Kathleen is the Managing Director at Woodhouse Partners. Kathleen combines her corporate leadership experience, business knowledge and organizational diagnostic skills to create lasting solutions.
With more than two decades of HR leadership roles at Dell, Inc. and Advanced Micro Devices, both high growth, high demand and bottom-line oriented companies, I understand the competing priorities for business leaders. My ability to scale from the big picture, strategic view to identify practical, tactical and very real actions to drive personal and organizational change is valuable. Woodhouse Partners allows me to diversify and work with many different clients. I have access to a team of global transformation experts, and together we’ve worked with companies as they grow, invest, expand distribution, prepare to acquire or be acquired, as well as other significant change initiatives.
I am at my best when helping clients focus on the right outcome, and my style is collaborative and direct. I find that individual agendas and politics often get in the way of getting to the right answer, and I am quite adept at helping people navigate through or around these challenges in an organization. Keeping people focused on the strategic objectives, on a shared measure of success and creating momentum towards these goals is rewarding – for my clients and for me. I love seeing the “light bulb” go on as clients unlock their potential. I am thrilled when my clients’ achievements resonate throughout the organization, and impact those with whom they interact daily. Most importantly, I love it when the business exceeds its plans because of effective people practices!
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PHILOSOPHY IN ACTION
My 11-year old son and I had the opportunity to travel to Zambia to work with orphan children in 2014. We were assigned to a group of ten boys, ranging in age from 6-10 years old. These boys represent the forgotten generation in Zambia, a country with the seventh highest HIV/AIDS infection rate, and an average life span in the country of less than 52 years. Most of them were living in conditions we in the US would consider absolutely miserable. With an estimated 1 million+ orphans, children are considered a burden in Zambia – just another mouth to feed.
We had the opportunity to see these boys every day, and to shower them with attention. Our primary role? To love them, to listen to them, to let them understand that they matter. Our goal was to let them know that someone, somewhere in the world cares for them. The transformation from the shy, somber quiet boys we met on Day One to the smiling, playful children in our care at the end of camp on Day Seven was amazing! Not surprisingly, my son and I, too, came away forever transformed.
In life as in my practice, the undeniable truth remains: the speech and actions of every single person, every single day matter.