“Leadership is successfully taking people where they never thought they could go, for the greater good of all. People follow, not because of fear of punishment or need for reward, but because their leader has earned their trust and proven to them impeccability of character. An authentic leader is fearless, has clarity, understands power, and has the tenacity and commitment to remain strong regardless of outside circumstances.”
Katia is a trusted leadership coach working with C-level executives, senior executives and high performers of companies such as Facebook, Genentech, Orange, Twitter, as well as Venture Capital firms and “rocket ship” startups. Her passion for outstanding leadership extends to coaching at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business with Jeff Pfeiffer for his infamous “Path to Power” class.
Katia founded KVA Leadership over ten years ago. Her management consulting firm specializes in leadership development and executive coaching. She consults on issues of organizational structure and dynamics, key talent strategies, VC fundraising strategies, and getting to the next level of individual and organizational success. Her clients are diverse, and Katia’s culturally diverse background includes Chinese, Scottish, Italian and Dutch. Born and raised in France, she learned early on the importance of effective communication and the power of leveraging networks to get things done.
As Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, Katia put her expertise into action to help launch Guy Kawasaki’s venture firm across six European countries. Her success was profiled in Europe’s A-List: The Movers and Shakers of the European Cyber-Scene (Liza Roberts. Random House). Katia brings a breadth of experience to bear in her consultation. Experience that spans law (at the firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in Silicon Valley), literature, psychology, business, and coaching. She holds a BA in Literature from University of California at San Diego, a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University. She has a master’s degree in Neuro-Linguistic Programming from NLPMarin, trained in Family and Organizational Constellations (Bert Hellinger) and is a certified Myers Briggs Practitioner. Katia is a member of the California Bar and the International Coach Federation. She continues to develop and share leading edge strategies to help executives and teams thrive and grow.