Kristi Hedges is a serial entrepreneur, communications expert, author, and leadership coach. In her 20-year career working with leaders to help them communicate more effectively she’s encountered every personality type imaginable, yet remains more than a little passionate that anyone can learn presence. Her workshops and leadership coaching programs have been utilized globally by CEOs and teams of all sizes in companies spanning the Fortune 500, government, non-profit and privately held businesses. She runs her own coaching practice, The Hedges Company, and is a founding partner in the leadership development firm, Element North.
Kristi blogs on leadership for Forbes.com and is regularly featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, BBC, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Chief Learning Officer, Dallas Morning News and CNBC. She’s been honored as one of the “50 Women Who Mean Business in Washington, D.C.” and as an owner of a top 25 Largest Women-Owned Businesses by the Washington Business Journal. She speaks widely on leadership topics for corporate groups and at industry conferences.
Prior to her current business, Kristi co-founded and ran one of the top technology communications firms in the Washington, D.C. area for a decade before successfully selling her interest. Her career highlights also include working for a national news outlet, and as a political consultant developing messages for dozens of electoral campaigns from U.S. President to statewide offices.
Kristi holds a B.A. from Virginia Tech and an M.S. from Purdue University in communications. She is a PCC-level ICF-certified leadership coach and is credentialed through Georgetown University.She’s a teaching faculty member of the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership, and with Duke Continuing Education, the leading provider of custom leadership programs in the world.