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The KEY Leadership client list spans a variety of industries, sizes and global locations:

  • Health Care & Pharmaceutical (Bayer, Cardinal Health)
  • Insurance & Financial Services (Nationwide Insurance)
  • Energy (NiSource)
  • Non-Profit (American Heart Association)
  • Manufacturing (Lafarge, Knorr-Bremse/Bendix)
  • Automotive (Honda, Toyota)
  • Retail (Luxottica, The Limited Brands, American Greetings)
  • Government Contractor (Babcock and Wilcox)

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, Senior Director, Talent Management & Leadership Development,

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 Support,
Federal Reserve Bank of CLeveland

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, HR Director,

quote marksYour engaging facilitation really helped make the information tangible and applicable. It was great to see the degree to which it got the whole team interacting with the information and each other! Thanks again for such an effective session."

Warren Hastings, VP, Global Trade,
Cardinal Health

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,
Fifth Third Bank

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 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, Director of Client Solutions,
The Ken Blanchard Companies

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, Vice President, Talent Management,
Care Fusion (now with Cubic)

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, Vice President, Engineering and Technology,
Allergan Medical

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 Acquisition,
WESCO Distribution

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, Director, Global Organization & Employee Development and HR,
Moen Corporation

quote marksKurt has extensive knowledge and expertise in the areas of Organizational Development, Culture and Change Leadership. He always brings a sense of curiosity to business solutions that challenges our thinking. He is equally effective in front of a room full of hourly employees as he is with senior executives."

Lisa George, VP Talent Management,
Cardinal Health

quote marksWe hired Kurt (through a recommendation) 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 for us and our employees 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

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, Vice President, Operational Excellence,
Cardinal Health

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."

Jamillah Green-Davis, Director of Career Development,
CSX Transportation

quote marksKurt is a talented and results-oriented leader. He 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."

Ben Soares, Senior Strategic Relationship Manager,
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, 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, Managing Partner,
Advantage Performance Group


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