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I am a coach, consultant and speaker who helps individuals and teams through personal and organizational transition. I bring over twenty years in the field of change management helping organizations guide their teams through transformational change by advocating, coaching sponsors, training, and effectively communicating with stakeholders. My experience has led me to concentrate on my passion: helping individuals and teams develop personally and professionally. 


We all have many gifts to lead, serve and connect us as a human race. I want to help you discover your gifts. I have witnessed that using your inherent gifts to guide you in your personal and professional endeavors, increases your well-being on many levels. I want that for you.


As your coach, I can help provide strategic direction in your endeavors, helping you envision and plan your future, and championing the actions that bring out your authentic self. As a team leader, I have a panache for getting to the heart of the matter and bringing different tribes together to solve issues and help the team move forward.


Trust and confidence are the pillars in our working relationship. I will lead and do, as I coach and instruct. My goal is to help you reach your goal by using your innate and divinely guided talents. My services bridge the intersection of coaching, team building and consulting, all executed from a creative perspective.

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Workshops & Speaker Engagements

Workshops and Speaker Engagements are uniquely designed for you, the client. Workshops focused on team building are based on the Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment and results to build awareness and understanding of individual’s natural talents. The intent and design of each workshop is tailored to address current needs of the organization. Workshops also include building awareness, knowledge, and skills in change management.  A sample of previous engagements include:


  • Strengths Finder Workshops

  • Using your Natural Strengths to Guide your Change Practice

  • Influencing Change for Emerging Leaders

  • Navigating Change for Healthcare Practitioners

  • Change Management for HR Professionals 



Please contact me directly to set up a custom workshop or speaking engagment.

Strengths Finder Coaching

My core coaching program is a series of sessions designed over several months to help you reach a desired outcome(s) by learning to understand, appreciate and apply your natural talents in your daily life and turn them into strengths. The Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment is the tool I use to provide a common language to navigate our journey. A typical program structure includes:

  • Full 34 Gallup Strengths Finder Assessment and Report

  • (1) 90-minute Discovery Session

  • (5) 60-minute Develop Sessions

  • (2) 15-minute Progress Check-ins


Six-month coaching program $995.


Strengths Finder Discovery Session

Using the Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment, we'll work together in a ninety-minute session to uncover the mystique of your natural talents, and how to use those talents as true strengths in the world and workplace. The Discovery Session includes the cost of the full Clifton-Strengths Assessment and Report, along with tools to help guide you to create an action plan. Discovery Sessions are typically virtual and conducted via Zoom. It is required that the assessment be completed 48 hours in advance of the session to provide both parties time to review and prepare for the session. Once the session is booked, you’ll receive an assessment link with instructions, as well as guidance for next steps once the assessment is complete.  


90-minute session $199

Lights in the Dark

The Intersection

of Coaching, Creativity, and Consulting

I enable organizations to work optimally through strategy and development of their most valuable resources, their people.

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What they're saying

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I reached out to Kim for some career coaching. I was in the middle of a career change and uncertain of my path. That is when she introduced me to Gallup Strength Finders. I admit my results initially were challenging for me to accept. However, with Kim’s insights and ability to pull back my expectations & shame, she was able to empower me with knowledge about what we now call my, "Super Powers." Take my advice, if you ever have the opportunity to work with Kim, take it, and you can thank me later.

Debi Cost

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Kim Newman coached me using the Gallup Strength Finders method. While I had not been tested with Gallup before, I found Kim to be incredibly insightful, with a keen eye for helping me understand my strengths in a newfound way. Her style is very self-aware, and she put me at ease right away. I learned some things about my skills and approach to work which have helped me on my journey to be a better executive recruiter. I would highly recommend Kim.

Noelle Linzy

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I had the privilege to work alongside Kim Newman over the past three years on a series of complex and multi-faceted change management project initiatives for the Texas Department of Transportation. Kim joined the project and quickly worked with the project team and stakeholders to assess the organization’s readiness to tackle the operational and business processes being transformed with the consolidation of five campuses. Kim is down to earth, authentic, and extremely personable which enabled her to quickly build trust and confidence amongst the various teams that were at different levels in their overall commitment and acceptance of the changes being introduced. As a trusted professional advisor, Kim was often sought out for her knowledge and expert observations which helped TxDOT push through a myriad of conflicts and difficult conversations. Kim was an agent for executive coaching and sponsorship, working in lockstep with executive leaders to enable them to drive sponsorship in their respective areas of responsibility. TxDOT’s success in consolidating their Austin Metropolitan Area operations and business transformation are in large part due to Kim’s unwavering commitment towards helping the organization succeed.

Robin Cappello

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