Kristina Katayama, MBA
Principal & Lead Consultant
Kristina witnessed first-hand the generational trauma passed through her family struggling to survive the hardships of immigration followed by race-based imprisonment in the Japanese-American internment camps of WWII. Being of mixed "race", she also experienced the socially conditioned drive to assimilate into White dominant culture in order to "succeed". Compelled to understand where culture ends and humanity begins, Kristina sought out opportunities to live, study and work across more than 30 countries around the world. Her engagements brought her from Norway to Honduras, Germany to China, Australia, Japan, Nicaragua and more.
Inspired by her experience and fascinated by human systems, Kristina has dedicated over 20 years as a process consultant, facilitator and executive coach, designing and delivering programs for leadership development, high performance teams, cultural transformation and organizational effectiveness.
She completed her bilingual international MBA in Spain and continued to deepen her expertise through multiple certification programs including: 360 & EQ Profiling Systems, 5 Behaviors of Cohesive Teams, Accelerated Learning, Coaching, Leadership & Organizational Development.
Kristina has supported organizations across all stages of development, from private businesses to Fortune 100s including GM Europe, Boeing, AT&T Wireless, IBM Japan and Microsoft. She has also worked with governmental agencies and non-profit organizations including PATH, Education Service Districts, and the Port of Seattle.
Kristina’s deep appreciation for human development and commitment to transformational change fuels her to practice and apply our ever-evolving understanding of neuroscience and mindfulness, and to incorporate a trauma-informed approach.
It is her experience inside our prison system and later in our education system that galvanized Kristina's focus on anti-oppression work, ultimately partnering with Dr. Nikum Pon to provide Get REAL (Racial Equity Adaptive Leadership) whole systems change process-consulting. Kristina’s consciousness raising work stimulates both the courage and humility to shift from surviving to thriving.
* Legacy Award for Consulting Partner of the Year, Executive Service Corps (2011)
* Leadership & Organizational Development Consultant, 501 Commons (2011-2019)
* Non-Violent Communication, Mindfulness Meditation & Mentorship Program facilitator, Freedom Project at Monroe Correctional Complex (2012-2015)
* Professional Development co-chair, Human Systems Development Professionals (2017-2019)
* Adaptive Leadership & REAL co-facilitator Community of Practice, Leadership Eastside (2018-2019)
* Student Teacher of The Mind Illuminated (2018-2019)