About Me

I believe in order to grow and lead professionally, we need to thrive personally, and when we thrive as individuals, we can make a lasting impact in our world. 

Hi, I'm Kris

I love humans. I love our beautiful, messy, and imperfect stories that brought us to today, and I believe in our limitless potential for tomorrow. I believe our zip codes should have no bearing on access to opportunities and I have dedicated my career to helping justice seekers and change agents - from students to executives - unearth their talents, explore growth possibilities, and live and work in a way that is aligned with their values. 

Prior to launching Kris Starr Coaching, I spent nearly two decades in a variety of culture-building, talent recruitment, development, and strategy roles at justice-driven and fast-growing nonprofit organizations. I have extensive experience with hiring and developing people and teams, building inclusive learning cultures, and launching and scaling new programs. 

A note about equity in my coaching.... I know that systemic barriers and inequitable access to resources continue to disproportionately impact people from non-dominant groups including people of color, LGBTQ+ identified, and first generation college students. For this reason, I work to ensure my coaching reaches people who may not have traditionally had access to this powerful development tool. Currently 55% of my clients (past & present) identify as people of color and over 80% identify as women. 

More about me:

  • Masters in Social Work and PPSC from UC. Berkeley, emphasis Management & Planning

  • Associate Certified Coach, International Coach Federation (July 2019); Certified Professional Coach & Energy Leadership Index, Master Practitioner, iPEC.

  • Consultant, Consulting Within Reach (Silicon Valley Next)

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant & Facilitator, Inclusion Ventures

  • Advisory Board Member, Teachers of Oakland, an organization that uses storytelling to unearth empathy and inspire people to meaningfully support teachers around them.

  • Volunteer Professional Mentor for Braven, a nonprofit focused on ensuring that underrepresented college students are able to put their education to work and land strong first jobs upon graduation.

Click here to see more details about my professional and volunteer experience on LinkedIn

My Core Values

These values guide my coaching and my life. 

CONNECTION: Listen, with empathy, understanding, and care; hold a space for others to be fully themselves without fear of judgment;  know that everyone I meet is my teacher and student.

GROWTH: Approach things with a sense of possibility and optimism; take risks when the outcome is uncertain; embody a growth mindset about myself and others; lean into things that are hard and ask for what I need. 

JUSTICE: Pursue justice, acknowledge the impact of historical and present-day inequities and use what I have to elevate the voices of, and opportunities for, historically underserved communities. 


GRATITUDE:  Act from a sense of enough and not scarcity, embrace our collective humanity and know that the root of joy is my ability to be grateful. 

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