Dr. Kathleen Sturgis serves The Leadership Trust® as an expert in organizational and interpersonal communication. With a commitment to fostering personal and organizational awareness, Dr. Sturgis is highly regarded for her ability to enhance communication processes, facilitate change management, and reinvigorate strategic planning processes.
Dr. Sturgis is Executive Director of the American Leadership School and author of Dance of the Chameleon, a story written for adult children of all ages. Her doctorate is from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She is a native Floridian and received her BA and MA from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She has served on the adjunct faculty for a number of universities and has led research, consulting and training projects for international corporations and nonprofit organizations.
With an energetic and optimistic presentation style, she is frequently sought after for retreats, keynotes and motivational talks dealing with a wide range of topics including conflict management, productive workplace behavior, team communication, leadership development, facilitation, effective presentations, and career/life renewal. With 25 years of industry experience, her group facilitation skills and instincts are well-honed; she is committed to results-driven sessions that result in clear goal establishment, clear accountabilities, timeframes and next steps. In addition, she is highly regarded for her one-on-one communication strategy sessions that support “clean slate communication” and create more effective relationships with coworkers and clients.
On a personal note, her favorite words are “hope” and “optimism.” She loves gardening and has been known to raise butterflies on her back porch. She sings in the North Carolina Master Chorale and serves on the advisory board for the Small Business at Wake Technical Community College. She is an active volunteer in local and national organizations and has recently been appointed to the national leadership team of Kappa Delta Sorority where she will serve as a communications and organizational development specialist. She is based out of Cary, North Carolina where she lives with her husband and two college-age children.