Kari Uman, Senior Associate of Executive Coaching & Consulting Associates, has more than twenty-five years experience as a coach, consultant, and trainer. Her particular experience and interest in gender issues, and their impact on relationships and performance, enables her to help individuals change behaviors that are undermining their best efforts. As a professionally certified coach, Uman’s approach and methodology has helped executives and managers enhance leadership skills, improve relationships, develop better self-management capabilities and manage conflict more masterfully. In her work coaching women executives, she helps them become aware of self-limiting behaviors and attitudes, create a more positive self-image, explore the myths and beliefs that are undermining their effectiveness and develop both behaviors and strategies that enhance their success. Ms. Uman was recently interviewed as part of an ABC 7 News story on female workplace bullying.
Ms. Uman also works with teams: the interplay of one-on-one coaching with members of a team while simultaneously focusing on team dynamics has helped her clients develop collaborative behaviors and increase trust among team members, improve personal and team accountability, and improve productivity by individuals and the team as a whole. Ms. Uman specializes in gender dynamics within teams, woman-managed teams, and teams where women are in the majority. She helps these teams identify the behaviors that undermine others, and develop both an attitude and behaviors that help the team members and leaders become more powerful and effective.
As a consultant, Ms. Uman specializes in conducting organizational assessments and partnering with organizations to develop creative processes for moving positively and effectively into a successful future. Ms. Uman also has extensive experience in helping organizations improve their performance management systems by aligning individual performance with organizational outcomes and holding employees accountable.
As an organizational trainer, Ms. Uman designs, develops and conducts a broad array of workshops including leadership development, teambuilding, career development, customer service, running effective meetings, and managing gender differences. Since 1984 she has been certified to use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and has used this instrument extensively for accelerating communications and performance within intact work teams as well as helping employees appreciate and value differences.
Her clients include:
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP
Credit Union National Association
The Intelligence Community
National Trust for Historic Preservation
American Society for Health-System Pharmacists
Ms. Uman holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, a Masters in Education from the University of Maine, and certificates in Organization Development and Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. Her experience includes serving as an instructor at George Mason University, Georgetown University, Northern Virginia Community College and Mt. Vernon College. In addition to being certified in the MBTI, she was also certified by William Bridges and Associates to conduct workshops and provide consulting services on managing organizational transitions.