Our team is our greatest asset. They care deeply about creating a better world for this and future generations. These talented, caring experts provide time, energy, and insights to help shape the organization and the services it provides.
About the Founder
Kymm Nelsen has been on a mission to inspire professionals toward holistic business practices for nearly 20 years. As a long time small business owner and consultant, her contributions have always focused on improving mindset, motivation, and adult learning. She drives the Institute toward fulfilling its mission with the help and guidance of a brilliant team of advisors.
Always innovative, she launched a web design business in 1997 to help small businesses break through the technical glass ceiling and enter the digital marketplace. She has operated Great Life Training & Consulting for over ten years, providing training services for corporations and agencies, and personal development coaching for individuals and executives.
Ms. Nelsen is an instructor and consultant for the UC Davis Extension Center for Human Services at University of California, Davis. She is completing her doctorate in Social Psychology, with her dissertation research focused on the impact leader stress has on organizational success. She has a BA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, is a Certified Trainer of NLP, a Master Hypnotherapist, and coach. She has worked with numerous large and small organizations, but her favorite engagement so far has been the eight+ years she worked as a training consultant for Nike, Inc. She has trained thousands of individuals in the public and private sector across a variety of professional domains.
She is the Co-Founder of the Conscious Capitalism Portland Regional Chapter, also serving on the Executive Team. She currently serves on the board of the Association for Integrative Psychology, is a past Vice Chair of the faith-based mentoring program, Highland Re-entry and Recovery Program (HARRP) in Portland, OR, and has held a number of leadership roles in professional chapters throughout her career.
Now she steps into her greatest purpose – to help remove the tarnish greed-based capitalism has left on capitalism and empower today’s business professionals to create a positive legacy for this and future generations.
Founding Advisors Board
A heartfelt thank you to our Founding Advisors Board (FAB!) for providing tireless guidance and expertise in shaping the Institute for Conscious Leadership. The individuals listed below are outstanding in their fields and some of the most deeply caring and conscious people we know.
Norm Brogdon – Business Development
Norm Brogdon, Jr. is the Founder and Manager of BDS Global, a consulting and coaching company that works with entrepreneurs and small businesses. Norm has personally worked with thousands of individuals and small businesses to assist them in reaching their goals by applying proven business principles involving leverage, growth, and managing business assets, such as employees. Conscious Capitalism is a new term for a set of principles as old as time. Following them does not guarantee success, but creates a group of people that will work hard to achieve success for all.
Daniel Friedland, MD – Conscious Leadership, Integrative Health
Daniel Friedland, MD, author of a new book on Conscious Leadership, Leading Well From Within, is an expert on the science of leadership, wellness, and resiliency.
Daniel helps business and healthcare organizations transform their leaders and people from stress and burnout into high performing, innovative, engaged leaders, teams and cultures so they can thrive and make an even bigger difference in a globally competitive environment.
He is the founding chair of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine and CEO of SuperSmartHealth, which provides neuroscience, mindfulness, and evidence-based leadership training and coaching. For more information, visit SuperSmartHealth.com.
Nora Joanne Gerber – Learning and Professional Certification
Nora-Joanne Gerber is an instructor and consultant for the Center for Human Services at UC Davis CA Extension, a credentialed educator, and an entrepreneur. She is the creator of Welcome to Service With Heart City and other experiential learning workshops. Gerber received the first Distinguished Service in Training Award from the National Staff Development and Training Association (an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association), and an Outstanding Service Award for Teaching from UC Davis Extension. Recently Nora was honored to receive the 2014 Lewis Hine Award presented by the National Child Labor Committee in recognition of her outstanding service on behalf of children and youth.
"I feel compelled to collaborate with those who are dedicated to leading the development and support of Conscious Capitalism because I believe that everyone should benefit from all business efforts – not just a few, and not just monetarily. Doing business with a positive intent toward the general good is not just an idea or theory, it is a practical approach that is essential for the survival of healthy relationships and well being for all who inhabit this planet."
Veronika (Ronnie) Noize - Marketing
Veronika (Ronnie) Noize, known professionally as The Marketing Coach, is the author of three books: How to Create a Killer Elevator Speech, The 30-Minute Networking Secret Toolkit, and Marketing Strategies that Really Work, from Insight publications.
She was been ranked in organic results as the #1 marketing coach world-wide by Google from 2006-2015, and is rated in the top 4% of social media influencers in the English language by Klout. Ronnie appeared on "Dream Builders TV: A Focus on Entrepreneurship" as Your Marketing Coach, for which she won the Small Business Journalist of the Year award from the Small Business Administration.
She is a member (and past president) of the NW Coaches Association (a chapter of the ICF), and was named the chapter’s inagurual Coach of the Year. She was also honored as one of the NW Women’s Business Journal’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Ronnie was named the Women Entrepreneurs Organization (WEO) of SW Washington's 2010-2011 Most Valuable Member, and in 2014 was recognized as the first-ever recipient of the WEO Spirit Award. She is currently leading WEO as president.
Her DIY Marketing Center was named "Best in Business 2013" in the marketing category by the Vancouver Business Journal.
A contributing columnist for local publications including the Vancouver Business Journal, she has also written more than 100 articles for The Home Business Journal, The CEO Refresher, and The Home Business Report, among other business and trade publications.
She holds a BA in Communications from PSU, and is a graduate of Coach U. She was an instructor for three years at the International Coach Academy, and frequently speaks and teaches for many domestic and international organizations.
Linda Stirling - Product Development
Linda Stirling says the Institute for Conscious Leadership immediately drew the attention of her heart, as she has seen firsthand how the right kind of mindset within leaders can impact—both financially and at a spiritual level—everyone involved in a business or nonprofit. “I’m honored to be a part,” says Stirling, “for when we set the intention that business can be done in a different way, a way that benefits all involved, then we begin to have an impact that goes far beyond the framework of that business. Conscious Leadership is what we need to change our communities, our country, our world. Inside a business even one person can affect powerful change.”
Linda Stirling, an international bestselling author, agent and coach, works with writers around the globe, helping many achieve bestseller status. She has written 54 books in multiple genres, both under her own name and under pseudonyms.
Stirling’s background includes managing major metropolitan newspapers and magazines, running three publishing companies, and raising millions of dollars in sponsorships. As a speaker, she has shared the platform with notables such as Guy Kawasaki, Joel Comm, Harrison Klein, and others, plus she’s addressed many Fortune 500 companies. She’s been seen on ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and in many newspapers and magazines.
Volunteer work has included working with Native American children, setting up food resources for low income and homeless people, and creating community gardens.
Kalon Wiggins – Technology
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