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Katherine Tyler Scott

Katherine Tyler Scott is the Managing Partner of Ki ThoughtBridge, a company specializing in an integrated approach to leadership development, change management, conflict resolution and negotiation, and the transformation of individuals, organizations and communities. Katherine is a nationally recognized speaker and consultant who has written extensively on the topics of leadership, trusteeship, organizational development, and change management. She has more than 30 years of experience in leadership education and development, consultation, coaching and facilitation. 

Katherine holds a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University, and an honorary doctorate in Public Service from Christian Theological Seminary. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and is certified in conflict resolution, mediation, and negotiation by The Harvard Negotiation Project.


Following a career as a clinical social worker and administrator, Katherine worked as a consultant to the Lilly Endowment and developed and directed the Lilly Endowment Leadership Education Program, a statewide leadership education initiative for professionals in the youth service field. She has developed leadership training programs and resources for the Community Leadership Association, several statewide community leadership programs, corporations, and religious organizations.


Katherine is the Founding Director of Trustee leadership Development a national program that worked with over 50,000 leaders and consultants in the not for profit sector. Katherine Tyler Scott is a board member of the International Leadership Association. She represents ILA on a Panel of Leaders composed of scholars and practitioners selected to provide comment on significant matters and issues related to leadership for the Washington Post.


From 1990 to 1994, Katherine chaired the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Race Relations History Project, during which time she helped develop a training curriculum, Finding Common Ground, for community-wide dissemination. She is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Program in Indianapolis and, as president of the SKLA Board, served on the Commission for Downtown and on the boards of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. Katherine is a founding member of the Indianapolis chapter of the Coalition of 100 Black Women, Past President of the board of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes, Counsel to the president of The House of Deputies, and is a trustee of the Church Pension Fund of the Episcopal Church.


Katherine is a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor the Governor of Indiana could bestow on a citizen. She was awarded the first Indiana Youth Institute’s Pathfinder Award in 1989 for her work in leadership education, and is a recipient of the Edna B. Lacy Service Award for her contribution and service to the Indianapolis community and the Stanley K. Lacy Alumni Association. Katherine received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association for Community Leadership. Katherine was named a “Woman in the Forefront” in 1998 by the Indianapolis Business Journal and Indiana Lawyer publications. She was honored by the Indianapolis YWCA as a 2002 Woman of Achievement and was presented with that organization’s Phyllis Wheatley Award for her work in race relations.  In 2005 she received the Hoosier Heritage award for her leadership.


Katherine is the author of Creating Caring and Capable Boards: Reclaiming the Passion for Active Trusteeship, published by Jossey-Bass in 2000, The Inner Work of the Leader: Discovering the Leader Within, 1999; and Transforming Leadership, published in 2010. She is the co-author of numerous articles and several books including: Stories From the Circle: Women’s Leadership in Community, 1991, and contributing author to Cutting Edge Leadership 2000; Spirit at Work, edited by Jay Conger (Jossey-Bass, 1994); and is a contributing writer in The Transforming Leader published in 2012 by Berret-Koehler Publishers.


B.S. Ball State University
Masters in Social Work Indiana University

"True transformation happens when the character of individuals and the culture of institutions and communities are perceived as related and their development is equally valued and intentional. The capacity to accomplish this involves the adaptive skills of leadership, the management of change, and the negotiation and resolution of conflict. Our work equips our clients with these abilities and in so doing equips them for sustainable success."

- Katherine Tyler Scott

"Insightful, I negotiate daily and the 7 elements will be very useful."

- Negotiation Workshop Participant
Manager, TJX