Expertise at work
In addition to being a change management expert and published author, Kelly specializes in uncovering hidden bias through statistically relevant findings of qualitative and quantitative data, which allows her to offer specific recommendations for clients to create relevant DEI initiatives.
A few fun facts
I grew up in a working class household and was the first to go to university.
My father was an immigrant and factory worker. I was fortunate to get involved in the Junior Achievement program where I learned about business careers and I was also fortunate to get a job in tech when I left college, despite not having grown up with a computer in my home. I immigrated to the US in the early 1990s and worked in the computer industry for a large computer distributor where I cut my teeth in sales, operations, and marketing.
Kelly Watson is Managing Partner of Orange Grove Consulting, a company dedicated to operationalizing inclusion, and Professor and Executive in Residence for the Executive MBA Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. Kelly is also co-author of two books – The Next Smart Step: How to Overcome Gender Stereotypes and Build a Stronger Organization and The Orange Line: A Woman’s Guide to Integrating Career, Family, and Life.
Kelly has spent more than 25 years as an accomplished operations and organizational development consultant. Prior to consulting, Kelly served as Vice President, Marketing for Telecom New Zealand USA and has held other senior operational roles. Kelly holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
She is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Denver. Kelly is also a Recreation & Parks Commissioner for the City of El Segundo, California. Outside of work, Kelly helps women and girls reach their full potential through coaching, refereeing, and playing soccer. She also serves on several non-profit boards.