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kristin way kolesar

*not your average coach

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As an Executive Coach, Kristin works with leaders from a broad range of industries including healthcare, public service, finance, operational, non-profit, transportation and manufacturing to enhance leadership capabilities, drive culture change and develop high performing teams. Aside from working with clients 1:1, she regularly facilitates workshops on topics such as executive presence, mindfulness, team building, effective communication, emotional intelligence and has designed and delivered world-class leadership programs that transform culture and increase leadership capacity.

Kristin is a guest lecturer & guest conference speaker for the University of Tennessee delivering seminars on communication and leadership development. Kristin is also a Leadership Coach for the Executive MBA programs of the University of Tennessee. She is based in Knoxville, TN and serves a global client base. 

Kristin understands change and what it takes to adapt and pick a new set of tools to succeed in a new role or new context, to sometimes choose a new direction or approach and to create lasting transformative change. 

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...a global approach

Kristin has over 20 years of experience in corporate management, coaching, leadership development, and product development and has worked for some of the biggest names in the sportswear industry such as Puma, Speedo and Lululemon. She is particularly attuned to working with multi-cultural teams after many years spent living, working and studying in Germany, Spain, the US and Canada. She has successfully navigated launching businesses within companies and has coached hundreds of leaders from Director to the CEO level. 

coaching background

Kristin Kolesar is an International Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant.  She is an Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentialed by the International Coach Federation (ICF) of which she is also a Global member and member of the ICF Tennessee Chapter.  Kristin holds a Presence-Based Coaching certification through the Presence-Based Coaching. She is also certified in a number of assessment tools including EQ-i/EQ-360, Discovery Leadership Profile, Emerging Leader Profile, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.


fun facts

Kristin is a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Language and World Business. Kristin is fluent in English, German and Spanish. Outside of work, she and her husband Ken enjoy traveling, checking in on their two grown sons (24 & 27), hiking with their 3 year old daughter, and woodworking. They live by the lake in East Tennessee.

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