Cliff Kayser


Cliff is a VP and Owner/Partner of Polarity Partnerships, LLC and Founder/President of Xperience® LLC, both of which provide OD Consulting, Coaching, and Leadership Training services. Also under Xperience® LLC is Kayser Ridge Retreat and Learning Center in Berkeley Springs, WV, which Cliff built and operates to serve the well-being community ( Cliff serves as an adjunct/visiting faculty for: AU Master s in OD and KEY Executive Programs, The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, The Mason Center for Team and Organizational Learning, and the Federal Executive Institute. He is a coaching faculty in the Advanced Coaching Certificate program in Leadership Well-being at Mason s Center for the Advancement of Well-being. Formerly, Cliff was VP of OD and Training for The National Cooperative Bank in Washington, D.C. and spent nearly a decade at The Washington Post newspaper as Senior OD Consultant and The Washington Post Company as Corporate Manager of HR and Training. Cliff holds Master s Degrees in both Organization Development and HR Management from American University and is a graduate of Georgetown Leadership Coaching program. In 2010 Cliff was published in The Love, with thought leaders and Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, including Andrew Cohen, Maya Angelou, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Cliff was a keynote speaker at the PEGASUS Conference in 2012 (with Peter Senge, Margaret Wheatley, and Peter Block). Recently, Cliff was keynote at The Systems Thinking in Action Conference (STIA) in November of 2013 and will keynote the April 2014 STIA conference in Seattle, WA. Find out more on


Education, Certifications, & Affiliations Bachelor s Degree, History & Business, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC Master s Degree, HR Management, American University, Washington, DC Master s Degree, OD, American University/NTL, Washington, DC Executive Leadership Coaching, Georgetown University, Washington, DC (ICF Certified Coach) Certified MBTI, TKI, FIRO-B, Strong Career Development Inventory, Pearson-Marr Narrative Intelligence Profile Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, Society for Human Resource Management Certified in Center for Creative Leadership s Benchmarks, 360 By Design Certified Level Two Facilitator, Barrett Values Centre Cultural Transformation Tools ( Becoming a Better Intervenor Certification, Gestalt Institute of Cleveland Cook-Greuter Leadership Development Maturity Profile Map Certification Developmental Intensive Certified Master Practitioner/Trainer of Polarity Thinking ( Certified Master Trainer, Achieve Global & Development Dimensions International Certified Consultant, EQi 2.0/EQ 360, Emotional Quotient Inventory, MHS/OKA Associates Adjunct Faculty Member, The American University, AU/NTL Master s Program, 2009-present Adjunct Faculty Member, AU KEY Executive Program Adjunct Faculty Member, Federal Executive Institute (Office of Personnel Management) Visiting Faculty, The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, 2009-present Adjunct Faculty Member, George Mason Center for Team & Organizational Learning, 2009-present Coaching Faculty, Advanced Coaching Program in Leadership and Well-being, Center for the Advancement of Well-being.

Speaker Endorsement

Cliff has been regular speaker at our conferences since 2009 and delivered the keynote on the final day of our Systems Thinking in Action Conference in November of 2012. Cliff followed keynotes on previous days by Peter Block, Peter Senge, and Margaret Wheatley and provided a smashing performance with ratings of 4.9 out of 5 with more than 700 people in attendance. This is the highest rating we ve seen in years and a well-deserved recognition of a presentation that included a mix of tools, tips and techniques pulled together and made visible through stories from the field, part humor, and part inspiration. I recommend and say with confidence that Cliff will add real depth for your event or conference as he has done consistently for PEGASUS. Mark Alpert (November 2012) PEGASUS Systems Thinking in Action I thoroughly enjoyed the Polarity Thinking full day seminar that Jean Porto and you designed and presented at the 2013 conference of the Association for Psychological Type International last week. Having attended many APTi conferences, I can truthfully say that this session was one of the very best, if not the best, of the presentations I have experienced at one of our events. It was loaded with very useful take-aways, aha moments, humor and a clear expertise on the parts of both you and Jean. Evident was the amount of time and effort you both put into the preparation and the presentation of the material. Also, the interactive nature from start to finish was particularly helpful not only in making the day go very fast but also in facilitating a deeper learning on the parts of those attending. I would also like to thank both of you for your gracious generosity with the participants. Thank you for a great learning experience. Kathleen Howard, M.B.A., M.Ed. MBTI® Master Practitioner Human Development Associates President

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