Kristin Ekkens

Kristin Ekkens

Grand Rapids, United States of America

Leadership and Transformation
Sociology and Culture

Areas of Expertise:
Adaptability and Resilience, Workforce Up-Skilling, Design Thinking, Cultural Beliefs and Identity, Communication and Language, Equity and Access

SDG Focus:
Good Health and Well-being, Reduced Inequality, Peace and Justice Strong Institution

The Expert is currently not providing consultation for:
Company must not oppose SDGs, Weapons and War Industry


Award-winning cultural strategist, solutions architect, high-performance coach, and TEDx Speaker.

Her passion and area of expertise are helping organizations drive culturally intelligent innovation. Following her passion, Kristin founded her second business, Exponential Inclusion LLC, where innovation and design 10x the power of inclusion!

Kristin partners with companies around the world to facilitate their transformational journey towards inclusion, positive culture change, and high-performing leadership. Kristin is an experienced Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) and Learning & Performance leader. As a former executive strategic advisor and Head of Customer Success at Singularity University based in Silicon Valley, Kristin designed solutions and activated positive change working with top executives in global enterprises to drive scalable learning, culture transformation, innovation, and exponential mindsets. 

Kristin has been recognized as a "cultural entrepreneur" and has won numerous awards and international recognition including a 2017 Top Women-Owned Business finalist, 2016 Building Bridges Award by the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and 2015 40 Under Forty Business Leader.

Passionate about language, culture, and human connection, Kristin earned a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Michigan State University and

bachelor's degrees in Spanish and Linguistics from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Kristin is a Certified High-Performance Coach (CHPC) through the High-Performance Institute, an Advanced Cultural Intelligence Certified Facilitator through the Cultural Intelligence Center, and a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) through the Institute for Diversity Certification.

Kristin Ekkens


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