Kathryn Davanzo M.Ed

Founder, Principal Partner & Master Trainer

Gulfport, Florida

Kathryn "Kathy"  W. Davanzo has been a nationally known speaker and trainer with thirty years of professional speaking, training and human resources leadership experience.  Kathy finds a genuine connection with her audiences so as to create a highly interactive learning environment – incorporating stories, humor, thoughtful quotes and concepts, the research of CODA Partners, her experiences and the experiences of the audience into a dynamic, fast paced and informative event.

Kathy’s speaking and training programs are designed to increase leadership capacity through development of a strong Leader P.O.V.® (Point of View).  She also consults and trains on workplace policies and behavior and on the role generational experiences and demographics play in the way organizations operate, work and lead. She was named one of the top 20 speakers at the 2008 HR Florida State Conference and was selected as a presenter for the 2011 and a 2012 HR Florida Master’s Series on Leadership and the 2013 North Carolina SHRM Master Series.

Before transitioning to full-time consulting, speaking and training Kathy served as a human resources leader at a Fortune 200 multi-location manufacturer of commercial foodservice equipment and as the chief HR leader for a $60M, multi-state nonprofit provider of services to youth and their families.

Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Communications Education from Miami University and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Miami. 

As a volunteer Kathy is a FASTStart Facilitator for the University of Tampa MBA program and served on the SHRM Katrina Disaster Panel.  She has been a SHRM Chapter president and served three years as the Workforce Readiness Chair for the HR Florida State Council, speaking and consulting with chapters and their members on what companies need to do to ensure a 21st century workforce.

Kathy is an avid sailor and traveler.  When not out on the water, she resides in Gulfport, Florida with her husband, Charlie.