As CEO and Managing Director of THE HUMAN FACTOR, Inc., Holly helps business leaders and their companies achieve excellence by creating clarity on what winning looks like and determining how to get there. She will help you achieve alignment and focus your organization so everyone is in the same race. Her unique approach to strategic agility, alignment and engagement - based on the approach Pause, Think, Focus, Run - provides the tools, techniques, and skills companies need to reach their destinations and achieve their goals.
An experienced business leader and behavioral scientist, Holly has a rare combination of extensive academic training and in-the-trenches experience working in and leading organizations. As president of The Ken Blanchard Company, she led the established company in a new and more focused strategic direction. As president of LumMed, she helped launch the startup biotech firm.
As a consultant, Holly is frequently hired by companies such as Microsoft, Expedia, Edwards LifeSciences, Hilton Worldwide and Google to help them compete more effectively in today’s uncertain markets. She helps these companies get clear on what winning looks like, get obsessive about achieving it, and get aligned and engaged to get there. Market leaders of all sizes have used Holly’s proprietary process, Inform, Inspire and Engage™, to learn how to move fast with focus and flexibility.
In addition to her consulting work, Holly delivers highly acclaimed keynote presentations and workshops to tradeshow conventions, industry gatherings, and business meetings. A polished and engaging speaker, Holly has headlined hundreds of gatherings around the world. She is one of the highest rated speakers for Vistage, the world’s largest CEO membership group, and has received three Speaker-of-the-Year awards.
Featured on numerous TV and radio shows including NBC, ABC, Fox News, and NPR, Holly is a frequently quoted expert and has been in USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, The Los Angeles Times, BusinessWeek and the Wall Street Journal among others. She is a regular contributor to Forbes and a highlighted expert on numerous leadership, strategic planning, and innovation blogs.
Holly holds a Bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences and a Master of Science degree in organization development from American University in Washington, D.C. Her postgraduate studies are in neurophysiology. She is an adjunct professor at Webster University, teaching courses in the graduate program. She is the founder of the Management Development Institute offered at SD State University.
Holly’s top selling book, More Than a Minute: How to be an Effective Leader & Manager in Today’s Changing World (printed in nine languages and distributed globally) goes beyond the theory of leading and managing by providing practical, action-oriented information. Holly has contributed to several other best-selling books including Shift Happens. Her newest book, Using Your Brain to Win, has just been released and has already received international acclaim.
Holly is a board member of several companies. She also provides strategic advice and guidance to numerous 501(c)3 organizations.
- American UniversityOrganization Development, 1996 - 1998
- The Human Factor, Inc.Strategic Planning & Organization Development Consultant, Speaker & Author, present