Kathie Orlay

Kathie is a leadership consultant for Innovative Connections, Inc., a consulting company that works with individuals, teams and organizations to expand capacity and improve organizational effectiveness.

As a values-centered, highly motivated, influential leader, Kathie eagerly shares her knowledge and talents to help others reach their true potential. With full operational and financial accountability in diverse Fortune 500 companies, she has a wealth of expertise in organizational change, engagement and retention strategies, leadership consulting and development, talent review and succession planning, project management and executive program design and delivery.

Kathie builds trusting, long-term relationships and connects with business professionals from entry level to C-suite executives, enabling her to be an effective change agent and mentor. She provides fresh ideas and solutions for improving organizational effectiveness and works tirelessly to develop programs that exceed the expectations of participants and leaders.

Experience and Recognition

More than 30 years of professional experience in organizational development, coaching and consulting


Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Masters studies in Organizational Development, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Advanced Consulting Skills, Meridian Institute

Emotional Intelligence, Six Seconds

Coaching Certification, CDR Assessment Group

Creating Team Mastery, Leading From Within-The Inventure Group

Leadershift, Coaching Agility, VisionPoint, Inc.


Kathie grew up in Minnesota and now resides in Arizona. She enjoys traveling with her husband, particularly to Europe and Hawaii. She is a nature hiker, avid birder and gardener—which offers a new challenge in moving from Minnesota to the desert. She also enjoys creative writing, playing the piano and volunteering for a variety of non-profit organizations for both people and animals.