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About Kimberly

Silicon Valley Alliances: Consultant Bio

Kimberly Wiefling, Founder, Global Leadership & Team Effectiveness


Kimberly Wiefling enables individuals, teams and organizations achieve what SEEMS impossible, but is merely difficult. How? By turning managers into leaders and groups of people into real teams through her unique “WorkShocks” – highly engaging, experiential, interactive “Learning Laboratories” where meaningful positive change happens.

DEEP EXPERIENCE with GLOBAL COMPANIES: Kimberly has worked all over the US, Europe and Asia, traveling to Japan over 100 times, to work with culturally diverse employees of globalizing Japanese companies. Her superpower is bringing people with diverse backgrounds, cultures & styles together, across borders and boundaries of every kind, to achieve what none could do alone. See details of her work at Silicon Valley Alliances.

Kimberly’s first book, Scrappy Project Management, was also published in Japanese by the #1 business publisher in Japan, Nikkei Business Press. She has edited and co-authored an additional 6 books in the “Scrappy Guides” series, and dozens of blogs. Her mentor, Dr. Edgar Schein, wrote the foreword to her new book “Inspired Organizational Cultures – Discover Your DNA, Engage Your People, and Design Your Future”, which was published in a dual English/Japanese format. And her latest book, an anthology of 16 Silicon Valley consultants, “Turning Ideas Into Impact“, hit #1 on Amazon Kindle in a couple of categories in the US, Japan and Australia.

A TECHNOLOGIST with HUMAN SKILLS: A physicist by education, Kimberly realized long ago the limits of technology devoid of human skills – the so-called “touchy feely” aspects of working in teams so vital to success, and so frequently overlooked. Kimberly’s mentor, Dr. Schein, has been a guiding influence on her work to transform business results through practical, sensible approaches. Kimberly is a co-founder of the Silicon Valley Engineering Leadership Community Meetup (SVELC, formerly SVForum EL SIG), building leadership capabilities and community among Silicon Valley technical leaders.

BUSINESS RESULTS FOCUS: Kimberly facilitates highly engaging leadership, organizational change, and team effectiveness workshops based on her “Possibilities Toolbox”, Scrappy Design Thinking, Scrappy Project Management, and Inspired Company Cultures. Her intensive behavior-changing “learning laboratories” directly translate into positive business results which are meaningful and measurable.

SPECIALIZING in CROSS-FUNCTIONAL AND CROSS-CULTURAL TEAMS: Kimberly has worked globally with people from over 50 different countries, in every corporate function, including manufacturing, finance, Information Technology, R&D, Engineering, Marketing, and executive leadership teams. Her clients include many well-known global brands in a broad range of industries including B2B products and services, pharma, 3D printing, financial services, food and beverages, online portals, and consumer products.

FROM STARTUPS to the GLOBAL 1000: In addition to her extensive experience with global companies, Kimberly is a serial entrepreneur. She has been personally involved in over a dozen Silicon Valley startups, one of which was acquired by Google, and another that she helped bootstrap to seven figure annual revenues USD.

MAKING a DIFFERENCE: Kimberly is passionate about making a meaningful difference by working with organizations, individuals and teams committed to solving the problems of Our World – profitably and thus sustainably. She is determined to transform Planet Earth one effective leader and engaged team at a time!


  • Lively Event and Workshop Facilitation Executive Coaching
  • Sensible Project Lifecycle Development
  • Business Process Excellence Consulting
  • Breakthrough Business Leadership Consulting
  • Inspiring Keynotes

Partial Past Clients

 Areas of Expertise
  • Corporate DNA/Company Culture
  • Human Skills
  • Global Business Leadership
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Program & Project Management
  • Business Process Execution with Excellence
  • Creating Work Environments that Foster Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication for Breakthrough Results
  • Global Team Effectiveness
  • Yamaha Motors
  • Furukawa Electric
  • Suntory
  • Panasonic
  • Kuraray
  • Pigeon
  • MHI
  • Infoteria
  • Kyoto University
  • Tokyo Medical & Dental University
  • Daiichi Sankyo Pharma
  • Daiwa Securities
  • Ube Industries
  • Oracle Japan
Educational Credentials             

Masters in Physics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

BS Chemistry & Physics, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

Certificate in Program & Project Management, UCSC Silicon Valley, California

Certified Workshop Facilitator for The Leadership Challenge



Industry Experience

20 Years of business leadership and program management consulting.

Over 5 years University of California Santa Cruz Extension Project Mgmt. & Business Leadership Faculty.

10 Years at Hewlett Packard in product development, program management and engineering leadership roles.

4 Years leading product development project teams in Silicon Valley Startups.

2 successful startups that are still in business over a decade later!

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