Alexis Kanda-Olmstead (AKO)

Hello and welcome! I am so excited to meet you. With the conviction that the world needs brave women, I invite you to join me on this journey. 

I work with professional women who want to make positive change within their businesses, communities and homes as leaders.

My goal is to close the leadership ambition gap that exists for women. A gap that equates to lost potential for individual women and for society as a whole. 

I do this through women’s leadership workshops, group coaching events, and the new {Re]Finishing School for Brave Women that will launch in 2018. 

My blog is a creative space where I write about whatever is present for me at the moment. Life as a mother, my identity as a newly-hatched activist, and reflections on past experiences.

Outside of this, I work at a dreamy job at Colorado State University where I lead talent management initiatives for the Division of University Advancement. In this role, I am responsible for training programs, organizational development and anything related to the people side of our business.

With my husband of seventeen years, I try to raise two children to be amazing humans. I’d like to say we’re doing a good job of this, but the jury is still out. They definitely watch too much television, bathe infrequently and hear me drop a few swear words here and there. 

It’s a busy and meaningful life, but not a perfect life. I get through with soy lattes and a glass of wine every night. 

I am a lover of books, Beyonce, reclaimed wood, journals and really sharp #2 pencils.

Women entrepreneurs fascinate me, so you’ll often find me wandering around locally-owned businesses for inspiration. 

I don’t have any hobbies per se, unless you count trying to change the world. (If I could be anyone, I would be Wonder Woman, just with more clothes on.)


What costume?

My writing is a great way to get to know me, so I’ve listed below some of my favorite pieces. 

For more info about me, check out LinkedIn for the professional version. (You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram or subscribe to my blog for the real version.)