Dr. Katherine Holt is a global change agent who helps people realize their dreams. She manages two values-based networks which champion social justice, promote environmental stewardship, and develop global leaders. Change, innovation and sustainability are her paradoxical passions – along with supporting organizations whose mission is to create a better world. Her broad management consulting background includes assessing talent, coaching leaders, and conducting leadership development programs in more than 25 countries.
Katherine developed her eclectic coaching approach as a line manager and consultant who experimented with different ways to coach people on her teams. She specializes in transformational coaching, helping people shift their perspectives, behavior and habits to show up as the leaders they want to be. She encourages clients to visualize specific changes they want to make, build authentic relationships with diverse stakeholders, and engage everyone in addressing key challenges.
Her forte is team coaching, working with multiple levels of leaders to accelerate their individual and collective performance. She designs and facilitates retreats on strategic alignment, team-building, and managing change. She engages stakeholders in dialogues about collaborative leadership practices and opportunities to create healthier organizations.
Her core values are courageous leadership, authentic action, collaborative learning, respect for diversity, and sustainable living. She has spent 25 percent of her time on pro bono work for the past two decades. Her projects included co-facilitating a grassroots vision effort in Colorado, educating people about Gaviotas (a sustainable village in Colombia), participating in a design charrette for an eco-village in Japan, and coaching citizen journalists in developing countries.Her work has benefitted non-profit organizations such as the United States Institute of Peace, World Pulse, World Resources Institute, and Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives (ZERI).
Katherine grew up in the heartland of the USA where she began studying Spanish in third grade with limited opportunities to practice. She learned Japanese after moving to Tokyo in 1993 to establish the Asia-Pacific offices for a USA consulting firm. Her travels in China and India caused her to question unsustainable business practices and prompted her to launch her own business after repatriating back to the USA in 2000. She commutes between San Francisco and Durango, a small town in southwest Colorado, where she lives with her Italian Greyhound at an elevation of 1,985 meters.
Dr. Holt received her Ph.D. in Industrial Relations from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. After serving on ASTD’s global board of directors from 2000-2002, she received their lifetime professional service award in 2005 and became their first CPLP Fellow in 2012. She holds the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is working toward her ESIA coaching supervision accreditation through the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).
She pioneered the development of customized 360 assessments and served as chief architect for The PROFILOR® family. In 2010, she began organizing Global Assessment Summits and conducting benchmarking surveys to improve the practice of cross-cultural assessment. After contributing to leadership development resources such as Awaken, Align, Accelerate and the Successful Manager’s Handbook, she is now editing three books on global and multicultural coaching. Her articles on global leadership have been published in professional journals and practitioner magazines.
Her Africa learning journey began with an extended trip to Nairobi in 2015. Katherine is excited to experience Ethiopian culture and be inspired by NGO leaders and their missions. She looks forward to collaborating with local coaches on their engagements with NGO teams. Next year she expects to conduct coach workouts in South Africa and India along with supporting NGO leaders in other parts of the world.