Kym believes that living and leading with intention is paramount to creating the change our current times demand. She founded Pure Ambition following more than 2 decades leading teams to high performance in corporate operations, which included her team’s consistent improvement of the customer experience during a decade of rapid growth: from $180M - $2B in revenues. Her last 'in-house' stint involved birthing the Corporate Social Responsibility function for a $1B arm of that same food business. This role was the perfect confluence of her personal passion for a sustainable lifestyle, a significant appetite for connecting herself and others to greater purpose in their work, and finally a strong belief that business has the most significant opportunity to positively impact our future, ultimately the impetus for starting Pure Ambition. Kym's clients most appreciate her warm, approachable style combined with an innate no-nonsense ability to cut through noise and uncertainty in service of co-creating a clear, simplistic and boundary pushing agenda, ultimately to reach the next level of IMPACT. Kym lives in Oakland with her partner Ben and rescue pets! She recharges hiking the redwoods, kayaking the California waters and breaking bread with friends at the plethora of amazing local restaurants!
Facilitator + Coach
Calling the San Francisco Bay Area home, Arthur is a Princeton grad and 16-time world champion athlete in the world of freestyle frisbee! Leveraging his championship mindset, the essence of Arthur’s coaching centers around helping leaders hone their raw talent, access new levels of performance, become more resilient and find their unique edges.Arthur’s professional career includes time spent leading teams at Craigslist's nonprofit spin-off and the Frisbee and Hacky Sack businesses for Wham-O. It was during his time with the Craigslist Foundation that Arthur discovered and cultivated the distinctiveness he offers as an introverted leader. Arthur has a drive to make a difference in the world, making time to engage in causes that call him: civil liberties - including those in the digital world; the inclusion and embracing of the compelling skills of introverts; corporate responsibility; and alleviating hunger; to name just a few! Beyond working with such an accomplished coach, Arthur’s clients appreciate his deep intuition and knack for getting to the heart of an issue quickly.
Megan Connor Sullivan
Facilitator + Coach + Culture Consultant
Megan has spent the last 15+ years helping individuals and organizations find more meaning and connection in the way they work. Megan’s rich history of consulting organizations around the customer and employee experience strengthens her current focus of helping start-up founders and progressive leaders develop authentic and caring cultures at work. Megan is a passionate champion for "whole person wellbeing” and believes a strategic ‘hack’ to wellness, performance, engagement and innovation for organizations starts with enabling individuals to bring their whole, authentic selves to work. She holds the belief that major fun can accompany major change and lives in San Francisco with her husband Scott and three kids.
Diane considers herself lucky – she is one of the few who’s found a path to blend her personal beliefs with her professional skills. As the Founder of Flourish HR, she works exclusively with small to mid-sized mission-based companies to deliver HR and and Organizational Development. Working in Fortune 500 environments Diane quickly realized a disconnect between her eco-conscious nature and big company ethos. When she re-entered the workforce following taking time away to raise her children, she committed to working exclusively with companies whose mission included some variation of “doing the right thing". Everyday she takes pride in working with organizations to create a strong culture that’s consistent with their values, while also ensuring compliance with complicated employment laws and regulations.When she isn’t working, you’ll probably find Diane in her vegetable garden, or enjoying a good book or movie with husband, kids and dog Linus (yes, he loves movies).
Creative Communications Consultant
Lila brings vision, versatility and communications savvy to the Pure Ambition team and clients! Whether it’s advising on workshop content, client internal marketing + branding programs, art design, editing or overall communication strategy, her background in marketing, blogs, multi-media art, and workshop design provide a customized experience that resonates and engages audiences. As a mindfulness practitioner with a deep passion for meditation, yoga, and non-profit transformational learning, Lila inhabits a singular proficiency of integrating cross-cultural and geographic perspectives, while fostering creative, fun, and effective mission-driven solutions. Lila resides in Oakland, CA where she creates whimsical art reflective of daily life musings, often featuring her partner John and faithful pup Timmy.
Career Activator + Coach
Madelyn Mackie is the Career Activator! She helps professionals move past their fears and advance their career dreams. As a Certified Career Management Coach, member of the National Resume Writers Association, and former board member of the National Speakers Association, Madelyn offers conference keynotes, professional development trainings, and career coaching to help her clients design unique, job-getting documents, build successful career plans, and create life-long success. Madelyn draws on her experience of navigating four high-profile careers – the lab (as a published biochemistry researcher), the stage (as a stage and production administrator at four Tony Award-winning theatres), the c-suite (as an officer with the American Red Cross), and the owner’s box (CEO of Madelyn Mackie & Associates, a career management and professional development firm) – to help individuals activate their career dreams.She works her magic with Pure Ambition clients to up-level their resume, LinkedIn profile and interviewing game!
Facilitator + HR Consultant
Robyn is a Human Resources Executive with over 30 years of experience developing and delivering strategies that attract top talent, strengthen employee engagement, build positive culture and drive business results. She has consulting and professional experience in a variety of industries including start-up and Fortune 500 companies in healthcare, food manufacturing, biotechnology, entertainment, and apparel. She has also served as an adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University teaching organizational development and career consultant to undergraduate and graduate students. She has served on the boards of California Association of Student Councils and Inroads. Robyn currently resides in Palm Springs with her wife Susan and faithful pup Boscoe!
Kit facilitates change and self empowerment through movement, mindfulness and inquiry to build community and draw upon the full intelligence of individuals and groups. She artfully integrates Open Floor movement practices into her facilitation, training and coaching sessions. In her prior educational career as a High School Principal, Kit gleaned significant insights related to human nature and leadership. Choosing to lead with grace, agility and presence transformed her impact in such a way that it literally - and figuratively - moved her toward her current work. In addition to growing her corporate training practice, she is currently working toward a coaching credential through CTI! She also loves the water and as such has created a life right on the SF Bay with her partner Jeff in Pt Richmond.
Facilitator + Coach
Nicole brings more than 20 years of experience in human resources and leadership development to her practice which includes coaching executives, managers and aspiring leaders to discover their authentic leadership style and the inner compass that allows them to lead and engage their team, even in unchartered territory. Nicole has directed all facets of human resources, with a special emphasis in strategic planning, succession planning and employee engagement in support of strategic and operational business goals. Recognized for building connections based on her ability to tune into the emotions and motivations of others, Nicole’s enthusiasm and clear communication make her a natural facilitator. She is a lifelong learner who frequently attends programs to add to her professional expertise and develop her talents. Nicole also fully embraces the freedom doing this work affords her: quality time with her husband and children and frequent travel to connect with family and friends, near and far!