Katherine Tyler Scott

Katherine Tyler Scott, Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Ki ThoughtBridge

Managing Principal

B.S. Ball State University
Master’s in Social Work Indiana University
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Honorary Doctorate, Christian Theological Seminary

Katherine is the Principal of Ki ThoughtBridge, LLC, a company that is known for its integrated approach to the development of individual and organizational leadership that increases adaptive capacity, efficacy, and resilience. She has developed and led numerous leadership programs, trainings, and workshops for educational institutions, philanthropic organizations, and businesses.

Katherine is trained in Organizational Development and is certified to administer and interpret numerous assessment tools. Among them are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Emotional and Social Competency Indicator (ESCI). She is also certified in Conflict Resolution and Negotiation by The Harvard Negotiation Project.

Following her career as a clinical social worker at public and private institutions, Katherine developed and directed the Lilly Endowment Leadership Education Program, a statewide leadership education initiative. This work led to the development of a national center for leadership development - Trustee Leadership Development (TLD). During her 17-year tenure as director of TLD the organization provided leadership and governance education and training to over 50,000 not-for-profit leaders and over a thousand institutions.

In addition to her professional work, Katherine is an active volunteer. As a past president of the International Leadership Association - a membership organization of nearly 3,000 scholars, researchers, and educators from more than twenty-eight countries – she was President of the board and helped it transition from an advisory group to a governance board.  She is a contributing author to ILA publications, is a workshop presenter, and frequent Conference Weaver. Katherine was selected as a 2021-2022  ILA Fellow.

Katherine is a board member of Women4Change and chairs the Civic Education Committee. She is a co-creator and facilitator of the “Civics, Civility and Consensus” a series of community conversations, and led the development of a series of educational videos on the Constitution.

While serving as Chair of the Board of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Association (SKLA), she was a member of the Commission for Downtown and was on the boards of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. She and a group of SKLA colleagues developed “Finding Common Ground,” a race relations training program. Katherine is a founding member of the Indianapolis chapter of the Coalition of 100 Black Women, and an active lay leader in the Episcopal Church. A ten-time Deputy to General Convention, she has chaired or co-chaired numerous legislative and policymaking committees. Katherine was a trustee of the National Cathedral Associaton and The Church Pension Fund where she served as Vice-Chair of the Board.

She is an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where she currently serves on the Vestry.

Katherine has written extensively on the subject of integrated adaptive leadership, trusteeship, organizational development, and change management (see details below). 

Katherine is the recipient of numerous awards for her professional work and community leadership. Among them are the National Association of Community Leadership Award, The Hoosier Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award; the Sagamore of the Wabash the highest award given by the Governor for outstanding community contribution and service.

  • Awards & Accolades
    • National Association of Community Leadership Award
    • The Hoosier Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Sagamore of the Wabash - the highest award given by the Governor for outstanding community contribution and service.
    • International Leadership Association 2021-2022 ILA Fellows - an honor that includes thought leaders from around the world
    • Indiana Youth Institute’s Pathfinder Award – she received the very first award for her work in leadership education
    • Edna B. Lacy Service Award - for her contribution and service to the Indianapolis community and the Stanley K. Lacy Alumni Association]
    • Distinguished Leadership Award - from the National Association for Community Leadership
    • “Woman in the Forefront” - by the Indianapolis Business Journal and Indiana Lawyer publications in 1998
    • Woman of Achievement & Phyllis Wheatley Award – by the Indianapolis YMCA for her work in race relations and received the Hoosier Heritage award for leadership
  • Leadership Involvement & Organizations
    • Trustee Leadership Development (TLD), Founding Director - a program that worked with over 50,000 leaders and consultants; and 1,000 organizations across the country.
    • International Leadership Association Board (ILA), Chair
    • Panel of Leaders, Representative for ILA – a congregation of scholars and practitioners selected to write on issues related to leadership for the Washington Post and the New York Times.
    • Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Race Relations History Project, Former Chair - she helped develop a training curriculum, Finding Common Ground, for community-wide dissemination
    • Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Program, Graduate
    • SKLA Board, Former President - served on the Commission for Downtown and on the boards of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee
    • Coalition of 100 Black Woman, Indianapolis chapter, a Founding Member
    • Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes, Past President of the board
    • The House of Deputies, Counsel to the president
    • Church Pension Fund of the Episcopal Church, Former Trustee
  • Publications

    Katherine has written extensively on the topics of leadership, governance, organizational development, and change management.