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Meet Kristina Katayama, MBA
Owner & Principal Consultant

Kristina Katayama, principal of Be Possible LLC, is an experienced consultant that activates culture for social impact, and has a strong background in leadership and organizational development for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. With over 25 years of experience, she helps organizations transform theory into collective application and operational practices.


Kristina has a proven track record of facilitating whole systems change processes to transform cultures that lead to a liberated sense of belonging by increasing purpose driven engagement. She has successfully worked in cross-cultural environments, collaborating on cross-functional projects in Australia, China, Japan, Cambodia, Honduras, Nicaragua and across the European Union.

As a consultant, facilitator, and executive coach, Kristina has played a crucial role in initiatives as the managing director for Be Possible. She works with government, nonprofits, and for profit corporations, including organizations such as the City of Seattle, Port of Seattle, University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, the Freedom Project, Leadership Eastside, and Habitat for Humanity, designing and implementing culture change processes to build bridges between executive leadership and staff.


During her time at the Port of Seattle, Kristina partnered with senior leaders to drive organization-wide culture change efforts. She designed and delivered organizational culture inventories, engagement surveys, leadership development and organizational effectiveness programs, provided consultation on strategic change and performance management to enhance team cohesion, and advanced diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, impact and outcomes.

Kristina holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and a BA in International Relations from Western Washington University. She has received extensive training in areas such as emotional intelligence, neuroscience of leadership development, trauma-informed approach to relationship and power dynamics, multi-cultural awareness, appreciation and humility, and courageous bridge-building across significant differences.


As the lead consultant on multiple contracts, Kristina brings the ability to navigate complex organizational, political and social power dynamics. Her ability to transform conflict into trust building breakthroughs and appreciation leads to meaningful change, and sustainable, learning cultures that develop inclusive environments within government agencies.


Additional Details


  • 15 years of experience in executive coaching

  • Clients include: University of Washington (Foster School of Business, School of Nursing), Microsoft, AT&T Wireless, IBM Japan, GM Europe, City of Seattle, Port of Seattle, Habitat for Humanity, Harborview Medical Center.

  • 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)

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