Kay Peterson is an executive coach, organizational development consultant and co-author of How You Learn Is How You Live. She is also the founder of the Institute for Experiential Learning and Harlan Peterson Partners. Kay lives as a lifelong learner and brings an approach of curiosity, creativity and inspiration to her clients. Her previous career roles have included: clinical nurse specialist, sales manager, start-up entrepreneur, family-business owner, CEO, and president of a healthcare and library board. It was not until Kay “learned how to learn from experience” with Kolb Experiential Learning that the lights went on regarding how people change and develop. Now, Kay delivers a creative and direct approach to helping leaders and professionals reach their highest potential at any point in their careers. She applies the values and ideas of Experiential Learning with clients and in her own life.
Kay’s goal is to put Experiential Learning on the agenda of every organizational change effort and anyone looking to enact personal change. Her research on learning flexibility is contributing to the already vast body of evidence about the power of learning to transform lives. Through the Institute for Experiential Learning, Kay promotes a Community of Practice and directs and delivers certification programs in Experiential Learning as a foundation for change, learning and development with leaders and professionals from every arena. Through Harlan Peterson Partners, Kay designs and delivers leadership development and coaching programs to individuals, teams, organizations and professional service firms based on Experiential Learning. Kay also serves as a Master Coach at Case Western Reserve Weatherhead Executive Education.
Kay earned a MS-POD and MBA from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, a MN from Emory University and a BS from Vanderbilt University. She completed postgraduate training at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in coaching, training and somatic studies. She is currently studying lawyers at various points of their careers through a learning style lens.