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Kelly Watson is a Managing Partner of Orange Grove Consulting: Gender Equity and Inclusion Experts and a Part-time Instructor in 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 and 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, CA. 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.

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  • Co-founder and Managing Partner, Orange Grove Consulting, a Women’s Leadership Training Consultancy
  • Specializes in helping women overcome their self-limiting assumptions to embrace their full potential as leaders
  • Co-author of The Orange Line: A Woman’s Guide to Integrating Career, Family, and Life
  • Former Telecom executive
  • Former Adjunct Professor at Loyola Marymount University
Kelly Watson’s Book

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The Next Smart Step (2020)

Co-Authors, Jodi Ecker Detjen and Kelly Watson

book-cover-outlinedSelf-awareness is a very critical component.  Women need to understand and articulate what value they bring while actively managing through what stands in their way.  Our work is about helping women uncover biases about themselves, understanding the self-limiting behaviors that result and making the necessary adjustments to change.

Kelly Watson, Co-Author, The Orange Line: A Woman’s Guide to Integrating Career, Family, and Life

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Recent Speaking Engagements
  • Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
  • Women in Technology, Hollywood
  • Women in Cleantech, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
  • Pasadena Women in Technology
  • Women About Town, Los Angeles
  • CIO Women in Leadership Conference
  • Linkage Annual Conference
Recent Press

>>Why is it so difficult to get more women in tech jobs?
San Gabriel Valley Tribune


Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG

>>This survey found the gap in pay between men and women tech workers in LA is growing
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Kelly Watson Speaking

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With the shortage of leadership talent and rising executive costs, organizations need to tap what women have to offer. Further, organizations that have managed to integrated diversity into their management teams perform better.  The real question isn’t why is including women so important as much as what will happen to your organization if you don’t…and the answer is it will be left behind.  – Kelly Watson