Kelleen has helped me to understand and focus on what is important to me so that I can be happy and fulfilled. She has coached me through my exploration and helped me to structure my life and work so that I am much happier. She has known when to challenge me and has given me guidance when I entered areas that were completely new to me. I really appreciate all that she has done for me and would recommend her to anyone that needs a change in their life to be happier.
- Andy Deck, Deck Ranches, KW Realty
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. [I] 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.
"I have achieved greater work/life balance through my conversations with Kelleen. With Kelleen’s guidance, I’ve reframed my work and work habits so they fit within both my professional goals and my personal value set. I now prioritize what is important for me, and put my energy first into those things. I have restructured my day, my job, and my personal life in a way that energizes me, and gives me focus. Kelleen has helped me to confidently use my inner strengths, many of which I had tempered over the years. As a goal driven person, I have been able increase my authentic living, and shape my goals to give me the true inner fulfillment that I seek."
- Tenea Watson Nelson, PhD, Asst. Dean, School of Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University
When I was discerning whether or not to work with Kelleen, I read through the testimonials on her website. I saw words like “genius”, “amazing coach”, “my biggest supporter and my most honest advisor”, and “indispensable”. The skeptic in me thought, “Could someone really be THIS good??”
Yes, she is this good. Kelleen has innate gifts that she uses to bring forth the truth. The beauty of her process is that she finds what exists uniquely within and brings it forward in a way that is both empowering and authentic. She helps bring clarity to chaos by helping people know themselves better, and in doing so find higher levels of success. And while she makes it appear effortless, she draws from both her significant formal education and a wealth of varied professional experiences...all of that makes her coaching both insightful and meaningful.
I have come to value my time with her as a sounding board, a source of wisdom, and someone with whom I genuinely enjoy spending time. Working with Kelleen has made me a stronger leader.”
— Chris Doherty, Hewlett Packard Enterprises
When I was selected to do a TEDx talk, I felt pretty confident in my ability to write a concise, funny, detailed and representative presentation on the subjects allotted to me. As a cartoonist, that is basically what I do, only in a different form. The organizers suggested that we use mentor/coaches to help us, if we felt that we needed help. Kelleen was a Facebook fan of my work, and I knew that she was a mentor and coach. I thought, "What do I have to lose? I can always NOT use her advice if I don't find it helpful. It turns out that engaging Kelleen was the best thing I could have done. She helped me whittle down my talk to the essences of the subjects, she listened to my presentation multiple times and had great advice on how to make it better. She offered lots of encouragement, and sat in the audience grinning and laughing along with the rest of the crowd. And perhaps the best thing was that she always came back to the idea that I knew what I was doing; I just needed a little outside perspective to make it the best it could be. I highly recommend her services and I highly recommend her!"
- David Cohen, National cartoonist and musician, Asheville, NC
I have come across many smart, strategic, capable, articulate, empathetic, energetic leaders and advisers over the course of my career. While Kelleen has all of those qualities, she has one that is particularly rare and desirable in a mentor/coach: wisdom. It is her wisdom that truly sets her apart from the crowd and it is one of the qualities that inspires my trust in her counsel. She was instrumental in helping me create my business and will no doubt play a role in its growth and success. She will challenge you, inspire you, and ultimately be by your side as you discover your best path forward. The results are undeniable."
- Sirish Prabhu, Founder & Principal, The Policy Matrix
I began working with Kelleen at a time when I was completely overwhelmed with my business, sick family members, and natural disasters. Literally exhausted and needing a change, I felt like I was drowning in an ocean of chaos when a friend referred me to Kelleen. I thought he was crazy, “a business coach?” …. until my first session. I felt like I actually had a reliable ally and someone who knew exactly what I was going through. She asked the right questions so that I could find my own answers. She helped me to find the courage to put myself first, and gave me the tools to make some educated changes that I needed to move forward with the choices that would benefit me. I look forward to continuing my journey with Kelleen as a business advisor and valued friend.
- A.G., Master Black Belt and former owner of Martial Arts Dojang
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
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
How do I define life-changing? Kelleen as my coach!!! From working with her, I am truly connected with myself - what I value and how I bring value. Kelleen helps me see options as well as obstacles and then take action to achieve whatever I want. She is a tremendous partner for gaining knowledge, receiving tough love when needed, and feeling infinite support and encouragement! Through our collaboration, I am more present and confident, living with much more peace, joy, and intention! THANK YOU, Kelleen!!! My coaching relationship with her is a life-changing gift to myself for MY SELF!!! Wouldn’t you want the same? I highly recommend coaching from Kelleen to create those limitless, life-changing opportunities for YOUR SELF!!!
Liz Bauer, Aerospace Project Manager AND Newly Certified Professional Coach, Houston, TX
Kelleen has done a fantastic job helping to mold me into my better self. She listens to my concerns and desires and then brings insights that help me identify what makes me happy and where I really want to take my career. She is my biggest supporter and my most honest advisor. Something you can't get without an outside viewpoint. I highly recommend coaching and Kelleen!
Pam Kroeper, eCommerce, CapGemini
In a time of transition and healing after a personal crisis, I was guided to Kelleen. I was ready to leave my day job and start my own spiritually-based business, but I did not have near clarity enough to know where or how to start. She brought me back to my foundation and helped me realize that I can "walk a mystical path with practical feet." Kelleen introduced me to several unique tools that I now use daily to grow both personally and professionally. Her personalized approach and ability to corral my gigantic dreams have made her an irreplaceable mentor. I got so much out of our first 10 sessions that I decided to work with her on a retainer basis, too. The insight she provides helps me not only in manifesting a business, but also living a purposeful and joyful life. I highly recommend her coaching, even if you aren't sure what your path is yet. She will help you find it!
Lindsay Moore, justalittleorganic.com
While most people turn to their family and friends (or internal reflection) to help them navigate some of life's biggest shifts, I can say first-hand that having a mentor who is unbiased and expertly trained to listen for the important things that are often hidden in between the words you say is irreplaceable. Kelleen has an innate ability to "see" the true purpose and soul within people and joins you hand-in-hand along your journey to self discovery. I have called on her a number of times when life threw me curve balls (career shifts, monumental life events, and even interpersonal conflicts)...each time she has delivered the kind of empowering truth I needed to push through and become more insightful, confident, and ready to embrace big change. I'd strongly urge anyone who's on the fence about needing a coach to try her free consultation—you'll be hooked (and a more whole person from that moment on).
Erin Pfiffner, Creative Lead @ YEXT, formerly, CEB
Kelleen Griffin is simply a genius. I highly recommend working with her anytime you are facing a job change or need a new position, or even need your resume redesigned. Her advice and expertise in negotiations are absolutely necessary to get what you want... she makes it so easy too - she tells you exactly what to say - and what NOT to say.... I have been so impressed and have been very successful with her as my secret weapon helping me navigate the work environment.
Heather Shirin Neff, Siteimages
Kelleen is an excellent sounding board and coach. She has helped me identify new perspectives on my career as well as given me support through tough moments. Her willingness to listen and skill at providing thought-provoking guidance has granted me with more insight as a manager. Kelleen is definitely a partner to have on your side whether you are looking to make a change or just need a new perspective on your career!
Christina Naumann, At Home, Inc.
Kelleen is very professional, personable, and excels as a business coach. She is upfront and transparent about the coaching process. She let me know that the process required a level of commitment and hard work, in order to grow as a person. The advice was not always what I wanted to hear, but it was ultimately what I needed to hear, in order to achieve success in key areas of my business... Having Kelleen as a sounding board is priceless. I would not hesitate to recommend Kelleen to a colleague or a friend.
David Naumann, HP
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
Kelleen is a "born" coach. She combines an innate sense for people and their motivations - what makes someone "tick" - with a well-grounded understanding of organizational behavior theories and her own practical and life experience to provide a unique coaching and mentoring experience. I recommend her highly, and am happy to elaborate in more detail if needed.
Navin Kunde, Partnerships Leader @ Clorox, ex-CEB
Kelleen's ability to help me navigate through strategic as well as tactical questions was invaluable and continues to be so. Once our initial package was completed, it became obvious to me that I wanted to continue working with her. Six months laters, I can't think of a single thing in my entire career that has made such an impact on my effectiveness at my job or my attitude toward my work life."
Vera Natasha Hinojosa, Netspend
Kelleen brings with her not only her many years of experience, but also keen intuition and experience in dealing with people and organizations. She has a gift for making the complex understandable.....and her humor, energy, and warmth make her an engaging and dynamic speaker and facilitator.
Lindsay Geyer, Former VP of HR, Port Blakely, Seattle
Kelleen is an amazing coach who will help you figure out what it is that you want to be when you grow up, and then work with you to map out every step that will get you there. The work that you'll do with her is hard, but you'll come out of it having a better understanding of who you are, why you do the things you do, and how to be successful on your terms in an authentic, ethical way...
Catherine Choe, Founder @ TFL Compass, ex- CEB
Kelleen is very strategic in her approach to assisting her clients. She spelled out a solid strategy for our sessions. However, she was flexible and has often let me drive the meetings, especially if there is something more pressing to discuss. In addition to the time spent during our sessions, she makes herself available for any questions between sessions. This is not common! If you are looking for someone to help you pursue your next dream job or just to offer unbiased guidance, Kelleen is truly the person.
Dean Silbert, CallSocket, CA
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.