This page describes the background and biographical information of Kelly Gerling.
I have over three decades of experience as a change agent in many roles, including as a life coach, mediator, workshop leader, leadership facilitator, organizational change specialist, NLP trainer, public speaker, and writer.
My mission is being a change agent for others to help them become happier, more healthy, more fully developed persons, who, as leaders, can think and act effectively in the world to make a positive difference. My work is supported by applying the ideas, insights and latest advances of cognitive science, psychology, NLP, social science, and other emerging fields.
"Kelly's mission is being a change agent for others to help them become happier, more healthy, more fully developed persons, who, as leaders, can think and act effectively in the world to make a positive difference."
Starting in 1978, I began my practice as a change agent in which I worked with individuals, couples, physicians and many types of professionals as a life-coach, mediator and workshop leader. I continue this practice today.
In 1991 I created The Leadership Project, Inc. to help organizations become healthier, more creative, and more effective.
I got my Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Resources from Arizona State University in 1976, and a Master of Arts degree in Human Relations and General Counseling from Governor's State University in 1978. In 1988 I completed a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at American Commonwealth University in San Diego. During my doctoral work I studied with family therapists Ramon Corrales and Larry Ro-Trock; NLP co-founder John Grinder; and one of the co-founders of family therapy, Virginia Satir. My doctoral dissertation is titledUniversals of Negotiation.
I'm a co-author of the top-selling tape series and book NLP: The New Technology of Achievement (Nightingale-Conant, 1991 and William Morrow, 1994). I also contributed to a book on alternative education called Creating Learning Communities. I've published many articles about personal change, organizational change, learning, communication and healthy relationships. I was certified as an Approved Mediator in Core and Domestic Mediation in the State of Kansas by the Kansas Supreme Court Office of Judicial Administration in 2006.
I'm a former president and board member of the Kansas City Chapter of the United Nations Association.
I live in the Seattle Area in Lake Forest Park, and maintain an office in the historic Ballard district in Seattle, as well as an office at home.
For particulars of my mediation services for divorcing couples, parents who want to change parenting plans, families dealing with estate issues, and others in conflict, go to:
For visionary leaders who want to go beyond individual success to pursue large scale changes, go to: