Kay Harper

I’m inspired by…the nature of systems, biological, social and organizational and how they respond to change. I’m also inspired when people have a desire for continuous learning and engage in actively exchanging ideas with the goal of making something better.

The biggest opportunity for leaders today is…to grow their organizations by unleashing the power of the individuals and teams that work there.  Creating a vision that inspires the people within the organization to do their best work. Authentically supporting individuals and teams in their individual and cumulative growth.

Things that make me smile include…animals, music, nature, traveling and exploring different cultures and environments, my family’s strength and my group of incredible friends.

What matters to me…finding meaning in my work, helping people and organizations navigate change and complexity, supporting my community and having fun while doing it all.

Role

Leadership Coach and Agile Workshop Faculty

Experience

Kay coaches leaders and teams that are looking to grow and reach higher levels of success in this challenging time of exponential change. Kay’s passion is being a catalyst for organizations as they navigate this transformation, speeding up the rate in which individuals and teams become more engaged and produce better results. Her lifelong experience as a leader, coach, consultant and practitioner gives Kay a keen understanding of what’s needed to help businesses thrive in the increasingly unpredictable market.

In 2014, Kay recognized the growing demand for leading and working in a new way. She started her own company with a determined focus on partnering with people and organizations as they make this shift. Her twenty-plus years of working in various industries, enable her to assist leaders and teams through change to see tangible results. Her clients will tell you that she has a unique skillset bringing alignment to both the people side of organizations (culture, leadership, teamwork, motivation) and the business side of organizations (strategy, process improvement, implementing delivery frameworks).

In addition, Kay is an Accreditor for the International Consortium for Agile where she works with organizations and training providers to ensure alignment with quality learning objectives and to create  interactive learning experiences that cultivate an agile mindset and enable sustainable organizational agility. Kay is a founding member of Agilehood KC, a non-profit group that supports, fosters and educates the Kansas City community in Lean/Agile mindsets and practices.

Recent engagements: Cox Automotive, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, eScreen, Cameron Mutual Insurance, Westar Energy

Training and Certifications

  • Member International Coaching Federation
  • Certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC), Center for Right Relationship
  • Leadership Circle 360 and Leadership Culture Certification, The Leadership Circle
  • ICAgile Certified Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE AC), International Consortium of Agile
  • Developmental Coaching, Coaches Rising
  • ICAgile Professional – Business Value Analyst (ICP BVA), Agile Project Management (ICP APM), Agile Testing (ICP TST), ICAgile Professional (ICP), International Consortium of Agile
  • Collaboration Architect, Innovation Games, Conteneo
  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Product Owner (CSPO), Scrum Alliance
  • Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI ACP), Project Management Institute

Education

  • Bachelor of Science Biology, Minor Chemistry, University of Missouri Kansas City

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