Kelly Kienzle, founder of Open Circle Coaching, provides leadership coaching and facilitation to individuals and teams to improve organizational performance.  She believes that by strengthening self-awareness and widening perspective, a leader can learn to see scenarios from a new angle that uncovers the possibility for greater productivity, creativity and overall fulfillment.

Kelly works with emerging and growing leaders to achieve growth in their professional lives.  She supports their discovery of new mindsets and their experimentation with new behaviors, thus accelerating their career development.  She helps all of her clients build skills in self-identified areas including effective communication, building trust, navigating change, team management, leadership presence and vision-setting.

Clients work with her in both one-on-one coaching sessions and highly interactive team workshops.  Her company also designs and delivers leadership development programs for organizations investing in their human capital.

A People Development Specialist

Kelly is a people development specialist with over 25 years of experience.  For 13 years, she provided professional career development to hundreds of top performers globally at McKinsey & Co., one of the preeminent management consulting firms.  In this role, she offered career coaching, led hiring strategies, and spearheaded organizational development initiatives. She also led the design of the professional development processes and recruitment strategies for internal start-up groups.

Prior to this work, Kelly spent several years working in two national law firms, SNR Denton and Howrey & Simon, to develop their recruitment and talent management strategies.  She has interviewed hundreds of candidates to assess for organizational cultural fit and interpersonal skills.   She has also been a manager of numerous Hiring Committees.

Educational Background

Kelly is a PCC-certified Leadership Coach with the International Coach Federation with over 1500 documented hours of coaching experience.  Kelly earned a Master’s of Positive Organizational Development at Case Western Reserve University where she focused on how to build resonant leadership and achieve positive organizational change.   She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching program where she studied adult development, communications, somatics, and behavioral science.  While at McKinsey, she participated in numerous training programs involving managing team dynamics, working with 360-degree interviews, using effective communication and assessment tools.

She continues to take continuing education courses each year to remain certified as a leadership coach and to deepen her knowledge in targeted areas.

A Personal Note from Kelly…

I live with my husband and two daughters in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Charlottesville, VA.  I try to find a way to get outside almost every day.  By widening my visual perspective, I can better widen my mental perspective.

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved to listen to people’s stories.  I enjoy learning how they perceive the world.  I am most interested in hearing where people want to go next and what they want to achieve along the way.  I’m curious – – what future do you want to grow into next?