A.J. Pape

A.J. Pape is a leading international trainer, coach and facilitator. His career spans 28 years coaching more than 1,000 leaders across finance, insurance, pharmaceuticals and software. His clients have included Shell, Pfizer, CapitalOne, and Zappos.

By focusing leadership development on concrete business needs, his clients have eliminated delays in multi-billion dollar plant construction, saved millions in procurement costs, and scaled their organizations more than 10x while maintaining differentiated culture and employee engagement.

Example projects

  • A.J. served as Head of Faculty for an international leadership program focused on developing high-potential talent at a global top-5 bank. With an annual budget of $1M USD, the client calculated ROI of ~700%. Field challenge projects were sited in Brazil and India. To date, more than 1,000 leaders have graduated from this program.
  • The largest UK credit card brand engaged A.J. to work with the COO and his direct reports for a year, including facilitating their annual planning retreat and providing monthly individual coaching and group facilitation. The team reported breakthroughs in their effectiveness and productivity while also managing significant market and operating model disruptions.
  • During the start-up phase of a $2B plant construction project in Ireland, A.J. facilitated the senior executives and top 80 staff to develop a common approach to high-performance leadership and on-time milestone delivery. Through his coaching the senior executives removed a critical bottleneck that had caused recurring delays between the construction and operating units of the organization.
  • For a leading global energy client, A.J. facilitated a multi-month leadership development program including large-group sessions, small group coaching onsite and via webinar, and individual coaching in the US, UK & Europe. He was the highest-rated facilitator in the program.


Princeton University, School of Public Affairs & International Relations. Bachelor’s Degree.

Strozzi Institute, Teacher Training Program. Assistant Course Instructor for the Institute.


Originally Canadian, A.J. has lived and worked in the U.S., U.K., India and Brazil. He speaks fluent Portuguese and conversational French.

Reach A.J. at aj@upsidegroup.com

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