Kristen Kolakowski is the Founder of WonderWorks. For the past 22 years, she has helped organizations and individuals make significant change as a manager, a trainer, an executive coach and a consultant. She began her career as a therapist and social worker focused on girls’ and womens’ empowerment - on issues ranging from eating disorders to domestic violence and media literacy. She then shifted to managing related non-profits, then to leadership development. For the last 14 years, she has worked globally as an executive coach, trainer and consultant, helping organizations achieve better results by transforming their thinking and working relationships.
Kristen founded WonderWorks to help leaders and teams reawaken a sense of wonder in their work, so they can get new insights on how to solve the problems that matter most to them while building trust and connection. She saw the need for an alternative to current approaches to collaborative innovation, which often rely on more formulaic, “slides and stickies” methods in traditional training settings. She knows firsthand that these can sometimes work well, but more than ever, teams are thirsty for ways to break out of their current thinking and collaborative ruts in order to get new results.
Kristen received her MSW from Boston College and is a certified coach.
Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Creative Problem Solving, Innovation, and Change
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