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Kurt has been training leaders, facilitating team effectiveness sessions and providing executive coaching for companies of various sizes in a wide range of industries nationwide:

  • Health Care & Pharmaceutical (Bayer, Cardinal Health, Atlantic Health, Buckeye Health, Ohio Health)
  • Financial Services/Technology (Nationwide Insurance, Fiserv)
  • Manufacturing (General Electric, Owens-Illinois, Daimler, Covestro)
  • Non-Profit (American Heart Association, Upper Arlington Leadership Academy)
  • Education/Association (The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, AmericanHort)
  • Automotive (Honda, Toyota)
  • Retail/Hospitality (Luxottica, Lowe’s, Scotts Miracle-Gro)
  • Energy (NiSource)

quote marksIf you haven't hired Kurt, you should. He adapts in the moment to meet participants' needs. Our sessions include leaders new to their position, but not necessarily new to leadership. Kurt delivers leadership skills content in a way that resonates with everyone and challenges them to think about how they will apply each concept when they're back on the job."

Merideth Seymour, Head of Leadership Matters, Nationwide Insurance

quote marksKurt is a master facilitator that has long history of success through his extensive and diverse set of experiences. He always exhibits a deep and broad understanding of his content, bringing a true professionalism to his work. His desire to provide the most relevant information, balanced with an engaging style, ensures he always exceeds the expectations of his audience."

Matt Walter, VP HR, Medtronic

quote marksKurt is an amazing facilitator who engages participants by creating insightful experiences that promote learning. His interactive style coupled with use of personal anecdotes makes complex concepts simple. I strongly would/and have recommended him to others."

Faranak Raissi, Head of Integrated Talent Management, The Gap

quote marksKurt Yerak is an expert training facilitator. As a trusted business partner, he has a unique ability to connect with audiences at all levels of the organization, inspiring them to change behavior and achieve their goals."

Jeff Darner, Senior Director Talent Management, Moen Inc.

quote marksKurt has been delivering learning solutions to our organization for many years. I’ve personally had the opportunity to work with him closely the past 12 months and I’m pleased to share a strong recommendation for his services. Not only is Kurt a master facilitator but he also thinks holistically about the learning experience and brings thoughtful recommendations that make the best impact on the learner. His strong customer focus coupled with his work ethic make him an excellent partner."

Karen Bicking, former Head of U.S. Learning and Talent Development, Bayer Corporation

quote marksKurt has been facilitating leadership classes for Bayer U.S. since 2013. His facilitation style is genuine, engaging and inspiring. He is also very knowledgeable and has relevant, real-life leadership experience. It has been a pleasure to partner with Kurt to deliver stellar learning and development opportunities for our leaders."

Janeese Berry, U.S. Talent Management, Learning and Development Consultant, Bayer Corporation

quote marksKurt wins a room with the right blend of skilled facilitation and authentic story telling. He engages participants in the session goals and they walk away with the training outcomes desired. Participants choose Kurt's training sessions because they know the payoff will be higher levels of performance due to exceptional skill building and personal learning."

Debra Kaput, Director Human Resources, First Federal Lakewood

quote marksKurt provided outstanding facilitation & training for our management teams focused primarily on Situational Leadership. Kurt is an extremely skilled facilitator who successfully kept energy and engagement up while ensuring the learning objectives were met and exceeded. He has been a great resource in talking through various leadership challenges. Highly recommend!"

Cindy Smith, SVP Human Resources & Talent Development, American Heart Association

quote marksKurt is a dynamic leader and change agent. He has an outstanding ability to connect across all levels of an organization during times of change. He is able to help leaders reflect on current performance and behaviors, identify performance gaps and create a plan to address and improve performance. Kurt's combination of organizational development skills and Lean Six Sigma create a powerful set of organizational change leadership capabilities."

