Kristi Hedges

Kristi Hedges Course: The Coach Entrepreneur: Building Your Coaching Business Kristi Hedges is a senior leadership coach with a specialty in executive communications, and the author of Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others (AMACOM).

Her workshops and leadership coaching programs have been utilized by CEOs and teams of all sizes in companies spanning the Fortune 500, government, non-profit and privately held businesses. Recent clients include Freddie Mac, Booz Allen Hamilton, Fannie Mae, Microsoft, Merrill Lynch, Deloitte, NASA, and Lockheed Martin. As a coach, Kristi is frequently engaged by clients to help with more effective and authentic communications, leadership presence, team development, influencing skills, emotional intelligence, and motivating others through growth and change. She has coached numerous new CEOs to help them step into the full capacity of the leadership role, including managing boards, investors, and key stakeholders. Kristis coaching clients praise her ability to hone in on the essence of issues, and to provide focus toward real, sustained progress. She believes that change comes to most people incrementally, and the most powerful tools we possess are our intentionality, authenticity, and self-awareness. Kristi blogs on leadership for Forbes and created and penned "The Leadership Factor" column for Entrepreneur. Shes regularly featured in publications as diverse as The Washington Post, MSNBC, Dallas Morning News, and Financial Times. Shes 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, industry conferences and with The Founder Institute. 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. Shes certified in the BarOn EQi® emotional intelligence indicator, and the Hogan assessment suite. Maria can be reached at