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Amanda is a 23-year veteran at Ketchum. In her current role as the leader of organizational effectiveness and learning and development, Amanda provides strategic direction and consultation on strategy implementation, team development and dynamics, organizational effectiveness, leadership team alignment, and personal productivity for the agency and its employees. She also serves as a certified executive coach and lead trainer for Ketchum University. Prior to her role at Ketchum, Amanda was a Director at Stromberg Consulting where she was an external management consultant for 13 years. She holds her Master’s in Organizational Psychology and Executive Coaching certification from Columbia University. Amanda received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Michigan Honors College. She lives in New York with her husband and daughter. She’s an accomplished home cook, avid reader and novice Netflix-binger.

Easing into 2021: Five Tips to Make the Best of a New Year

by Amanda Kowal Kenyon| January 6, 2021

This post has been updated since its original publication. Like many in the professional services world, I spent the first week of 2021 re-acclimating to work following an extended holiday break. Though unexpected events here in the U.S. caused many of us to hit pause on some of our plans, it’s not too late to […]

Ideas for Savoring the Late Summer Season

by Amanda Kowal Kenyon| August 28, 2020

“It will not always be summer; build barns.” — Hesiod As August winds down, it’s tempting to give up on the idea of summer entirely and race to an early fall. The season looked really different than what we may have hoped for — and what we sure felt we had earned after a most […]

To My Webcam, with Love: For the Sake of Our Relationship, Sometimes We Need to Be Apart

by Amanda Kowal Kenyon| April 3, 2020

There are few bigger webcam proponents than me. In a recent post, I discussed the importance of webcam-enabled virtual meetings and touch-bases in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, when they can be so much more engaging and do a better job replicating real-world presence than the phone. They feel more connected and human, which […]

Collaborating Virtually Due to COVID-19? Turn on Your Webcam!

by Amanda Kowal Kenyon| March 12, 2020

As COVID-19 runs its course around the world, I’m writing this post from an increasingly familiar workspace: my kitchen counter. Today alone, I’ve facilitated two meetings online, had a one-on-one with a direct report, informally checked in with a colleague and attended a town hall as a remote employee, all via my webcam. Initially, back […]

Leading Through Change

by Amanda Kowal Kenyon and Melissa Barry| July 19, 2018

Ketchum is going through one of the biggest changes in its 95-year history. We’ve shifted to a communications consultancy model, leaning into our industry expertise and operating with a no boundaries framework to best serve our clients. We are thrilled to have a new vision and new values that support our strategy of transforming us into a […]

Make Sense of Consensus

by Amanda Kowal Kenyon| September 1, 2015

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. As someone who coaches leaders and teams, I find that, for many, consensus is a misunderstood concept. Most people believe consensus is achieved when everyone on the team is satisfied with the outcome or decision. Actually, […]