William Owad, former SVP Operational Excellence, Cardinal Health

quote marksI have had the pleasure of working with Kurt for the past five plus years and it has been an excellent experience. His is an amazing facilitator who can skillfully adjust his style to connect with varied level of audiences. We often have folks who have attended one of his sessions ask to work with him on future projects. I consider him a partner and always know I can trust him to do the right thing for our learners."

Hilary Johnston, former head of HR Development, Covestro (a Bayer Corporation spinoff)

quote marksI worked with Kurt at Cardinal Health where he provided corporate consulting services to support a rapid cultural change for our leadership team after acquisition. Kurt developed a change playbook that helped us to develop a successful and cohesive leadership team from a silo’d structure with members that lacked trust of the organization and each other. I found Kurt to be collaborative and insightful and he became both an ally and a mentor to me on facilitating change in a resistant environment. Kurt helped our leadership team to understand how to make and be transparent about tough decisions that are necessary but unpopular. The organizational development framework that Kurt facilitated with our leadership team is the foundation we look back to when faced with the need for change. Kurt developed custom team building exercises that engaged the group and crumbled walls."

Mark Grabhorn, SVP Operations, Orthotic Holdings Inc.

quote marksKurt is an exceptional facilitator who ensures the needs of all participants are addressed. I always leave Kurt's sessions with a specific plan of action so I can have a positive impact on the business."

Doug Keller, Manager, Knowledge Management, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

quote marksKurt is a creative and highly effective organizational and leadership development professional. Kurt recommended and led the development of an innovative financial simulation used to educate our senior leadership on aspects of our business and finances. The simulation was very well received and lived on for several years after being built. Kurt also led a team of culture trainers who used creative/interactive means to educate employees all over the world on aspects of our company culture. Kurt's approach built enthusiasm for our culture change and was inspirational for the members of his team. I highly recommend Kurt as an OD and leadership development leader."

Darryl Albertson, former Vice President Chief HR & Diversity Officer, Cubic Corporation

quote marksFacilitation in my opinion is both an art and an acquired skill. Kurt Yerak has demonstrated the competency of facilitation whether it is working with front line employees or the "C" suite. His upfront preparation and in the moment instinct help him to consistently obtain the objectives that he is required to meet. Kurt's personal presence and self-confidence coupled with a genuine interest in meeting people "where they are” make him an outstanding facilitator under any circumstance."

Michelle Rochon, Director, Talent Management, WESCO International

quote marksKurt has amazing facilitation and coaching skills. He also has serious depth and breadth of knowledge in talent management. I recommend him highly."

Lisa George, Chief Human Resources Officer, Shearer’s Snacks

quote marksIn the time I worked with Kurt, I had the opportunity to see him in action in a variety of activities and projects. He possesses strong knowledge and passion about change management, organizational development, and organizational design and leveraged that knowledge to drive excellent results in his work at Cardinal Health. He is a skilled and engaging facilitator who brings fun and creativity to the sessions he leads. In addition to these skills, he is well organized, articulate, and very effective at developing strategic plans, then developing and implementing the appropriate actions to implement the strategy. In the time I worked with Kurt, he always delivered on whatever projects he was assigned and I am confident he will do so for his current and future clients."

Whitney Mantonya, Owner/Master Black Belt, Collaborative Lean Solutions

quote marksI have had the good fortune to work for Kurt at both KeyBank and CareFusion. In both organizations, Kurt’s leadership provided the support and guidance I needed to develop as a facilitator and a manager. In my role at CareFusion, Kurt’s ability to provide strategic direction enabled our team to successfully accomplish our goals. Kurt’s capacity to establish global partnerships was invaluable as we successfully launched and executed on our global culture initiative. Kurt has exceptional team and leadership development facilitation skills, and as a manager I credit Kurt with providing the coaching that has enabled me to develop my professional skills. I highly recommend Kurt for his leadership skills, his talent for building highly successful teams, and his ability to drive to achieve business results."

