Martin selected for leadership honor

Kathryn R. Martin

Martin selected for leadership honor

Organizational and leadership coach Kathryn R. Martin was recently selected as Top Leadership Coach of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the industry. Martin is a longtime resident of Scripps Ranch.

Only a few members of IAOTP in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.

With close to three decades of professional experience as a non-profit leader in the arts and culture industry, Martin coaches non-profit boards, founders and executives to create empowered momentum and leverage moments of change into opportunities for growth, revenue-generation, engagement and meaningful success. Martin’s hands-on and intuitive blend of consulting and coaching reveals a client’s purpose, impact and true value, which causes transformational breakthroughs and big shifts. She is known for helping clients at a crossroads quickly get unstuck and create the mindset, language and strategies to move from their “Point A” into their extraordinary “Point B.”

“Choosing Kathryn for this award was an easy decision for our panel to make. She is humble, gracious and brilliant at what she does, and we felt she would make an amazing asset to our organization,” said Stephanie Cirami, IAOTP president.

Martin has consulted with more than 150 arts and culture organizations, and has supervised, trained and coached professional interim leaders placed in organizations across the United States. Additionally, she has led nine arts and culture organizations through transition as a professional interim executive director – most recently serving as interim executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony, interim president and CEO of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Milwaukee, and executive director of the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio.

Before launching her business in 2016, Martin served as vice president at Arts Consulting Group (ACG) for 12 years, managing director and SummerFest general manager at the La Jolla Music Society from 1998 to 2003, and oversaw capital improvement projects and more than 250 events annually as the production and facilities manager at the Department of Music, University of California, San Diego.

Martin is a frequent guest speaker and works with successful leaders in 1:1 coaching, small group leadership Masterminds, and in her signature program, the “Create Your Dream Career (Life!) Impact Intensive” ™.

Martin received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Arts Management from Shenandoah University.

Throughout her career Martin has received awards, accolades and has been recognized worldwide for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. For 2019, she is being considered for a feature in TIP (Top Industry Professional ) Magazine and for the Empowered Woman of the Year Award by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). She was selected as Top Leadership Coach of the Year by IAOTP in 2018.

Looking back, Martin attributes her success to having clarity that her purpose is to help others make a difference in the world, taking a leap into the unknowns of entrepreneurship, having mentors who encouraged her to find her own voice, and letting joy be her compass and litmus test for success.

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