President; Co-FounderCompany: Career/Life Alliance Services; The SMART Workplace
Role: Session Presenter
2019 Conference Session:
Distance Bias—When out of Sight Really Means out of Mind
2020 Conference Session: Distance Bias 2.0—Assessing Your Organization’s Digital Inclusion Habits (S2-B)
President of Career/Life Alliance Services (CLAS), Kathy Kacher has more than 30 years of consulting on workforce transformation. She works with organizations to close the gap between strategy and execution, and works effectively in a matrix organization with expertise in facilitation of training, leadership and collaboration in a virtual environment.
Kathy is an organizational expert, content developer and workshop facilitator who enables organizations to successfully manage and innovate through complex structural and cultural change. Particularly skilled in conducting organizational diagnostics; leading cultural integrations, branding and change initiatives; advising and coaching leaders; employee engagement and leadership development processes; and implementing innovation and growth strategies, her successful track record focuses on partnering with senior teams and key talent to create competitive advantage through people.
CLAS is an organization dedicated to workforce transformation through the development and integration of workplace mobility, flexibility and process integrations. In 2016, Kathy co-founded The SMART Workplace and Virtual Workplace University. The SMART Workplace provides expertise and training in the development of high-functioning teams and organizations by optimizing their cultural business strategy. She has developed world-class online and in-person curriculum, tools and training workshops which have been deployed within numerous Fortune 500 companies through CLAS.
Since 2005, Kathy has been a faculty member at World at Work and participated in the creation of an interlocking suite of courses that provide a certification process for human resource professionals. She continues to deliver training on organizational culture change and workplace flexibility strategy development across the country.
Along with her work at World at Work, she also facilitates a local think tank in the Twin Cities, which includes practitioners from the corporate, academic and government sectors. The goal of the think tank is to provide an informal, open forum which creates an opportunity to do together what no one organization can do alone.
Kathy is the author of several popular workforce engagement tools, which include the nation’s first workplace flexibility guidance and tracking system, virtual employee resource fair and a variety of online training tools. She is co-author of the National Workplace Flexibility Study, author of several articles and a frequently requested keynote speaker and presenter. She has been featured at prominent industry events around the world and on local morning shows, Minnesota Public Radio, Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and Employee Benefit News.