Founder and CEO
I am passionate about connecting people to their leadership so they can best contribute in their organizations, thus enabling those organizations have their desired impact on our world. My career has been about creating systems that guide individuals to lead and flourish in their work. The greatest challenge facing executives in government, nonprofits and corporations is misaligned employees. HBeS is my answer to this issue. By addressing the desire of individuals to be satisfied and fulfilled in their contribution and organizations to have the right person doing the right work, HBeS addresses the fundamental needs to promote more successful societal outcomes. Everyone wants to do what they love and do it in a way that is satisfying and has impact. By making these services available in an online retail model, The Human Being Store is the answer for individuals and organizations alike.
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Kathleen began expressing her passion for the practice of leadership early in her career. Working as a legislative and executive government staffer in her home state of Michigan, she noticed that political officials who had all the ingredients for success would be thwarted in reaching their goals because they weren’t clear about who they were and what they wanted to contribute in their work. To address this gap, Kathleen helped budding leaders find their power by co-founding the Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) at Michigan State University in 1992 to allow emerging leaders understand how to be effective candidates and officeholders. It was the first of many of Kathleen’s leadership innovations that encourage and guide others to “live leadership,” a practice she has dedicated her career to cultivating.
In 1995, after launching the MPLP and building a successful communications firm, Kathleen founded a company whose mission was to support emerging leaders in the political process—particularly women and other underrepresented groups—and became a consultant to local, congressional and statewide campaigns. In 1996, the Dean of the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at George Washington University asked Kathleen to build its political leadership curriculum. The leadership curriculum she developed and taught for 16 years continues to be the cornerstone of leadership education for generations of political professionals being educated in our nation’s capital and around the world through the GSPM’s many international training programs.
By 2007, Kathleen Schafer had developed her proprietary leadership model that serves as the basis of her continually evolving work. Currently, she works with individuals and organizations that are committed to creating meaningful change in the world. She has coached and taught thousands of current and emerging leaders throughout the world, including those at the highest levels of the United Nations, United States Government, international governments and nonprofits, domestic advocacy organization and large and small corporations and entertainment. She continues to be on the forefront of leadership education in emerging democracies as one of the few to teach leadership in the Middle East (Iran, Egypt, and Jordan) since the Arab Spring, building on her extensive speaking in Central and South America and Europe.
Her current clients include elected and appointed officials, celebrities, non-profit and for-profit executives along with entrepreneurs—all interested in expressing the best of their leadership and aligning their organizations to create meaningful and lasting impact.
Kathleen is currently based in Ojai, California, and has authored two books, Living the Leadership Choice and Choose to Lead.
Director of Guidance & Operations
I am at my best when I create connections between people, their abilities and the organizations in which they work. As Director of Guidance and Operations at HBeS, I build-out and oversee our internal operations so that the business flows efficiently and effectively. I ensure that our Guides have the best tools to provide you with an optimum experience.
Director of Client Experience
There’s nothing I love more than magnetizing people to an amazing experience. Even better, is curating experiences that help people grow and do good in the world. Being Director of Client Experience at HBeS allows me the opportunity to work with organizations and individuals to ensure they have an amazing experience living their Gift.