Client Feedback

  • One-to-One Testimonials

    “Kathy is an exemplary coach. She exhibits care and thoughtfulness as she challenges and encourages you. Her leading edge knowledge and skillful listening allows her to quickly customize sessions to target your specific needs (even if you don’t know what they are!). I often think back to the sessions we had together and all I learned in such a short time. The tools and techniques she taught me continue to form the foundation of all my professional and personal development.”

    Rebecca StagerEnvironmental Health and Safety LeaderNovartis

    “Kathy introduced me to books and management styles ranging from Squirrel, Inc., to storyboarding and collaborative group thinking. It is an honor to recommend and endorse Kathy Hart, Ed.D.”

    Amy StewartProject DirectorSafe Schools/Healthy Students

    “When I stepped into the Executive Director role, Kathy provided me the tools to help me define my leadership style, chart my organization’s path, and successfully engage my employees.”

    Jill De MersFormer Executive DirectorSan Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO)

    “Kathy, I would like to personally thank you for your constant, diligent, and extremely hard work, under adverse circumstances, which you have afforded the department. Your work [1:1 Coaching and Team Facilitation] has helped our development of structure and planning, and is most appreciated.”

    Roland BroachDirector of Custodial ServicesOakland Unified School District

    “Kathy provided hours of preparation and coaching for me as the meeting leader. [S]he did a couple of post-mortem discussions with me, providing much thoughtful feedback and some good suggestions. All of this was done in a delightfully supportive and encouraging tone. I felt that I was able to establish a genuine connection with Kathy, of mutual respect and support.”

    Jennifer KrauelPast President, Board of DirectorsSan Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO)

    “She’s very much a “people person” and has a unique ability to communicate with many different kinds of people, to walk in another’s shoes and understand their motivations, needs, desires and instincts. This allows her to have a unique capacity to coach managers, teams and individuals to achieve excellence beyond which they’ve ever dreamed possible. I experienced this first hand when she supported me to up my game as a leader. Whether you want a valued partner, coach, mentor or just a sounding board, working with her will accelerate your ability to achieve goals you never thought possible.”

    Jim Gilson, P.E.Senior Safety Engineer for UC SystemUC Berkeley

    “Her coaching work with me and the other Board Members helped to clarify our vision and the work before us. As a result, our Board is more cohesive, compatible and much clearer on our respective roles and responsibilities.”

    Faye WilsonBoard President and Executive DirectorFrank Bette Center for the Art

    “She is an amazing lady to work with, and I would heartily recommend her services to any executive, business owner, or leader. When you bring Kathy in, you not only discover a trusted confidante and partner, but someone who will challenge and push you to be your best as a leader. She has very high standards of excellence for the work she does, which just exudes in all her interactions. Her ability to listen, distill the swirl of ideas, engage and involve others, and maintain a results-oriented focus are just a few of her exceptional qualities.”

    Michael McDonoughPresidentAlameda Chamber of Commerce

    “This whole process [strategy facilitation] also elicited conversations with Kathy around some difficult staff issues I had been facing as a new leader for this organization. Her perspective and guidance showed me the level of her experience and expertise in this area — an outcome I wasn’t anticipating but was very grateful to receive!”

    Steven PayneExecutive DirectorOakland East Bay Symphony

    “I was down to the wire on preparing for my opening keynote at a statewide conference and Kathy did an amazing job of helping me create a GREAT intro, edit my existing material so it would be impactful and effective, and coaching me on delivery (change voice here…). My speech was a success and I am forever indebted! Kathy is a great coach, she asks the right questions and knows when to push or not. I’m one of the leading content experts in my field and Kathy’s input will help others better understand the concepts I am putting forward. I had such a great experience working with Kathy as my coach, I plan to bring her in to improve our already highly rated training and follow up support. With Kathy’s help I’m confident we can go from “very good and excellent” to “Fantastic.””

    Donna MilgramExecutive DirectorInstitute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science

  • Group Work Testimonials

    “We have been working with ClearVision as part of our “Great Manager’s Initiative” over the past couple of year. ClearVision has played a key role in helping us collect and provide meaningful feedback to our managers. Their partnership in administering the “Management Effectiveness Index (MEI)” has been a powerful and effective vehicle in doing this. The survey allowed us to measure the capabilities of our managers based on clear, concise criteria, and included valuable, individualized insights for all manager to aid in their development as people managers. The result has been greater self-reflection, engagement and candid dialogue between our managers and their employees.

    Marc WatrousVice President of Access Solutions and Managed Care MarketingGenentech

    “Kathy Hart is very generous and capable. She is very patient and persistent. She was key to the retreat’s success by providing experiential games and team building exercises that address personal bickering and helped to resolve conflict and reduce tensions. Kathy offered guidance to everyone to help us become a professional organization. She is professional, friendly and helpful. Sometimes you may find a friendly but not a competent consultant. Kathy is a dynamite lady who made a significant contribution to our organization.”

