Emily Bermes is a seasoned Executive Leadership Consultant and the CEO of Emily Bermes + Associates where she develops executives into contemporary leaders who create better results for their companies, employees and investors. Using a unique combination of neuroscience-backed principles and data-driven strategies, Emily specializes in helping executives successfully navigate upward transitions and solve complex organizational problems that are getting in the way of growth.
With more than 15 years of experience as a partner-level consultant and executive coach, Emily has worked with Fortune 500 leaders across a wide range of industries, including biotech, pharmaceutical, CPG, banking and commodities. She’s also consulted with organizations in life sciences, healthcare, technology, advanced manufacturing and mining in the publicly held, mid-cap sector. Emily and her team specialize in executive coaching and assessments, executive transitions, leadership development and corporate engagement strategies.



"Hands down the best money I’ve spent on professional development—ever."

Doug Wood

Partner, 80/20 Inc
“Emily is our choice for bringing out the best in our people; she represents the best in the coaching process.”

Mark Michael

President of Fort Wayne Metals
“Just the energy that comes out of a coaching session with Emily is a positive influence and has been from Day One.”

Scott Glaze

Chairman & CEO of Fort Wayne Metals
This was a life-altering experience. For all the coaches, consultants and conferences I’ve spent countless time and money on, Emily is the first to produce results for me, my executive team and the company."

Jay Gilbert

President of PHP
“Since working with Emily, we've transitioned 15 VPs and SVPS into new roles. ALL of them have been successful through the high-touch, customized guidance that Emily provided. In addition, our executive team has been thrilled with the extra support they’ve received as managers in bringing on new team members. It truly allowed them to set expectations and provide feedback to new VP/SVP’s in a real-time, impactful way.”

Maggie Curcio

Director, Talent Management, Discover Financial Services

We dropped a Fortune 500’s problematic new-to-role executive fail rate to 0%.

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Emily is a captivating speaker and workshop facilitator. Through her executive presence, refreshing honesty and laser sharp coaching, Emily can shift the course of an organization in one talk. Her most popular talks include:
  • New Executives Are Failing at An problematic Rate. So How Do We Help Them Succeed? An Alternative to the 100 Day Plan.
  • The Executive-Ready Talent Market is Shrinking: Strategies for Building Successful Talent Pipelines
  • Strategic Decision Making Through Disruption and Uncertainty: The 4 Most Damaging Thinking Traps (and How to Avoid Them)
To book Emily for an upcoming conference or executive workshop, please contact contact Alex here.
Speaking and workshop experience include: TEDx, Financial Executives International (FEI), American College of Board Directors, Tyson Foods, Hillshire Brands, Discover Financial Services, Zimmer-Biomet, BASi, Compass Minerals, Parkview Hospital System and more.


Emily Bermes
Emily Bermes

Emily Bermes began consulting in 2000 and has significant experience in executive coaching, organizational and executive assessment, leadership development, ‘new-to-role’ officer transitions, and culture shaping disciplines. Her work has covered a wide spectrum of industries in the Fortune 500 environment including financial services, commodity, CPG, pharmaceutical and life sciences.

Her unique consulting approach blends her skills as a social science researcher with her 15+ years of experience as a senior-executive coach, organizational consultant, and facilitator to address the most complex organizational and human capital challenges. Emily’s portfolio of skills and business experience have made her a widely sought-after coach to “C” suite executives and a trusted advisor to senior management teams and Boards of Directors.

Prior to career in professional services, Emily was a Resident Faculty Member at Indiana University-Purdue University for twelve years. While in academia, she was an Honors Faculty member, published researcher, and the academic administrator of the University’s largest program.

Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication and a Master’s Degree in Business and Professional Communication from Purdue University. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC); a credential widely recognized as the most prestigious and rigorous in the executive coaching industry.

Lauren Elliott
Lauren Elliott
Executive Coach

Lauren holds a Bachelor Degree in Humanities from the University of California at Berkeley. She completed a year abroad in Spain attending the Universidad Compultense de Barcelona and speaks, reads and writes Castellano. Trained at the venerated Coaches Training Institute, she is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach.

Lauren brings 17 years sales and marketing experience in the advertising and promotions industry. She has worked extensively with decision makers in corporations such as LVMH, Cisco, Chiron, Bank of America, Mizuno, and Wired Magazine.

Lauren lives her values of inclusiveness, collaboration and community as an active member of the Glide Memorial Foundation which serves San Francisco’s homeless population with outreach programs.
About her association with Kinsley Group Coaching and Consulting she says:
“It’s exciting to contribute to work I believe in. Emily Bermes + Associates approach of highly individualized client attention and its commitment to quality product align with my sense of integrity and professional values.”

Kira McGovern
Kira McGovern
Executive Coach

Kira is nationally known for her dynamic and down-to-earth approach guiding executives, managers and work relationships to reach their full potential and expression. By moving beyond old habits and histories, clients experience breakthroughs in their personal and professional lives. Kira’s coaching is practical and positive, and draws on the inherent wisdom in each person to enable them to access their inner guidance system for achieving what matters most.

Prior to her coaching career, Kira has 15-years leadership experience in start-up, change management and business development in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. As Founding Executive Director of Giving New England, Kira led an entrepreneurial initiative to leverage new economy resources for social profit. Under her direction, Giving New England emerged as an innovative leader in the field of venture philanthropy, and was featured in Kiplinger’s, The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, National Public Radio and Women’s Business.

