About Kevin


Purpose and Passion

While attending a high school business club weekend workshop, I was introduced to leadership development training and team facilitation. It was all fascinating. I recall watching the workshop facilitator in action and deciding what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I’ve had the great fortune to pursue my passion for leadership and talent development throughout my professional career with General Electric and General Mills. The experience of working side-by-side with some of the best leaders in the world while serving in roles in executive development and worldwide talent management has been priceless.

Lately, I’ve been sharing what I’ve learned.  Keynote presentations at conferences and teaching in Executive MBA programs are very energizing.  While a bit quieter, writing in professional magazines, books and this website are equally rewarding.  I find that every day is a chance to help others make the most of their potential as I continue to  learn more about this amazing field of leadership and talent development.


The Executive Guide to Integrated Talent Management, Pat Galagan and Kevin Oakes, June 2011

The Talent Management Handbook, Lance Berger, Dorothy Berger, November 2010

The 2010 Pfeiffer Annual: Leadership Development,  David L. Dotlich, January 2010

Executive Coaching for Results, Brian O. Underhill, November, 2007

Coaching for Leadership, Marshall Goldsmith, May 2000

The 2008 Pfeiffer Annual:  Leadership Development, James Noel and David Dotlich, December 2007


Chief Learning Officer of the Year, CLO Magazine 2007

Regular Column Editorial Excellence, American Society of Business Publication Editors 2011

Training Magazine Organization Hall of Fame 2010

Leadership Excellence Magazine #1 Organization for Leadership Development 2012, 2013

Learning Elite #1 Organization for Learning and Development, CLO Magazine 2012; Winner’s Circle 2014

Best Organization for Leaders, Fortune Magazine 2011

Best Organization for Leaders, Chief Executive Magazine 2014

Best Companies for Leadership Development, Conference Board DNA of Leaders, 2013