    Nuri RonaghyFormer Executive DirectorEducation Not Incarceration

    “Working with Kathy Hart to coordinate focus groups for our membership at the 2012 SOT annual conference was a joy and delight. She is the consummate professional, handling all the details and so very reliable. I cannot express the ease I experienced working with Kathy. From interviewing the Endowment Fund Board members, designing and facilitating the membership focus groups during the conference and her amazing ability to turnaround copious amounts of data into a cogent presentation that was presented by the Endowment Board Chair was breathtaking. I would heartily endorse Kathy’s company ClearVision for other such engagements. She brings a clarity of vision, focus and energy that ensures the work flows seamlessly and achieves the needed results.”

    Clarissa WilsonProgram DirectorSociety of Toxicology

    “I am glad that you were the one facilitating our meeting. It was eye-opening for me and I truly, truly appreciate your ability to handle the group, to respond appropriately, to remain professional and above all, be supportive of everyone.”

    Dara TomCommunications & Public AffairsAlameda Co. Office of Education

    “Kathy Hart’s company designed and administered a leadership effectiveness survey, delivered results and provided coaching for my organization. Kathy ensured all aspects of the work met the needs of a global workforce. Because of her efforts we achieved an unheard of 91% response rate. Her coaching style was direct, to the point and challenged some long held patterns of behavior. The results helped us to accelerate our leaders ability to grow and develop, and significantly increased the two-way dialogue and feedback between leaders and their direct reports. I highly commend Kathy’s customer service and willingness to support our leadership needs.”

    Horst HohlerHead of Global EngineeringRoche

    “Our team was tasked with defining what collective and individual actions should be targeted to raise the effectiveness of talent development within our franchise. We knew there were many avenues to the goal, but wanted to be as deliberate, efficient and effective as possible. For this reason we brought in Kathy Hart to guide our efforts. She partnered with us to define common language and developed a visual so everyone was clear about the message. She then held 1:1 conversations with managers to identify what behaviors were working well and where there were improvement opportunities.

    The results of her work pinpointed what was needed to effectively improve our talent development efforts. Kathy took the guesswork out of the equation, and propelled us significantly forward to achieve our mission. Besides bringing her amazingly clear and focused insights on how to tackle the problem, Kathy is such a delight to work with. She challenged our thinking, celebrated our successes, and deeply cared about how to inspire and engage our managers. I would strongly recommend her services to support your organizational effectiveness efforts.”

    Jennifer Foley ClackDirectorGenentech

    “I engaged Kathy and her ClearVision team to help me evaluate the effectiveness of my people managers in our organization. Together we constructed a series of surveys and coaching sessions between employees and their respective managers to provide the management staff with direct feedback on their leadership skills and areas of development that ultimately would lead to a more engaged workforce. Kathy was instrumental in providing a safe environment for our employees to be as candid as possible to make this initiative most productive and useful. I am very grateful to Kathy and all of her staff for their professionalism, mentorship and coaching. Our organization has benefited greatly by this experience and I highly recommend ClearVision”

    Jon ReedVice PresidentGlobal Engineering, Genentech

    “Kathy worked with the staff of the Oakland East Bay Symphony for a full day retreat in July 2014, and held a follow up full day retreat with the senior staff a month later. She was extremely effective at putting the group at ease, engaging the staff, and making the whole process fun and entertaining. Kathy took the time to meet with me ahead of time to ensure we had clearly defined mutual goals and built an agenda based on these conversations. We achieved a lot during those two days. We came out of the process with some clear documents outlining key achievements and our major challenges moving forward. We also started work on developing strategies to address the challenges and developed working templates that we could pick up later and continue.”

    Steven PayneExecutive DirectorOakland East Bay Symphony

    “I initially contacted Kathy to facilitate a brainstorming and alignment session for one of our key teams. However, after just one conversation it became apparent that she could do much more for our team, and the results have been impressive. In a single session, Kathy helped our Safety Steering Committee develop a robust charter and mission statement, reach consensus on key objectives, and work more cohesively as a group. The improvement in our group dynamic after working with Kathy has been so significant that we have subsequently asked Kathy to do a follow up training on group facilitation skills for a larger audience within the company.

    Kathy is incredibly thorough in her preparation. The amount of work she did up front to listen and understand the team’s mission, makeup, and dynamic allowed her to facilitate an extremely effective session that exceeded expectations. I highly recommend Kathy Hart and ClearVision Consulting to any organization or team looking to improve group facilitation and collaboration skills.

    I initially contacted Kathy to facilitate a brainstorming and alignment session for one of our key teams. However, after just one conversation it became apparent that she could do much more for our team, and the results have been impressive. In a single session, Kathy helped our Safety Steering Committee develop a robust charter and mission statement, reach consensus on key objectives, and work more cohesively as a group. The improvement in our group dynamic after working with Kathy has been so significant that we have subsequently asked Kathy to do a follow up training on group facilitation skills for a larger audience within the company.