Kira McGovern has over 12 years coaching experience. She is also on the teaching faculty of the pioneering CRR Global (www.crrglobal.com) where she mentors coaches in mastering Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching.

Kira conducted her training with the internationally renowned Coaches Training Institute where she earned her distinction as Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, and has advanced training in personal and organizational Relationship Systems Coaching. Kira is certified by the International Coach Federation as a Professional Certified Coach, and is an alumna of University of California at Berkeley.

Donna Krone
Donna Krone
Executive Coach

Ms. Krone is a Professional Certified Coach with a 30-year business background in financial and health care services. Her vast experience in business, combined with her warm interpersonal skills, gives her a unique presence as a powerful leadership coach. She is a member of the Institute of Coaching Professional Association (ICPA), affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

A trusted partner who consistently exceeds expectations, Donna helps promote meaningful and sustainable change in individuals and organizations. Donna uses a multi-dimensional approach in her unique offerings focused on Professional Development, Leadership Training, Creativity and Innovation.

Donna received her coach training and her Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC) certification at The Coaches Training Institute (CTI), the premier international coaching school accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She also earned the prestigious Professional Coach Certification (PCC) credential from the ICF. Donna is a graduate of a yearlong CTI leadership intensive in Northern California, which develops both internal competencies and high impact front-of-the-room leadership skills. Donna is a teacher and curriculum designer for the True Purpose Institute™ and Life Change Artists™, training coaches and consultants in advanced level coaching skill mastery. Donna recently completed a term on the board of directors for the Life Planning Network. Donna is an Executive Coach with Kinsley Group, where she brings her powerful coaching style to senior and mid-level leaders. She also has a private practice in Boston, where she works with leaders, and individuals seeking to bring more meaning, purpose and creativity to their personal and professional lives. Donna holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts.

Claudia Eben
Claudia Eben
Team Lead Switzerland & Germany Executive Coach

Claudia Eben is a Swiss based Executive Coach who specializes in leadership development and building confidence in the work place. She holds a German Degree in Business Administration comparable to the MBA. She is a Certified Professional Coactive Coach from the Coaches Training Institute and the International Coach Federation (ICF), a Certified Trainer by the German dvct, and a graduate of the intensive CTI Leadership program in Spain that focuses on internal qualities and front-of-the-room leadership competencies. Claudia has coached and trained all over the world for such companies as Lufthansa German Airlines, PwC, SAP, Star Alliance etc.

As an executive coach, Claudia offers her clients her expertise and coaching knowledge in Team and Conflict Management, Sales, and Self-marketing, Negotiation, Leadership and Communication. Her clients have described Claudia’s coaching style as authentic, empathetic and challenging.

Judy Elkin
Judy Elkin
Executive Coach

Judy Elkin holds a Master’s degree in education and is a member of the Institute of Coaching Professional Association (ICPA), affiliated with Harvard Medical School. She earned the esteemed distinction of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from The International Coach Federation (ICF) after completing training at The Coaches Training Institute and The Center for Right Relationship. Judy brings a 25-year career in education and professional development to her coaching. As a coach, she believes her clients all have the capacity to lead successful, powerful, and fulfilling lives. Judy helps her clients create goals for themselves and move beyond what’s not working past any roadblocks that may stand in their way.

More recently, Judy has served as the director of an education program at Brandeis University. She also continues her own professional development by studying positive psychology and strengths based leadership.

Dawn Harry
Dawn Harry
Executive Coach

Dawn Harry holds her Master’s degree in Human Development & Cognition and received her professional coach training from the highly acclaimed Coaches Training Institute. Her areas of specialty include team building, human growth and learning, and social/emotional intelligence. Dawn works with clients in the corporate, non-profit, and education sectors to create clear and compelling visions of what they want to achieve, strategic plans for how to get there, and support to maintain momentum toward their goals and balance in their lives.

She is a Coaches Training Institute Circle Coach for the Quest Leadership program and is an adjunct faculty member at University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University.

Sonia Checchia
Sonia Checchia
Principal Consultant

Sonia is a communications consultant with twenty years of professional experience. A strong writer with an eye for design, she is able to communicate visually and verbally to ensure her clients’ most important messages are heard. Her core areas of expertise are internal communication, intercultural communication, and linguistic analysis. She has worked and consulted in a variety of settings, including management consulting, government, higher education, and not-for-profit organizations, and has particular expertise in the fields of human resources, diversity and inclusion, leadership development, and learning and development. Sonia holds a BA in International Studies from American University (Washington, DC) and an MA in Language and Culture/Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University (Washington, DC).

Hanna Cooper
Hanna Cooper
Executive Coach

Hanna Cooper holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. She earned her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certification from the International Coach Federation, her individual coaching certification (CPCC) training from the acclaimed Coaches Training Institute (CTI), and organization and relationship systems coaching certification (ORSCC) from the Center for Right Relationship.

Hanna has over 10-years’ experience overseeing public health programs in local and state government, and several non-profit organizations. As a coach, Ms. Cooper specializes with assisting new and established executives and teams to maximize organizational effectiveness. Hanna’s clients have described her coaching style as intuitive and authentic paired with a fierce dedication to their success.