Songya Kesler

Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant

Songya Kesler joins Seven Stones Leadership as a consultant and coach who has 15 years of business experience spanning the US, Europe, and Asia. She offers Executive Coaching, Team Coaching, and Leadership Consulting. She works with leaders, innovators, and disruptors on a mission to find their inner truths and unlock their highest potential. Her clients are founders and tech leadership teams with 50 to 5,000 employees, addressing a range of industries, including SaaS, Consulting, Healthcare, Space, Financial Services, Crypto, Food and Tech companies. Some of her recent clients include Aztec, Progressive, Zalando, and Contentful.

She also teaches “Leadership and Ethics” as part of the core faculty at the Masters of the Environment program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Each fall, she guides over 100 students across three sections through a practical and rigorous curriculum to enable their leadership effectiveness to address some of the world’s biggest social and environmental challenges. She also weaves stories between industry and the classroom, between theory and application.

Songya works closely with leaders and their teams to develop the necessary leadership competencies to reach their next significant milestone. She helps individuals develop key leadership skills and self-awareness to uncover who they are and what they want so they can lead with confidence, certainty, and authenticity. She helps businesses to design and deliver leadership training programs that increase employee engagement, motivation, and overall productivity.

Songya is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Her leadership and coaching training comes from AOEC, CoActive, Happy Ltd, and LEVEL7. She began her career as an engineer and entrepreneur, but surrendered to the latent artist and creative within, offering her clients a unique approach that is as stimulating and mindset-altering as it is understandable and practical.

She received two engineering degrees from Stanford University and her MBA from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. She recently relocated back to the US from Germany and lives with her family in Boulder, CO.

4 Virtual Learning Sessions plus 6-month Racial Affinity Group Experience

For this learning path, you will participate in the 4 virtual learning sessions and be enrolled in one of three Racial Affinity Groups:

1) People who identify as People of Color (Black, Indigenous, Asian, Hispanic)

2) People who identify as Bi-Racial or Multi-Racial

3) People who identify as White

*More specific affinity groups may be formed upon the completion of course registration

We believe that it is important to do our own work with people with similar racial experiences to build capacity for cross-race dialogue that supports authentic relationships and deep belonging for everyone. We will ask you to self-select into the group that best aligns with your racial identity. We recognize that for some this is not a simple choice and we are available to have a conversation with you to support your selection.

Together we will:

  • Reflect personally and collectively on the impact of embodied trauma, separation, scarcity and disconnection.
  • Work in learning partners and/or small groups for the sake of holding each other accountable and deepening our learning through multiple disciplines.
  • Engage in embodied practices for unwinding from the impact of racism in order to build stamina, capacity, and resilience.

Online Zoom Sessions

Time: 11am-12:30pm ET/8am PT/4pm GMT*

When: 5-Sessions scheduled between Sept 28, 2023 – Jan 26, 2024 (see below)

*All sessions will run from 11am-12:30pm ET.

Racial Affinity Group Schedule
Thurs, September 28, 2023 — 11am-12:30pm ET Kick-off/ Authentic Communication
Thurs, November 2, 2023 — 11am-12:30pm ET Unpacking Our Racial Autobiographies
Friday, November 17, 2023 — 11am-12:30pm ET Self-Compassion
Thurs, December 7, 2023 — 11am-12:30pm ET What is Sustainable Abundance?
Thurs, January 25, 2024 — 11am-12:30pm ET Inclusive Leadership

Course Registration

Upon registration, you will be directed to our online community space, where all aspects of your program will live, including: pre-work, event links, and a space to connect with fellow participants.

4 Virtual Learning Sessions Only

These four learning sessions will provide you with a new view and innovative framing of the problem as we see it. Below is a brief description of what will take place in each session:

  • Learning Session 1: Why Context Matters
    In session one, we look at our individualist narratives and the impact of not understanding the context in which we exist. 
  • Learning Session 2: Unpacking Trauma
    In session two, we discuss individual and collective trauma. We define trauma and look together about our current systems of inequality and how they evoke trauma-like responses in so many of us.
  • Learning Session 3: Global Anti-Black Racism: A History Lesson
    In session three, we get a history lesson like none other: we explore the global slave trade as the foundation for our current economic model.
  • Learning Session 4: Understanding Power
    In our last session, we examine power; power structures, our relationships with personal power; the importance of learning a healthy relationship with power when so many of us have had power abuse in our lives.

Online Zoom Learning Sessions

Time: 11am-1pm ET/8am PT/4pm GMT*

When: 4-sessions scheduled between Sept 21, 2023 – Jan 18, 2024 (see details below)

*All sessions will run from 11am-1pm ET.

Learning Session Schedule
Thurs, September 21, 2023 — 11 - 1pm ETWhy Context Matters
Thurs, October 26, 2023 — 11 - 1pm ET Unpacking Trauma
Thurs, November 16, 2023 — 11 - 1pm ET Global Anti-Black Racism: A History Lesson
Thurs, January 18, 2024 — 11 - 1pm ET Understanding Power

Course Registration

Upon registration, you will be directed to our online community space, where all aspects of your modular program will live, including: pre-work, event links, and a space to connect with fellow participants.