Kathy F. Bernhard is the president
of KFB Leadership Solutions, a firm that helps organizations drive
performance through the design and implementation of talent
management and other strategic development and human resources programs.
Kathy is an accomplished human resources executive with 25+ years
of experience spanning industries including high technology, media
and information services and health care. She works with clients
to create talent management processes aimed at
developing the organization’s future leaders, and consults
with leaders at all levels concerning strategies for enhancing business
results through developing human capital.
Kathy’s areas of expertise include leadership development,
coaching, performance management and organization development. She
is a seasoned “hands-on” professional with in-depth
knowledge of executive assessment, 360° feedback, succession
planning, training facilitation and executive assimilation.
Prior to launching her own practice,
Kathy was Director, Management Development, at Arrow Electronics,
Inc. in Melville, NY. Arrow is one of the world’s largest
distributors of electronic components and computer products to industrial
and commercial customers. In this role, Kathy was responsible for
global succession planning and leadership development,
with particular emphasis on European clients. Kathy’s
work on corporate mentoring programs at Arrow is
summarized in the 2001 book, “The War for Talent,”
based on the McKinsey & Company research of the same name. Arrow
scored the highest of thirty five companies on the question of mentoring
in that study.
Previously, Kathy served as the senior HR executive for
CMP Media, Inc., Manhasset, NY, rolling out the organization’s
first management development initiatives. She also held a variety
of human resources management positions with Unisys Corporation
in Great Neck, NY, which included successfully negotiating
Kathy is certified in the Leadership Architect®
suite of tools from Lominger Limited Inc., and
has used them extensively in her work since the mid-1990’s.
She has used them for work with individual executives, with intact
executive teams, as well as in the design of an
in-house assessment center for high potentials.
Kathy is also a certified executive coach through Lore International
Institute and is part of their global network of 200+ certified
executive coaches. Clients value Kathy’s ability to identify
and articulate the core issues preventing individuals and teams
from realizing their performance potential, along with her ability
to craft tailored development solutions to address
these obstacles. They also appreciate her relationship skills and
practical, results-oriented approach to solving business problems.
Kathy holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from
Cornell University and an M.B.A. from
Adelphi University. She is also a member of the YWCA Academy of
Women Achievers and represented Arrow Electronics as a member of
the Conference Board Council on Development, Education and
Ms. Bernhard is a frequent presenter at national conferences speaking
about her work in the areas of 360° feedback and succession
planning. She has served as a board member and chairperson of the
HR Committee for Harbor Child Care Centers in New Hyde Park, NY,
and has also been a parent advisor to a local children’s newspaper.
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