    Kathy is incredibly thorough in her preparation. The amount of work she did up front to listen and understand the team’s mission, makeup, and dynamic allowed her to facilitate an extremely effective session that exceeded expectations. I highly recommend Kathy Hart and ClearVision Consulting to any organization or team looking to improve group facilitation and collaboration skills.”

    Matt K. McCaulley, DBIA, LEED AP, STSCDirector of OperationsHENSEL PHELPS

    “Bike Walk Alameda has had the pleasure of the working with Kathy Hart, Clear Vision Consulting, and we have benefited from her organizational guidance during a complex transition. She is insightful, asks the hard questions, provides clear options and encouraged us to think outside the box. Thanks to her expertise, we feel confident as we embark on building Bike Walk Alameda into a stronger, well organized and managed, and respected advocate for building a safe and well-designed community for walking and biking.”

    Bike Walk AlamedaBoard of Directors, 2015

  • Speaking

    “Dr. Kathy Hart facilitated a seminar on Public Speaking for our Oakland Rotary Emerging Leader group. Her seminar on “Speaking Dynamics: How to Engage and Energize your Audience” was informative and relevant to our audience. Kathy was a sincere pleasure to work with and a professional throughout the planning process. She worked closely with me to develop the right content for our audience of young professionals and entrepreneurs. We plan on working with her again on other topics surrounding leadership and organizational change.”

    Henning J. MathewVP, East Bay Commercial Banking Relationship ManagerBank of America Merrill Lynch

    “I wanted to add personal thanks for your presentation to our AGCR Boot Camp last week in Las Vegas. The effort you made in preparation, along with your willingness to spend the day with us in advance of your talk, was noticed. You demonstrated an interest that no other outsider has shown in the years we have been engaged in this program. I greatly appreciate it. It was also gratifying to have you incorporate things I had said the day before. An unexpected reinforcement of the message I was attempting to deliver.”

    Ron “Doc” PrichardRisk Control ManagerInnovative Risk Management

    “Kathy Hart provided some very good tips on how to capture and engage with your audience. The skills I will implement right away from her talk are how to outline and prepare for presenting my next speech.”

    Rod GaerlanPremium Sales Executive, Cal AthleticsUC Berkeley

    “Kathy Hart was energetic, relevant, and engaging in her presentation on Speaking Dynamics. Following her talk I realized the importance of preparing ahead of time to know who my audience is and be able to connect with them. I also learned the importance of practicing to ensure my message is succinct.”

    Debo Sarkar, Ph.D.Financial AnalystSchwab

    “Kathy Hart’s presentation on Speech Dynamics was excellent. I was able to apply the information I learned from the talk directly to my business. Entertaining and succinct, I definitely recommend Kathy Hart to be your next keynote speaker.”

    Chase Jackson, M.EdM.I.M, Peak Performance Architect

    “Dr. Kathy Hart’s recent presentation to the Executive Advisory Forum, “EAF” was spot on.  She identified for this group of CEO’s and business owners the pending challenge of recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce for their companies.  The workshop format she utilized helped every one of them recognize the need for a descriptive vision for their company, who should deliver the message and how it should be delivered to ensure buy in from their employees. Key point recognized is that the reason employees may join a firm may not be the same reason they stay.”

    Ann Blackburn, Ed.D.Founder and CEOExecutive Advisory Forum

    “Kathy, I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful presentation yesterday. Everyone enjoyed your great enthusiasm and knowledge of change. Boy, it was so appropriate for our gathering. It was a real pleasure talking with you and I also want you to know how much we appreciated your flexibility in working with us. You’re a gem!”

    Elizabeth Villafuerte-Jones, LMFTSenior Peer Counseling, Team Lead

    “Kathy, I can’t thank you enough for being our speaker this week! I loved your presentation; you looked great, the history of “gap year” was so interesting, your presentation was flawless (NSA member, of course} and your resource list was amazing! I will check out some of the resources and I’m not even thinking of a gap year!”

    Trudy TrinerWalnut Creek Rotary President and Co-Founder of Paleoventures

    “Kathy is both entertaining and informative. She is fun to listen to and gives great tips on public speaking, which she demonstrates as she speaks. I highly recommend Kathy for any audience looking for practical ways to improve presentation skills. “

    Serena Clayton, Ph.D.Executive DirectorCalifornia School-Based Health Alliance

    “You deliver with a style and from this position of objectivity that can reach executives and all others alike- a unique and important position. This objective perspective you bring also brings with it an element of inherent credibility. . . . You are successful because your delivery is effused with confidence, engagement, and connection to your audience. This is why I liked your talk so much, objectivity, knowledge, confidence, and connection. If I had the need I wouldn’t blanche at all to through you up in front of my executive leadership!”

    William VanSchalkwyk CSP, CHMMManaging Director, Environment, Health, and Safety ProgramsMassachusetts Institute of Technology