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Breakfast of Champions

If you are looking for work with meaning, new connections, some outside perspective on a challenge you or your organization is facing, or need to talk about THE FEAR.

All of this is much easier over eggs.


I am always happy to speak at events or meetings. Familiar topics are aligning profit with social impact, overcoming fear and finding happiness at work, developing effective partnerships.

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Social Impact Consulting

A full service social change agency, Ideaction Corps has expertise in corporate social impact, communications, partnership development, advocacy, program design, creative services and more.

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A Blog.

Epic Adventures for Epic Causes

Epic Adventures for Epic Causes

Posted on May 8, 2019 in Uncategorized

In less than a week, I leave for Nepal where I will trek for two weeks to base camp on Mt. Everest – and then run a marathon at 17,500 feet. In July, I will cycle 270+ miles in in Glacier National Park. Two epic adventures mean I am raising money for two epic causes […]

Winning by losing in 2019-A plan to fail. Winning by losing in 2019-A plan to fail.

Winning by losing in 2019-A plan to fail.

Posted on Jan 1, 2019 in Life

So I came up with this really ambitious plan for 2019 and already missed the mark on day one. Perfect! I did not forget, I tried, I just could not make it happen. And that is completely cool because this year I did not make any resolutions, only intentions. YAY! Off the hook! This intention […]

Why I am not rooting for midnight Why I am not rooting for midnight

Why I am not rooting for midnight

Posted on Dec 31, 2018 in Life

2018 was a challenging year for me, and I am not glad to see it go. The past 12 months have included grief, heartbreak, health challenges, ego-busting professional changes, financial fears, and failed resolutions. That 10-mile race in April I set my sights on? Didn’t happen. The partner I was sure to find? Still missing. […]


Annie Warsaw, CEO & Co-Founder, Smarty Pants Yoga

From the minute I met Kelly I felt welcomed and energized! Her passion and enthusiasm for the work she does to help cultivate community amongst entrepreneurs and the non-profit sector is inspiring. Over the course of our relationship Kelly’s insights into navigating business competition and social agencies has been detrimental to the understanding  of my relationships with partners and the business community at large. Her open heart has helped me soften my approach towards others and as a result I have built better relationships!

- Annie Warsaw, CEO & Co-Founder, Smarty Pants Yoga
Sarah Frick <span class="company">Chicago Commons</span>

After meeting with Kelly, I not only have a better sense of clarity about what I need to focus on but I leave with a list of individuals that she has offered to connect me to. She is truly the ultimate connecter! I am always so appreciative of the time Kelly takes to listen and understand what it is you want to accomplish—from professional development, strategic thinking to personal vacation planning Kelly is a wonderful resource and I feel lucky to have met her almost 10 years ago.

- Sarah Frick Chicago Commons
Kathleen Hayes <span class="company">KTHayes Consulting</span>

I met Kelly through a mutual professional friend at a time when I was really trying to decide (in my mid-40s!) what I want to be when I grow up.I remember Kelly’s advice (which was never delivered as advice but rather as a personal story) about what can happen when you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom, career-wise: That times like that are when things are about to turn around. And if you listen carefully to the subtle messages around you, you’ll find your true path. I came away feeling inspired and validated. And grateful for the connection.

- Kathleen Hayes KTHayes Consulting