Helena Kim (Cambridge MindWorks)
Helena Kim is one formidable, awe-inspiring woman. As an executive coach and business psychologist, she works with top-level executives at world-leading businesses, from JP Morgan and Fujitsu to The Royal Mail and US Air Force. A professor, specialising in group dynamics, she’s taught within academia, and is accustomed to addressing conferences, her verve and passion - coupled with an unconventional take on leadership skills - leaving audiences enthralled.
On paper, the Harvard-educated Californian might appear intimidating. But in person, Helena is warm and disarmingly funny; it’s easy to see how clients open up to her – and why they retain her services year-on-year, many coached via Skype.
Fascinated by how people interact and learn, Helena began her career 25 years ago, working with clients managing difficult relationships.
Moving to England with her husband in 2004, she worked as a transitional coach in Manchester, helping women on benefits build confidence to move into business. Relocating to Cambridge two years later, she set her sights on corporate coaching. Boldly approaching Swiss bank UBS, Helena offered a period of free coaching. The senior execs were so impressed, the bank promptly hired her. And she hasn’t looked back, amassing an impressive portfolio of high-fliers and CEOs, who she coaches in leadership and personal complexities.
Locally, Helena works with Cambridge indies, start-ups (many wanting to upscale), and charities. She’s passionate about MBA MindWorks, a leadership coaching programme she has developed for MBA students at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.
Helena’s recently finished her first book, ‘Soft Skills For Hard People’, (launching October 6), a new take on emotional intelligence, the culmination of 20 years research.
She remains incredibly fulfilled by her ‘privileged’ work, connecting with a diverse array of clients, from Brazil to Berlin, helping them to live their best lives, both personally and professionally.