“L@P led the TSS Graduate Program faculty through a strategic planning process that resulted in our team identifying 7 key leadership competencies that became core curriculum to develop leadership in our graduate students. This was major step in making explicit a core piece of our program that had been poorly defined and merely implicit for years. The 7 leadership competencies are still pillars of our graduate program five years later.
L@P has thoughtfully and skillfully led the TSS senior leadership team and the TSS graduate faculty to greatly improved effectiveness as leaders. Kat and Allison have achieved amazing results with us not only through providing insightful information but largely through thorough engagement and preparation with our staff. They are keenly aware of the necessity of understanding the culture and people of our organization first and foremost, before presenting solutions and models. They are very accomplished at ‘leading leaders’ toward achieving goals and objectives. Their work with TSS has stood the test of time and has made us a stronger and more effective organization.
I have worked with a large number of consultants in my career. I can say without equivocation that I have enjoyed working with Allison and Kat more than any other consultants. I find them to be personable, effective, and straight to the point. I am a much better leader due largely to their work with my teams and with me individually. Some of the most effective work my teams and I personally have accomplished is traceable directly back to their tutelage. They are systems thinkers with an extraordinary focus on people.”
Doug Wachob, Ph.D., Director of Science Research and Graduate Studies, Teton Science Schools
“In 2014 the Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) conducted its biennial staff retreat. OAI’s personnel, approximately 80 full time staff, come from diverse range of cultures, professional backgrounds and we are located globally: Dakar, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Johannesburg, New York, and Panama City.
During the retreat I wanted to develop my offices’ leadership and managerial skills to enhance our capabilities to manage our complex and global role within the United Nations Development Programme. We looked to Leadership at Play to support this need.
Leadership at Play, led by Kat and Allison, delivered a tailored programme to assist us develop as a team. Their programme enabled our office to integrate and work together in a more cohesive and collaborative manner. Working with such a large and diverse group is a difficult task, but Kat and Allison’s commitment and professionalism made the training a successful and thoroughly enjoyable experience. Our office has benefited from the training and lessons learned.”
Helge Osttveiten, Director, United Nations Development Programme
“Kat and Allison’s relaxed style and presentation is key. These guys know when and how to address serious topics without letting it go too dark –and then shed light on the intrinsic issues. The creative and sneaky ways that they get folks to mentally turn the corner and SEE the problem – they work hard to create those “a-ha” moments for people.”
Derek DiVenere, Business Development, Client Relations, Teton Heritage Builders
“Leadership at Play has been a partner with our statewide organization since 2012. Their relationship with us has gone well beyond that of providing expert consultation. Kat and Allison have invested themselves fully in the development of our team, our strategic planning and intentional culture building. The impact of their work with us is immeasurable. As one example, the Peer Mentor Program Kat and Allison created and lead for us is the most often praised and appreciated program we offer to our staff.
In addition to the skill and experience they bring, their professionalism, attention to detail, listening skills and integrity are of the highest caliber and go well beyond admirable. Finally, Allison and Kat bring all this along with an approach that makes learning and development engaging and fun. We recommend Leadership at Play with every confidence that they will offer valuable results to any organization that has the opportunity to work with them.”
Haley Drake, Director of Human Resources & Antoinette Cervenka, Chief Executive Officer, Prevention Management Organization of WY
”Working with Kat and Allison, or any of their associates in Leadership at Play has been easy and fun. They are all extremely knowledgeable in their areas of expertise and bring their passions to the classroom. As a fellow leadership development specialist, I can say with confidence that Leadership at Play is well worth the investment. Their expertise and teaching style has been quite value added within my leadership program and I would highly recommend them to anyone.”
Mike Wood, President, High Ridge Leadership
“Leadership at Play recently facilitated our staff retreat. Both the exercises for leadership and conflict styles generated so much discussion that we all decided we need another workshop soon. In the meantime, we’ve been benefitting from our “Aha” moments and using the tools to tease one another and occasionally to actually address conflict.”
Katharine Conover, President, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole
“We would highly recommend Leadership at Play for any non-profit looking for facilitators that will meet a diversity of needs. Within two days Allison and Kat took our basic framework for a strategic planning retreat and helped us produce a guiding document that is both practical and visionary. They were dynamic, energetic, thought provoking, and adapted to the diversity of our board of directors communication styles. We look forward to working with Leadership at Play in the future.”
Tim Adams, Executive Director, Teton Valley Trails and Pathways, Inc.
“Working with Leadership at Play in organizing a Leadership Academy for the Wyoming Department of Health was such a pleasure. Kat possesses a high level of professionalism, stellar organizational skills and impeccable facilitation techniques. I truly believe the part that most people will remember is how this down-to-earth, quiet spoken, yet very articulate woman mesmerized our entire group. Kat has a special way of sharing relevant messages and material in a way that is easy to comprehend and fully understand. She also has a special talent of instilling a sense of peace and acceptance of others in volatile situations. And while keeping everyone on task, she spontaneously reveals her light sense of humor—-to everyone’s surprise and delight! I hope to work with and observe Kat facilitate again in the very near future.”
Deanna Hooper, Project Services Director, Wyoming Prevention Technical Assistance Consortium
“Allison sees clarity amidst the confusion and asks pointed questions that keep conversations tight and purposeful. She kept our dialog future-focused while acknowledging the past when appropriate. There was always a sense of moving forward–priorities, interests, and practical next steps. It was important for me to engage in coaching with someone who balances conversations with equal doses of humor and empathy. Allison brought this exact approach, which made the entire process that much more positive.”
Kelly– Coaching client