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Kelly Meerbott provides executive leadership coaching and training to company executives in the technology, bio-tech, transportation, real estate, city government, marketing, public relations, and manufacturing fields, including Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 corporations such Virgin America, Walt Disney World, Sony Records, Anytime Fitness, and Universal Studios, as well as niche and boutique businesses like The Ritz-Carlton of Palm Beach, the British Tourism Authority, and the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center. Kelly’s work in public relations, print communications, and radio media as a communications executive enabled her to work with internationally-recognizable, name-brand companies, including with McDonalds, BB&T, BMW, Dollar Tree, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Interscope, Columbia, Capitol, and RCA (for a six-figure marketing contract portfolio).
Kelly’s 20+ year background of coaching using modern Cognitive Psychology & Psycholinguistics methods and ADDIE instructional-design training has enabled her to provide almost 10,000 hours of customized, targeted coaching for client-driven self-awareness, self-reliance, accountability, communications, persuasion skills, conflict resolution, diversity and inclusion skills, and awareness of multi-generational workplace factors. Her focus is to design and facilitate international marketing strategies via customized Executive Coaching Plans to enhance executive leadership capabilities (and to benefit their companies). Kelly’s career experience includes international consulting focusing on review and in-depth analysis to derive the best-practice instructional and coaching methods for individual and group training, including development of handbooks, visual aids, and tutorials and tracking progress via one-on-one discussions, observation, and other evaluation methods.
Her experience encompasses over 20 years of Instructional Design, including executive coaching and leadership development, and over 10 years of marketing, public relations, and sales in the media and hospitality sectors. As a life-long learner, she hones her coaching skills with continuing education, training, and certifications, including topics of leadership and emotional intelligence, as well as mentoring from the corporate coaching guru, Byron Katie.
Kelly has developed strong communications skills as well, providing small-to-large presentations to organizations and non-profits on topics of leadership, business networking, women in business, change-leadership, goal setting, communications, and diversity. She has been recognized as the Best Executive Coach (2018), Philly Current Magazine Pick, Philadelphia, PA; Best Executive Coach (2018), ProFinder’s Exclusive Best of 2017 List, Sunnyvale, CA; and nominated for the Woman of the Year (2014) by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She provides leadership guidance via blogs and vlogs as a SME advisor to Evisors.com and guest contributor to A Band of Women.com, ForwardMetrics.com. She is a regular SME contributor to the Philadelphia Business Journal (PA) and the Ask the Expert section of Inside Business (Hampton Roads, VA), in addition to hosting the podcast, Hidden Human: The Stories Behind the Business Leader, Philadelphia, PA.
Company profile: Pharmaceutical Company
Number of Employees: 59,000
Length of Engagement: 2 years
BUSINESS SITUATION: Big Pharma – Impact in the Boardroom — A tough-minded forthright client in a big commercial role was promoted on to the operating Board. Much to his surprise his impact and ability to get his voice heard at the Board table was significantly less than he was used to. He began to lose confidence on the one hand and overuse his forthright style on the other, exacerbating the situation. He felt very isolated and did not know who to ask for help, in what felt like quite an unwelcoming environment. This was the first time in his career he had felt this way.
SOLUTION: We collaborated and co-created a plan of success that focuses on executive coaching to help him read the underlying Boardroom dynamics of his colleagues quickly, understand his own reactions under pressure and his default communication styles.
BENEFITS: He learned to partner in subtle and sophisticated ways with his Board peers. He ended up being the ‘go to’ person for many of them. A year and a half later he was promoted again.
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Company profile: A Fortune 500 Retail-Based company.
Number of Employees: 341,000
BUSINESS SITUATION: Politics and confusion within the senior leadership team that trickled down to the frontline staff across the country. The result: $25 million in lost revenue and many of their “A” players were going to work for the competition.
SOLUTION: The senior leadership team was given a 360-degree assessment to complete on each member. Leveraging the results of the 360 assessment, the senior leadership team and I co-created a 12-month coaching and leadership development plan with the outcome of each session clearly communicated to each department by the department head.
BENEFITS: The company was able to retain five of its “A” players, which amounted to saving $500,000 in revenue. Communication was streamlined and became clearly implemented across the company. Revenue in Q1 increased by 25%, in Q2 by 33% and in Q3 by 17%.