Christine Terry, Learning and Development Program Manager, Hanger Inc.

quote marksKurt is an incredible professional and a leader I regularly challenge myself to emulate. He has a naturally calming presence that makes him very approachable and easy to work with. Combine this with his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt experience, and you get a dynamic leader who is remarkably effective at facilitating and leading change and calling out dysfunctional processes, systems, and behaviors without making his audience defensive. It's been my honor to work with him and I hope we get an opportunity to work together in the future."

Jamillah Green-Davis, Senior HR Business Partner, CSX Transportation

quote marksKurt is a talented and results oriented leader. During his tenure at KeyCorp, Kurt was instrumental in leading a global team of talent development professionals to engineer and deliver on world-class management and leadership development programs. His professional background, collaborative style, and strong work ethic put him in a position to continually make a positive impact as a talent management professional. I hope to have the opportunity of working with Kurt in the near future."

Ben Soares, Senior Business Development Executive, Harvard Business Publishing

quote marksProviding trusted counsel and expertise to the senior leadership of what would become CareFusion, a spin-off of Fortune 19 company, Cardinal Health, in 2009, Kurt hired our company to design, develop, and deliver a highly customized business simulation to the top 200 executives. Kurt facilitated multiple interviews with top executives that enabled us to craft a solution that fully represented the key challenges and opportunities facing this new company. Kurt's ability to both manage the myriad of tactical details as well as contribute to the strategic discussions around the company's business issues allowed our team to provide a highly effective program that received rave reviews from the CEO on down, leading to the subsequent delivery of a director-level version for the next 150 leaders in the organization."

Irv Stern, Owner, Advantage Performance Group

quote marksIt is a privilege to give Kurt my highest recommendation, for three reasons. First, he has passion and talent for what he does. Kurt's ability to influence the growth and transformation of corporate cultures through effective strategic partnership and coaching with leaders at the executive level is second-to-none. His talent is to keep strategic goals at the forefront while simultaneously anticipating the level of action and employee engagement necessary to hit the target. His recommendations are well thought and reflect a balance of business and emotional intelligence. Second, Kurt is a keen observer. He picks up on cues through listening, networking, and observing actions- and doesn't hesitate to address, follow up, or give targeted and helpful feedback. He has an uncanny ability to ask the right question at the right time- which often lead to new discoveries, changes in behavior or action, and better results. Third, he is an inspirational leader. Kurt takes time to get to know each person who reports to him on an individual level. He instinctively leverages their strengths, often recognizing strengths they didn't know they had- and provides opportunities to grow. My own skills, talents and experience grew exponentially under Kurt- and he continues to serve as a mentor for me. Kurt's humility, knowledge, sense of humor and presence make him an ideal partner, manager and coach."

Deborah Cleary, Sr. Consultant, Senn Delaney (a Heidrick & Struggles Company)

quote marksI am glad to recommend Kurt Yerak. I know Kurt from our KeyBank days and had the opportunity to work with him again later in my career after we both left Key. He is an outstanding facilitator in the way that he leads a discussion and encourages the participants to engage, think, and question. He makes the group feel at-ease with his calm presence and he supports the learning with great real-life examples. Kurt is also a value-added partner, we have had experience collaborating and he is always interested in hearing other's ideas and sharing his own. All around, Kurt is someone that would be a fantastic addition to any talent development effort."

Kara Stafford, Instructional Designer, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

quote marksKurt is a gifted and versatile facilitator, who has a real talent for connecting with his audience. Whether he's presenting to first-level supervisors or the C-suite, Kurt is able to relate. And while he's humble about his achievements, Kurt's academic, athletic and professional successes are evidence that he's the real deal."

Stacy Silverstein, former Director of Client Solutions, The Ken Blanchard Companies

quote marksWe hired Kurt to facilitate an employee meeting we were having. We met Kurt in advance to discuss what the management team wanted to accomplish in the meeting. He created an atmosphere that was open, creative and goal oriented. He also took what we said in our planning meeting and presented it in a way that worked best for our employees. Thanks to him we all came away from the meeting with a drive to make our workplace better for our customers and us!"

Jenny Swigart, General Manager, Coldwater Café & Catering, Inc.


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