Kanu Kogod, Ph.D.

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Dr. Kanu Kogod, Founder and President, Bridges in Organizations, Inc.

Dr. Kanu Kogod, Founder and President, Bridges in Organizations, Inc.

Kanu Kogod is the Founder and President of Bridges in Organizations, Inc. She is a trained anthropologist, master certified coach, and renowned organizational development consultant. Her business is based in the Washington, DC area. However, her work experience also led her to India, Kenya, Rwanda, and Peru. Prior to starting her own consulting firm in 1987, Kanu had a variety of early career experiences as a manager of a health care clinic, an academic program, and a retail store. She co-designed and facilitates Leadership Alchemy. This award-winning  transformational, leadership development program received great acclaim. At NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center,  Leadership Alchemy has been creating a shift in NASA’s culture and leadership practices since 2001.

Kanu Kogod has coached and developed leaders in business, health care, government, and non-profit sectors. She represented organizations such as CapitolOne, NASA, National Park Service, American Red Cross, and Lockheed Martin. Other organizational clients include Mitre Corporation, Freddie Mac, and the National Institutes of Health. Kanu has also coached and facilitated women’s leadership development programs internationally. She focused on women leaders in Rwanda and Kenya to help them get elected to political office. Kanu was also a facilitator at the Women’s Global Conference in Dublin, Ireland in 1992. Furthermore,  she acted as the founder and Board Member of Youth Leadership of Greater Washington. From 1992-2007 Kanu Kogod was a primary facilitator for young aspiring leaders.

Kanu Kogod’s Leadership Mission

Kanu Kogod’s mission is to develop important skills for leaders using a holistic approach. It focuses on language, body, and emotions. That means helping her clients design conversations, build leadership presence, and raise their emotional intelligence. By implementing these elements leaders can achieve the outcomes they desire in their organizations, communities, or in a larger political arena. Kanu Kogod helps them to build and enhance the collaborative efforts of diverse groups and communities. As a result, they can effectively grapple with the challenges of working in environments of uncertainty in a multicultural world pervaded by change. Most importantly, Kanu addresses the concerns of managers and provides them with tools to deal with everything from cultural collisions to culture change. Therefore, these tools successfully impact the performance and jobs of leaders. Furthermore, her coaching results lead to greater satisfaction for the people they lead.

Kanu Kogod at a NASA meeting with Gail Sheehy, the author of Passages and an inspiration to all women who dare!

Kanu Kogod at a NASA meeting with Gail Sheehy, author of Passages and an inspiration to all women who dare!

In 2009, Kanu Kogod established the Leadership Sanctuary. It’s a great opportunity for executive directors of non-profit agencies to come together once a month to reflect on current challenges of our time. The idea is to devote time to personal and professional enrichment in order to replenish energy and creativity.

In addition, Kanu also has extensive experience coaching international executives with the IFC-World Bank. Here, her clients gain clarity about challenging issues, people, and events. The goal is to go beyond the limits of old thinking and habits by adding new leadership moves. As a result, Kanu can mobilize the energy needed for change.