Laura Kinkead, MBA, PCC

Leadership Development Consultant

Guiding People, Guiding Ideas


Laura helps leaders and teams succeed in the midst of today’s dynamic and volatile not-for-profit and business environments. As a trusted coach and advisor, she works with individuals and emerging leaders to build leadership capacity and increase effectiveness to deal with strategic challenges, ambiguity, change and conflict.

As a retreat facilitator, Laura’s focus is in creating experiences that give participants and teams the opportunity to explore meaning and purpose in their work and life and to rediscover and rekindle their spirit and passion. Laura has worked with leaders, physicians, teachers and others to build resilience and bring renewal to their work and life. Her work includes executive coaching; leadership and team development; emerging leader development and organizational and individual renewal.

Before starting her consulting practice 15 years ago, she was an Executive for Allina Hospitals and Clinics, a large Midwestern health system. With 25 years of strategic and tactical experience, she has held leadership positions within both hospital and clinic organizations and health plans and also within other not-for-profit and for-profit businesses.

As a seasoned facilitator, she has lead The Courage to Imagine retreat series for medical fellows through the Bush Foundation. She has been a member of the community faculty at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the Academic Health Center/U of MN where she led the Inner Life Renewal program for health professionals. She is also an adjunct professor with the Healthcare MBA program of Concordia University in St. Paul, MN.

Presently, Laura leads the Courage and Renewal Academy for Leaders which helps not-for-profit leaders, health professionals, teachers and other professionals become courageous and resilient leaders.

Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Cargill, The Blake School, Archibald Bush Foundation, Fairview Health Services, HealthPartners, Hamline University, University of Minnesota, Park Nicollet

MBA-University of St. Thomas

Certified Coach-International Coaching Federation

Facilitator -Center for Courage and Renewal

Adaptive Leadership -Harvard University

Women’s Leadership Study with Meg Wheatley- South Africa

Myers-Briggs Certified Facilitator