Kathy Gibala is a leadership coach and strategic advisor with 25 years of healthcare industry experience encompassing leadership, consultant and operations management roles with premier academic medical centers, non-profit health systems, and hospitals. As a coach for the past 15 years, Kathy is honored to serve as a trusted advisor and change catalyst to leaders seeking to raise the bar on their leadership, build high-performance teams and accelerate transformative change. She has special expertise and passion for working with physician and administrative leadership development, clinically integrated networks and ACO team development and alignment, onboarding/transition coaching, culture change, patient/brand experience, physician enterprise governance, board development, and succession planning. Kathy is passionate about helping high potentials to expand their leadership skills in a shared learning and individual coaching experience. She also enjoys mentoring and apprenticing new executive coaches.
In her roles inside healthcare organizations, Kathy designed, facilitated and oversaw a broad range of innovative strategies, programs, and services that helped develop highly capable leaders and teams, promote patient, physician and employee satisfaction, enhance quality and service and improve overall organization performance. Kathy and her team received the Barnes-Jewish Hospital President’s Award and national recognition for achievements in the area of culture change facilitation related to building a patient-focused culture. Her healthcare experience encompasses healthcare systems, academic medical centers, community hospitals, pediatric facilities, ambulatory care centers, and ACO networks.
In addition to her work in the healthcare industry, Kathy has also partnered successfully with leaders and teams in Fortune 500 companies, associations, and nonprofit organizations. She began her career as an investigator with the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board, working across multiple industries, which provided valuable insights into how leadership can make or break an organization.
Kathy led the Innovator’s Studio team, a living laboratory, hosted by Navvis Healthcare, engaging health industry leaders in leading-edge research and innovation to bring revolutionary ideas to market. She is a conference speaker on topics related to strategic leadership/team development in the new era of healthcare and has served as Adjunct business faculty member at a St. Louis area college.
Kathy is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia and holds degrees in economics, labor studies and political science as well as coaching and assessment certifications. She and her family live in the St. Louis, Missouri area.