Kelly Watson, Managing Partner
Kelly Watson is a Managing Partner of Orange Grove Consulting and a Professor 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, an MBA from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. from 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.
- Co-founder and Managing Partner, Orange Grove Consulting, a DEIB Consultancy
- Specializes in helping women overcome their self-limiting assumptions to embrace their full potential as leaders
- Co-author of two books
- Former tech executive
Kelly Watson’s Books
The Next Smart Step (2020)
Co-Authors, Jodi Ecker Detjen and Kelly Watson
Self-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
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
Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG
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Kelly Watson Speaking
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