Ann Houston Kelley is an experienced executive leadership coach, consultant. entrepreneur, and successful business owner. She enables senior executives in global and regional organizations to have crucial conversations about the things that matter to them and the business. She helps them to navigate smoothly between the 50,000 foot (strategic), 50 foot (organizational) and five foot (team/interpersonal) levels. Her clients appreciate her ability to raise topics above and below the table. She believes that executive development is about becoming a better you, not a better somebody else. She uses a combination of assessment, challenge and support to help her clients set aspirational and achievable goals for themselves, their teams and their organizations.
Kelley has been coaching individuals and teams and delivering relevant leadership content on the Oregon Executive MBA since she relocated to Oregon four years ago. Before that, she lived and coached/consulted to senior global executives, teams and organizations in Europe for more than 20 years. She still serves as an executive leadership and team coach for Insead Executive Education in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. Her organizational work experience includes management positions in IT, HR and R&D in the Portland metro area.
She earned her BA in economics and public policy studies from Duke University and has an MA from Lewis and Clark College in counseling psychology. She is a board-certified coach with executive coach training from The Center for Creative Leadership and the Insead Global Leadership Centre. She is the author of “Coaching Executives Across Cultures” in Coach and Couch, The Psychology of Making Better Leaders (Kets-deVries et al, 2016).
Comments from previous Oregon Executive MBA coaching clients:
- Ann adds a level of depth and insight to professional planning that I have been unable to find in other executive coaches or development programs. She asks key questions that force reflection critical to progress and incite well-calculated decisions. Ann Houston Kelley has moved my career forward in only a handful of sessions.
- For me, the MBA program is a great journey filled with technical learnings as well as personal growth. Along with learning about supply chain management, I am learning about how to lead teams and finding my inner voice. The executive coaching with Ann Houston Kelley has been enormously helpful in processing the learnings on leadership, teamwork, and my voice. It has guided me in the integration of our classroom learnings with my own career and life.
- Ann is extremely insightful and was a calming force in the midst of crazy team dynamics. She knows how to frame questions in order to motivate you to keep you moving towards your personal goals. There have been many “aha” moments over the year thanks to Ann. She has a wealth of knowledge and has shared many great articles and tools.