Kathryn P. Haydon

Kathryn Haydon is a creativity and innovation expert who coaches and trains courageous leaders and teams to apply the science of creativity to grow revenue, cut costs, and add innovative value in a fast-paced world. Her expertise spans across industries, from manufacturing and finance to high-tech and education.

After starting her career in banking, Kathryn moved into the science of creativity to understand the structures and practices that support the full contribution of individuals and teams in the workplace and in learning.

Kathryn has written and spoken widely on creative thinking, learning, talent development, and the secret strengths of outlier thinkers, including several chapters in edited volumes and hundreds of articles. She is the author of the award-winning The Non-Obvious Guide to Being More Creative, No Matter Where You Work and co-author of Creativity for Everybody, she is a regular contributor to publications such as Psychology Today, and her work has been featured in The Washington Post.

Kathryn is a native of Chicago, Illinois in the US. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Northwestern University and her Master of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership from the acclaimed International Center for Studies in Creativity at the State University of New York.

Accredited facilitator: iCLi Leadership Survey

Kathryn is accredited to deliver Tirian’s Innovative Change Leadership (iCLi) profile feedback results in a coaching context to assist clients with developing ambidextrous future-ready leadership.


Base: New York, US
Languages: English, Spanish

Kathryn Haydon is a gifted speaker, facilitator, and consultant. She is highly motivated to help people discover their innate creativity and to help them find creative outcomes for their challenges and opportunities.

Michael Ackerbauer,
Leadership and Innovation Coach, IBM

My team needed a new challenge added to their jobs to maximize their potential and engagement. Kathryn’s training gave us creative problem-solving tools we needed to solve this challenge in real time. We applied solutions generated in the workshop for immediate impact.

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