Kelly L. Holm, Founder, Chief Coaching Officer & Strategic Thought Partner
Strategically and Creatively Engaging the Whole Leader for Authentically Sustainable Results.
An award-winning leader and executive coach, Kelly's approach leverages 30 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience, including hands-on senior executive 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 teams, entrepreneurs, and professional coaches from more than 16 countries and 30 industries, including 100 Best Companies and the Fortune 50.
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. Clients and colleagues alike describe her as a "gifted systems thinker" with a unique blend of senior leadership experience, strategic perspective, deep insight, and a personal dedication to helping her clients achieve authentically sustainable results.
Kelly specializes in accelerating results through Leaders, Teams, Entrepreneurs, and Coaches (HR, L&D, Manager as Coach, or Professional Coaches) who desire to:
Scale leader effectiveness to develop, grow and/or lead a larger organization
Develop a "Signature Executive Presence" (effective and authentic leadership brand)
Groom leaders for larger responsibilities (senior leader bench, succession planning)
Develop their leadership team to lead more effectively beyond line-of-sight
Prepare to on-board and/or transition to a new role more effectively
Refine coaching skills to more effectively grow and develop leaders and teams
Build a "100 Best/Great Places to Work" culture of high performance
Clarify your own "Authentic Journey to Mastery," including the desire to be on-purpose, refine and "Tune Your Instrument," and leave meaningful legacy
For a full list of Certifications, Diplomas, and Credentials, please see our Credentials page.
Kelly fosters long-term client relationships, including organizations she has worked with in various capacities since 1990, and leaders who continue to reach out to her again and again over the course of their careers. She honors the confidentiality policy of the International Coach Federation and refrains from publishing client names.
Kelly's clients represent privately-held, family-owned, ESOP, co-op, non-profit, and public multinational organizations from the following industries:
Industry Sectors Served
Advertising / Branding / Digital Media
Banking / Credit Union
Business & Professional Services / Legal / Coaching / Executive Search
Consumer Goods / Retail (both Internet and "bricks & mortar")
Hospitality / Travel
Information Technology / Internet Services / Electronic Device / Software
Medical Device / Medical Imaging / Medical Research / Pharmaceutical
Real Estate / Property Management
Prior Leadership Roles
Board Member has served on boards of both non-profit and for-profit organizations.
President of a national Information Technology services company (ESOP). 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.
Personal Background 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 her comfort and facility in working with diverse leaders and organizational cultures. Her own life experience, international upbringing, and passion for leveraging diverse strengths to drive team excellence make her naturally attuned to diversity and inclusion initiatives. Kelly and her partner of 24 years and their two adopted cats are now based in the greater Seattle area.
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