Kelly L. Holm, Founder, Chief Coaching Officer & Strategic Thought Partner
An award-winning leader and executive coach, Kelly leverages over 30 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience, including hands-on senior executive leadership roles. Building on a successful career, Kelly returned to school to earn her professional coach credentials while launching her executive development and coaching firm. She has since had the honor of coaching hundreds of executive leaders, leadership team members, and professional coaches from more than 16 countries and 30 industries, including 100 Best Companies and the Fortune 50. Her own life experience, international upbringing , and focus on leveraging diverse strengths to drive excellence and innovation make her naturally attuned to diversity and inclusion initiatives. Clients and colleagues alike describe her as a "gifted systems thinker" with a unique blend of hands-on senior leadership experience, strategic perspective, deep insight, and personal dedication to helping her clients achieve authentically sustainable results.
Kelly specializes in working with high-performing leaders and leadership teams:
Focused on scaling their effectiveness to develop, grow and/or lead a larger business
Preparing to transition to a new role and/or new to the organization (on-boarding)
Grooming leaders for larger responsibilities (senior leader bench, succession planning)
Developing their leadership team to scale and lead effectively without direct line of sight
Focused on enhancing their ability to effectively grow and develop others (leaders, internal/external coaches, and HR and Learning & Development professionals)
Dedicated to their own authentic "Journey to Mastery," including the desire to be on=purpose, "tune their instrument," and leave a meaningful legacy
Desiring to build and sustain a 100 Best/Great Place to Work culture of high performance
Throughout her career Kelly was tapped as an internal “coach” and for leadership roles in organization-wide change initiatives. She developed a “leadership from the inside-out” philosophy over two decades of leading teams through significant transition. In 1999 she earned the moniker “Coach Kelly” and later became a Puget Sound Business Journal “40 under Forty” leadership honoree. This sparked the idea to make her consistent passion for developing leaders and leadership teams the focus of her work.
Prior leadership roles include:
President of a national Information Technology services company. A parent company to smaller firms, and partial owner of a Tribal 8(a) company, the role required a three-fold focus: serving federal government agencies (including earning a federal Full Secret security clearance), mentoring Tribal 8(a) organizations and smaller firms, and developing a culture of "ownership thinking" at every level to support the founder's goal to become a 100% employee-owned company.
Director of Core Services (Finance, HR and IT) of a national Information Technology consulting firm to address the "growing pains" of an expanding client base and corresponding geographic footprint.
Regional Program Manager for a privately held, international Management Consulting firm, specializing in organization development, financial reporting, and process improvement programs.
Regional Director of Operations for the Digital Media division of a publicly held international Experiential Marketing company specializing in branding, eLearning and international launch events.
Client Services Group Manager for a leading Seattle-based Branding and Graphic Design Firm.
Board Member serving on boards for both non-profit and for-profit organizations.
Raised in a family transferred every three years by IBM (fondly referred to as “I’ve Been Moved”), Kelly became fluent in a second language and attended an international K-12 school. The experience greatly informed Kelly’s comfort and facility in working with diverse leaders and organizational cultures. Kelly and her partner of 24 years and their two adopted cats now live in the greater Seattle area.
Our Client Relationships Kelly fosters long-term relationships with her clients, including organizations she has worked with in prior roles since 1990, and leaders who reach out to her again and again over the course of their careers. As a professionally certified and credentialed coach, Kelly honors the confidentiality policy of the International Coach Federation, and refrains from publishing client organization names.
Our Client Industries Kelly has coached leaders in public, private and non-profit organizations including: Banking, Beverage, Business Services, Coaching, Construction, Consumer Goods, Digital Media, Education, Electronic Devices, Energy, Engineering, Executive Search, Family Foundation, Health Care, Hospitality, Information Technology, Internet Services, Legal, Manufacturing, Medical Device, Medical Imaging, Pharmaceutical, Professional Services, Property Management, Real Estate, Retail (both Internet and "bricks & mortar"), Software, Telecommunications and Travel.
Certifications, Education, Affiliations and Awards Dedicated to the professionalism of the coaching industry, Kelly regularly maintains her credentials and related continuing education requirements, which include:
Diploma, Coaching Supervision, Coaching Supervision Academy (CSA)
Graduate, Master Coach Program (MCP), The Hudson Institute of Coaching (Hudson)
Certified Executive Coach, The Hudson Institute of Coaching (Hudson)
Completed Marshall Goldsmith Partners/Blaqwell Developing Lawyers as Leaders training
Professionally Credentialed Member, International Coach Federation (ICF)
Certified to administer the following assessment and development instruments: