Problem solver. Teacher. Cheerleader.
Former Microsoft executive and human development specialist Leigh Kole Johnson draws on a broad set of personal experiences and professional training to help clients build better lives and teams achieve higher levels of satisfaction and effectiveness.
Transformative personal experiences in her own life inspired the development of Leigh’s unique philosophy and coaching system:
1. Overcoming a near-death accident.
2. Managing the achievement of great wealth early in her career.
3. Building the marriage and family of her dreams after ending a parade of engagements and cancelled weddings.
Living through these challenges launched Leigh on her 20+ year journey exploring the science of fulfillment — and how everyone can perform at their highest level and achieve the life of their dreams.
Leigh’s work applies powerful, scientifically tested principles from the cutting edge fields of neuroscience, behavioral economics, and positive psychology. Whether working 1:1 with individuals, or with Boards, functional teams or other groups, Leigh helps clients clarify the truly desired future state, identify and overcome obstacles within the self, group, and company-wide, and move forward with motivation and enhanced skills.
Before becoming a coach, Leigh worked for over a decade as an executive for Microsoft and other technology companies, developing market and business strategies and managing multimillion dollar businesses including Excel and Flight Simulator.
She was part of Microsoft’s highly regarded Recruiting and Talent Development team, assisting Senior Management with organizational planning, recruiting, and team development. Leigh also served as the Director of Strategy for MSNBC.com.
After leaving Microsoft, Leigh spent a year traveling, consulting, and doing nonprofit work, then joined Avenue A/Razorfish as part of the management team that guided the company through a successful IPO.
Prior to entering the business world, Leigh graduated from Brown University with highest honors and dual degrees in American Culture and Organizational Behavior. In addition, Leigh has completed the full academic coursework for a PsyD in clinical psychology.
She is deeply committed to giving back to society and currently holds instrumental positions with several local and national philanthropies. She adores her husband David and daughter Mallory and spends as much time as she can enjoying life with them and their two dogs, Dulce de Leche and Snow Cone.