Strategists and Pathfinders
We help leaders create and manage successful change, and address the most challenging issues they face.
We provide situational intelligence, expert guidance, thoughtful planning, and effective strategy design and execution.
We’re a trusted partner for you and your organization or collaborative when planning and implementing change.
How We Work
We believe every successful strategic initiative is informed by a strong appreciation of the driving forces of change, inspired by a clear sense of purpose, and grounded in a practical planning process that anticipates challenges to implementation.
Our approach is anchored in these beliefs, and our thorough process enables creative and comprehensive thinking and effective participation by those who will implement change.
We work as your strategic ally to address the goals, realities, culture, and needs unique to each engagement, regardless of scope.
Ask us how we can help you realize your vision.
Work We’ve Done
KJ Smith Associates has recently helped organizations meet these challenges:
Strengthen Rural Health Care Delivery
We provided leadership to help a fledgling network of rural healthcare organizations complete a needs assessment and produce a strategic plan. We strengthened the network’s ability to collaborate in new and innovative ways to improve access to health care services in their remote service area, and to garner increased community support and additional funding to advance the network’s goals.
Enterprise Initiative Startup
We helped transform a school district cost center into a 100%-enterprise operation by developing a strategic business plan that established a framework for solid financial performance and provided a forward thinking action plan to reposition its service offerings to adapt to a new environment of federally mandated educational reform and disruptive digital technologies.
Support Organizational Transition
We worked closely with the CEO and board leaders of a community nonprofit organization to design and facilitate the Board of Directors decision-making process as they pursued a strategic alliance, selected an alliance partner, and engaged with their management team and staff to create understanding of the imperative to change.
Ask how we can help align your team for what’s next.
Who We Are
KJ Smith Associates provides strategic planning and business development services to help leaders create and successfully implement change.
Kathy Smith, principal consultant, is known for her engaging style and strategic perspective. She has depth of experience in helping organizations and multi-constituent groups address complex challenges, frame alternative strategies, and build pathways to action — she delivers results with skill and energy. For large-scale projects, Kathy leads a trusted network of professional business associates.
Kathy is a Stanford Certified Project Manager®. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Oregon, where she received the Al Frazier Award for outstanding achievement in research. She completed the Oxford Scenarios programme and studied advanced qualitative research methods at the Burke Institute. Kathy is an experienced group facilitator, with extensive experience designing systems to elicit, organize, and moderate stakeholder involvement.
Completely Honest and Ethical
It has been my pleasure to work on several projects over the last five years with Kathy Smith including board retreats, project management and strategic planning. I have also found Kathy to be completely honest and ethical in her work. Another trait I rarely experience and really appreciate is Kathy’s follow-through. She does what she says she is going to do on time and on budget.