dozens of professional teams, aligning stakeholders from multiple disciplines with disparate interests behind creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems. He was the thought leader and originator of the Collaborative Divorce movement in Middle Tennessee, successfully employing this team-based, problem-solving approach in nearly eighty cases – more than any other attorney in the state.

MASTER FACILITATOR Developed and delivered dozens of workshops and trainings at the local, regional, national, and international levels, including for the American Bar Association and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Training topics included collaboration, conflict management, and professional development. As a consultant, he has facilitated team development projects for business and nonprofit clients, including leadership teams and boards of directors.

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 (multiple terms)

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Research Committee

Professional Credentials

Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation

Authorized Partner with Patrick Lencioni’s Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team 

Basic and Advanced Enneagram Certifications

Hogan Assessment and Advanced Interpretation Certification

Leadership Circle Profile Certification

Tennessee Supreme Court listed Mediator

License to Practice Law in Tennessee (inactive)

Current Professional Memberships

Association for Talent Development (Nashville and National Chapters)

International Coach Federation (Global and TN Chapters)

International Enneagram Association

Middle TN Society for Human Resource Management

Williamson County Chamber of Commerce

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