Kelli H.

25+ years of experience as a woman in STEM working with an advanced degree at top tier research universities. Kelli helps clients reinvent how they approach work and life to build sustainable, transformative change that will lead to fulfilling and successful careers.

Full Bio

Kelli’s path to becoming a professional coach began in her role as a researcher and engineer. She experienced firsthand the unique challenges of typically being “the only woman in the room” and the continual pressure to balance professional and personal priorities.

Kelli’s coaching clients describe working with her as grounding, insightful, and empowering. She has a reflective and exploratory approach to her clients that leads to a deeper awareness of the obstacles standing in their way. That awareness allows clients to design and act on intentional plans centering around challenges with career satisfaction and transitions and developing confidence and presence to step into leadership roles.

Notable Client Achievements

  • Provided career/life coaching to the production team manager of a technical startup as he navigated the challenges of stepping into a managerial and leadership role.

  • Provided career coaching to a woman faculty member at a top-tier institution resulting in her feeling empowered to tackle the challenges in front of her, manage her time and energy, and create a more fulfilling career.

  • Provided career-path coaching to a woman person of color with a Ph.D. resulting in her securing a full-time research position that aligned with her values and enabling her to create the impact that she wanted to make with her Ph.D.

  • Doctor of Science, Ocean Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, University of Cincinnati
  • ICF Associate Certified Coach (100+ Hours of Coaching)
  • Sally Helgesen’s Methods for Women’s Leadership and Empowerment Certification
  • Six Domains of Leadership Certification
Computer Hardware
Computer Software
Higher Education
Mechanical Or Industrial Engineering
Professional Services
Renewables Environment
+ more
Business Development
Project Management
Science Research
New Grad
Early Career
Mid Career
New People Manager
Experienced People Manager
Discover Skills And Strengths
Goal Clarification
Career Transition
Performance Productivity
Relationship Building
Emotional Intelligence
Personal Transformation
Emotional Wellbeing
Work Life Balance
Career Direction


Describe your coaching style.

My coaching style is grounding, thoughtful, and will challenge you when you need it.

Who is your ideal client and why?

High-performing women with advanced degrees because I understand their lived experiences, the challenges they face, and the expectations they set for themselves.

How do you measure success with a client?

I measure my clients’ success by their own measures of success. I will only feel we have had a successful coaching outcome if they feel they have created the change they desire.

What is your coaching superpower?

I have a pretty good bs detector and will help you challenge your assumptions about your own capabilities and limitations.

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