Kirsten Henning
キルステン・ヘニング
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About Me

About me

 

Hello! I'm Kirsten Henning.

And I thank you for stopping by. 

Photo by Timothy Lee Photographers

Photo by Timothy Lee Photographers

I hold more than 15 years of experience in strategic communications, individual coaching, leadership training, and crisis management. I’ve worked as both a consultant and an in-house executive. Think of me as a professional navigator. 

From Fortune 500 CEOs to Mary J. Blige to students who survived the great tsunami in Japan, I’m comfortable working with a variety of people and navigating high-pressure situations. I do it with both joy and humor.

In my life I strive to do the right thing by carving out my own path of fearlessness. I’ve worked in international relations, with Native American tribes, with women and girls’ leadership initiatives, and as Ichiro Suzuki’s press liaison and interpreter. (If you don’t know baseball, just pretend he’s David Beckham).

After several years in Japan I returned to my hometown of Seattle to take a position as a communications consultant, and later as interim executive director at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington State. Then I decided to work as an executive in New York for a national nonprofit working to elect women into office. Along the way I went on a search for more joy and discovered improv comedy at the Magnet Theater.

I am a passionate advocate for women and girls’ leadership. Not only am I a lifelong Girl Scout myself, but I won a Telly Award for telling the stories of Scouts at all levels. Currently I’m helping to write and teach a curriculum called Funny Girls as a way for girls to learn leadership skills through improv.

I’m a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University, and also studied at Stanford University in Japan. I currently live in New York City and spend time in the Pacific Northwest every year.

You can read more about my career path on LinkedIn.

On a more personal note, when I turned 30 my life turned upside down. I woke up in the middle of the night in extreme pain. For a number of years, I was chronically ill with an undiagnosed autoimmune disorder that stumps doctors to this day. Cancer was a side effect. At times I still battle the symptoms of a wonky immune system. Every day I think about how to deal with adversity through humor, and how coping with the unknown is a window into better understanding the human experience.