Kristen Harcourt

For more than a decade, Kristen has helped executives and emerging leaders in hundreds of organizations worldwide achieve extraordinary and sustainable results through increased self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness. In addition to being an in-demand speaker and facilitator, she is also an accredited coach, empowering leaders to become more aware of their strengths, blind spots, values, and purpose so they can build lives and organizations of success, sustainability, and health.

A keen student of human nature, Kristen graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology at McMaster University. She also holds her CPCC & ACC designation through The International Coach Federation (ICF), considered the “gold standard” in global coaching certification.

She has worked with a diverse range of organizations including Cineplex, Ontario Power Generation, Toyota, Economical Insurance, Meridian, OLG, Canadian Tire, CAA, Metroland Media, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Spin Master, DB Schenker, and more. Kristen hosts a bi-weekly podcast called Inspirational Leadership where she interviews progressive CEO’s, strategic HR leaders, and forward-thinking experts who share her passion for leadership development and creating positive work cultures. A big believer in kindness and intentional living, Kristen’s mission is to create a more positive world by helping leaders do their best work and create a meaningful, purpose-driven life where they reach their full potential.



Signature Keynotes:

The Key to Leadership Success: Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence

Research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation, and Stanford Research Center shows that 85% of job success comes from having well-developed people skills, and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge. The best thing leaders can do to improve their effectiveness is to become more aware of what motivates them and their decision-making. This presentation will give specific strategies that leaders can implement to improve their emotional intelligence so they can develop more effective relationships, deepen their empathy, more accurately assess their strengths and weaknesses, address little c and big C crises, and cultivate an engaged and productive workforce.

By the end of this presentation, audience members will be able to:

○Build stronger relationships at work
○Listen with empathy and compassion
○Recognize their strengths, blind spots, and behavioural patterns
○Facilitate more effective coaching conversations
○Shift from reacting to effectively responding in stressful situations

Mindfulness: The Pathway to Greater Productivity, Creativity, and Wellbeing

In today’s fast-paced workplace we can become so focused on the doing that we lose track of the being, and this negatively impacts how we show up and perform at work. Numerous pro athletes, Fortune 100 CEOs, and Silicon Valley billionaires have evangelized how meditation and mindfulness are effective tools for increasing health, amplifying personal performance, and reducing stress. When we are more mindful, we not only feel better – we do better. We develop stronger relationships, unleash greater creativity, and adapt better to change. In this presentation, Kristen will discuss what mindfulness really is (despite how it’s often marketed to us). She also shares key ways individuals can build mindfulness into their personal and professional routines, cultivate resilience, and heighten their self-awareness to enjoy greater success and wellbeing in the workplace.

By the end of this presentation, audience members will be able to:

○Recognize moment-to-moment thoughts and behaviours and respond to triggers by design rather than by default
○Use new tools and practices to reduce stress and increase productivity
○Build stronger relationships through mindful interactions
○Reduce brain chatter to access greater focus and creativity
○Navigate discomfort in their bodies and see the mind-body connection

Own Your Voice and Unlock Your True Potential

While success used to be measured by achieving wealth, respect, and fame, for many business professionals and leaders, meaning, engagement, and authenticity are the new metrics for success. Irrespective of age, title, or rank, people want to feel connected to their companies, to their work, to their communities, and they want to feel safe speaking up for the ideas they are passionate about. In order to cultivate connection, confidence, and self-trust, people need to identify their vision, purpose, values, and drivers as well as their blind spots and the self-limiting beliefs that hold them back. This presentation will outline a clear pathway that employees, managers, leaders, and HR professionals can take to show up more authentically, experience greater fulfillment in their work and lives, and, as appropriate, show others how to do the same.

By the end of this presentation, audience members will be able to:

○Develop a more empowering inner narrative
○Differentiate between a fixed vs. growth mindset (and choose thoughts and behaviours that support the latter)
○Shift from being a human doing to a human being
○Create more time and space for purposeful self-reflection
○Silence their inner critic to speak with candor and conviction


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