“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” — Denzel Washington
“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” — Steven Spielberg
“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey
Kelleen has worked with us since the beginning of our transformation from a closely held group of professionals with a strong set of shared values to a much larger organization with dynamic new members sharing different experiences and expectations. Kelleen has led three high impact workshops that have been instrumental in determining who we are going to be as a leadership team. The upfront work and time that Kelleen invested made all the difference in each case – she spent the time to understand each of us individually. This insight allowed her to design productive workshops that all yielded positive results. Here is what I wrote Kelleen after the conclusion of our third workshop:
- may be naive, but I thought it could not have gone better.
- our team’s style is to seek resolution rather than to elevate conflict.
- what we do with what we learned today is critically important.
- had very positive conversations with two critical participants.
- I’m realistic, certainly many challenges ahead for the team.
- The good news: today’s session provides a positive platform for us to deal with any challenges ahead.
Kudos- you did a great job leading the day - and the evolution of our collaborative thinking from kickoff months ago to today was near perfection. Great Job!
- Jim Arnold, Senior Partner, Deliver Strategies, Washington D.C., 2017 - Present
"I first met with Kelleen for assistance in guiding me through a difficult time at work. After a few sessions, I was so impressed with her work, that I asked her to coach my entire leadership team. Her coaching helped us to better understand each other's strengths, weaknesses and communication styles. A year later, I am still sending members of my leadership team to her. Her coaching sessions have contributed to the success of our team individually, and to our organization as a whole."
- Brewier Welch, Executive Director, Brooks Howell Home, Asheville, 2016 - Present
As a mentor, facilitator, leader, and speaker Kelleen is truly gifted in her calling to help others aspire to their greatest potential. I'm a new mom, balancing work and life, Kelleen was an absolutely essential lifeline for my career. Working with Kelleen helped me tap into my own authentic leadership style and find/refine my truest voice. In facilitating our team's group session Kelleen was a catalyst for a remarkable shift that helped unify and propel my entire team forward during a period of transition. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Kelleen - allowing her to speak into your life with her natural wisdom and courage could be one of the best decisions you make not only for your career but for all areas of your life.
- Caroline Skinner, Sr. VP of Human Resources, Tupelo Honey Cafe Restaurants, Winter, 2018
I have been working with Kelleen for over two years now and she has been a tremendous help for me both professionally and personally. She is very well versed in many subjects and can handle anything I throw at her, with expertise. She always has something in her tool bag for what ails me, staying in tune with the smallest details, and at the same time helping me stay on track with my long term mission. I feel very comfortable in recommending her for anyone looking for a coach.”
- Moises Rivera, founder & owner, NRL Mortgage, Austin, TX, 2013 - Spring, 2018
“Her work is really unique. What she brought ..was both sides of the brain at a very deep level. We were going through a big transition. Kelleen really had the skill set to manage it. It’s one thing to talk about it and another to be able to do it..... She was indispensable!”
- Rene Ancinas, CEO, Port Blakely, Seattle
A few more thoughts from my clients
"Kelleen is a great coach. She effectively supported me through the process of understanding my strengths to effectively position myself on the market. She helped me to analyze myself to become more aware of my qualities and to increase my self-confidence." Federico Romani, Director of Finance, Oil & Gas Industry, Italy
"Kelleen is an excellent coach and guide if you are looking for a career change. Over the course of a year, she patiently coaxed me out of my comfort zone and helped me to consider different career paths, one of which I ultimately followed..." Susan Fleischmann, Stanford University
"Exceptional ally, extremely knowledgeable, outstanding commitment to your success, and gifted with years of experience and expertise." Tammarrian Rogers, Microsoft
"I used Kelleen's coaching services for a few sessions, given the short time I had, and these sessions were crucial in determining the next steps on my career path. She has a great capacity to quickly absorb and understand who you are, and then prepare a plan to improve your best characteristics. I highly recommend her coaching services, even if you do not live in the US." Andre Olivo, Walmart Brazi
"Kelleen guided me through my mixed-up thoughts and tangents, while holding my potential firmly. I experienced being embraced by her embodiment of compassion and vision, while allowing “what is” and naming it. By the end of our ten sessions, I experienced a type of after-image: my squiggly way of process had brought me to a resolution of the “why?” when I approached Kelleen as my life coach." Ruth Lawrence, Health Coach Institute student
"Kelleen helped me at the exact moment I had several job interviews. I needed practice, and the role play work we did was amazing. I felt prepared, and better yet, I got the job!" Richa Bansal, Informatics
"Kelleen has been a wonderful life coach. I initially worked with her in 2011, and worked with her again this year, in 2013. She has helped me to find my path, and my strength. I highly recommend her!" Judith Kahan, Tour Director
"She has a natural gift for teaching and coaching and any school, institution or client that interacts with her will notice that and surely will be able to follow their leadership path." Caroline Yokomizo, Deloitte & Touche Brazil
"When I started working with Kelleen, my company was in a growth phase....Kelleen helped me to navigate the shifting landscape. My company let go of aproximately 25% of their managment team in a short period of time. I believe that Kelleen's coaching facilitated my ability to survive and thrive during the transition. Thank you Kelleen!" Cathy Kaufman, Health & Wellness Coach
I am very grateful to all my clients who have graciously granted permission for their stories to be shared. Thank you.