Kadi’s love for leadership and development started at an early age with a strong passion to serve people combined with a deep hunger to learn how to help in ways that really make a difference. She is still on a quest to learn how she can help.
Kadi received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) and served as a Registered Nurse in a Veteran’s Hospital Mental Health Unit (West Palm Beach, FL) for several years before being recruited as Director of Health and Wellness at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She was eventually promoted to Dean of Student Development, additionally overseeing Residential Life, the Discipline System, Student Leadership Development initiatives, and on-campus Student Development Programming. In addition, she earned a Masters Degree in Human Resource Development with special recognition for her expertise in Transformational Leadership.
But Kadi’s real passion has always been serving the community by working with leaders to increase their effectiveness in whatever role of influence they have been given. She has logged thousands of volunteer hours helping people grow and learn how to fully fulfill their calling, with a special emphasis on serving people of faith and local church ministries.
In early 2000, Kadi was recruited by her local church to help them navigate scaling a fast-growing faith community and innovative ministry strategy. She served 16 years at Christ Fellowship Church (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) leading in a variety of critical leadership roles as the church grew from 3,500 to 23,000, launched eight additional campuses, and exceeded $50m budget. Her final role was as Executive Director of Multisite in which she oversaw all campuses, built a campus launch strategy, and created the Kaléo School of Leadership, an innovative leadership development system for growing campus volunteer and staff teams from within the congregation.
In 2016, Kadi transitioned from full-time church leadership to working directly with leaders in business and ministry through Kadi Cole & Company as well as key roles with Leadership Network, Replenish MInistries, and Multisite Solutions. Kadi works extensively with multi-site churches, technology businesses, and individual leaders from a variety of professional settings. Kadi’s newest passion project is to help church leaders who want to do a better job developing the female leadership talent in their congregations.
In addition, Kadi is an engaging, practical, and down-to-earth speaker and writer on a variety of topics related to leadership, organizational development, spiritual growth, parenting, and living a full life. She lives in sunny South Florida with her husband and their teenage son. She loves visiting her roots in Montana, garage sales, intense Scrabble games, home DIY projects, and potluck dinners with friends. Plus, she’s always reading at least 4 books at a time.
Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Development
25 years working with recruitment, on-boarding, training, project management, and leadership
Certified Life Plan Facilitator (Paterson Center)
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Trainer and Practitioner
EQ-i 2.0/EQ 360 (Emotional Intelligence) Certified Trainer, Assessor, and Coach
Executive Level leadership at one of America’s largest and fastest growing multi-site churches
Certified Leadership Coach (The John Maxwell Team)
Provided 600+ hours of individual professional and personal development coaching
Created over twenty custom Leadership Development strategies, curricula, and overall program experiences for colleges, businesses, and churches.
Teaching and facilitating groups ranging from 5 to 1500
Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing
Registered Nurse since 1994 (Florida, Washington, Montana)
Board Certified in College/Adolescent Health
Senior Director IT, Citrix