Katherine smith

ceo and founder

Katherine Smith began Keys 2 Action in 2014 as a professional coaching, leadership development and organizational design firm committed to helping individuals, teams, and organizations identify their strategic goals and put realistic plans in place to reach them.  Katherine has developed a practice that can be tailored to her client’s individual needs - be it for one-on-one coaching, team coaching, skills training, or motivational speakers to spark an organization. She brings whole person coaching to busy, successful leaders, helping them identify strengths to build on and to recognize vital opportunities that will help them be even more effective in all areas of their life. She applies a combination of visual practices and proven methodologies to draw out creative solutions designed for the real world. Katherine continues to work with organizations on resource alignment to strategic intent and change management initiatives that support both corporate requirements and employee engagement. In June 2019, Katherine attended training with Brené Brown and became one of the first certified Dare to Lead™ facilitators.

For 35 years Katherine led the development and implementation of strategic action plans by facilitating cross-organizational collaborations, identifying resource opportunities, and developing talent. She worked up from processing payroll to managing multi-billion dollar budgets. Fortunate enough to work with some truly visionary leaders,Katherine learned strategic planning early and spent most of her career focused on how to successfully implement those plans. As CFO for various offices, Katherine discovered that money alone did not ensure success of a plan and people could make or break any initiative. In addition to leading resource management, she devoted time to organizational development, group facilitation, and coaching both junior and senior officers.  Katherine established Keys 2 Action in response to the growing pressure she was seeing on organizations and people to perform at higher and higher levels with less and less support for the tension that creates.

Katherine is a graduate of George Mason University and the Leadership Coaching Certification Program at Georgetown University. She is a trained and certified facilitator in TetraMap and Dare to Lead™.