Kelly works with emerging and growing leaders to achieve greater productivity, creativity and overall happiness.  Kelly supports their discovery of new mindsets and their experimentation with new behaviors, thus accelerating their career development.  Leaders 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 team members.

A People Development Specialist with a Professional Background

Kelly is a people development specialist with almost 25 years of experience.  For over 12 years, she provided professional career development counseling for 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 aimed at building communities and changing cultures.  Additionally, she 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.  While there, she developed their recruitment and talent management strategies.  She has interviewed hundreds of candidates and served as a manager for numerous Hiring Committees.

Several years of Experience in Developing Leaders

With Open Circle Coaching, Kelly has worked extensively with professionals to help them achieve the goals they have set for themselves while meeting the needs of their organizations.  She has counseled emerging leaders on how to achieve steady upward development while retaining their authenticity.   Her work with experienced leaders has centered on helping them set a vision for their organization and foster greatness in their team members.

She helps all of her clients build skills in self-identified areas including communication, mentoring, leadership presence, influence and trust-building.  Kelly’s clients come from diverse sectors, such as: legal, management consulting, public relations, marketing, accounting, technology, graphic design, higher education, health care and nonprofit.

Educational Background

Kelly is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching program where she studied in the fields of adult development, organizational development, sociology, somatics, behavioral science and linguistics.  She has received McKinsey training in managing team dynamics, administering and synthesizing results from 360-degree interviews, using effective communication and working with assessment tools.  Kelly is a member of the Society for Human Resources and Management and a PCC-certified Leadership Coach from the International Coach Federation.  Kelly earned a B.A. in English from James Madison University in 1992.  She is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Organizational Development from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

And 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.  Each day, I try to find a way to get outside, either on bike or foot, and enjoy the quiet stillness and activity of the outdoors.  I enjoy these pursuits even more by returning to my couch to settle in with an intellectually challenging book and a nutritionally deficient snack.

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved to listen to people’s stories to hear 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?