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Meet Kathy

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Kathy Sturgis, PhD

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 a 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 and my work with nonprofits, 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.

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