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Kathy Sturgis, Ph.D.

CEO, Founder and Chief Collaborator


Kathy is a communication doctor who brings a unique brand of energy, creativity and optimism to her work. With 20+ years of experience in organizational development, she is well-respected as an industry expert and is known for her ability to enhance communication effectiveness, analyze cultures, facilitate change management, reinvigorate strategic planning processes, discern/create consensus and motivate others. Her collaborations have brought her to work with organizations from a wide range of industries including advertising and marketing, aerospace and defense, arts, church and civic, education, financial, government, healthcare, manufacturing, military, sports, telecommunications and many others. She has a unique ability to connect with individuals and groups and is regularly sought to speak at the local, national and international levels. As an sought after speaker, writer, and motivator, she brings a unique brand of optimism and perspective to the workplace. Learn more about Kathy's organizational development and/or coaching services.


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About Refreshment Zone

Refreshment, vision & hope are essential to innovation & imagination. Refreshment Zone was founded after my visit to the Mayo Clinic where I witnessed life's off-road journeys, bravery & optimism. My experience at Mayo, combined with my doctoral training in communication, fuels my hunger to make a difference in the lives of leaders - at work, at home & in our communities. Refreshment Zone was founded with that principle in mind.

More About Kathy

LinkedIn: Let's connect - for a description of consulting work and clients, please visit my Linked In profile or our Client Testimonials.

Books Influencing My Work: Process Consultation by Edgar Schein and The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Erving Goffman are two formidable teachers.

Favorite Book: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Col. Chris Hadfield (I love a good metaphor.)

Favorite Quote: “Every transition begins with an ending…we have to let go of the old before we can embrace the new.” ~William Bridges~

So Many Mottos: (1) I don’t backtrack.  (2) The numbers tell a story. (3) Get out of the way! (4) Stop moving - plan, ask, listen and then act.

Kathy's Refreshment: Digging in the dirt, playing catch with my dog, hanging with my kids, singing-harmonizing, and journaling bring me back into balance.

...creating momentum for positive change