Knights Consulting is a leadership and team development company. Through training, coaching, and program development consulting we help organizations create more competent, confident leaders and high performing teams.
Our training and coaching services are comprehensive in scope, including assessment, program development, evaluation, and ongoing advisory. We take a human-centered approach that focuses on the needs and desired outcomes of your organization.
We believe that leadership and team develop programs should focus on the whole person. Our programs address talent development and performance management, as well as employee empowerment and wellness. We bring our whole selves to work, so learning and development activities should address the whole person.
Our Approach & Success Factors
Leadership and team development is layered. Cookie-cutter programs are not an option for the high quality outcomes your organization deserves. Trust, Creativity, Passion, Service, Empowerment, Community, and Transformation are the values that guide our work. We are committed to getting to know your organization and creating tailor-made solutions just for you.
Here's our approach:
Discovery & Assessment:Research, interviews, and assessments to help us get to the heart of the issue and uncover needs, opportunities, strengths, and current challenges. Determine goals and focus areas, and get clarity on our road map for moving forward.
Strategy Development & Design: With your culture and team in mind; we develop training, coaching, and engagement initiatives. We'll develop your internal communication plan to increase buy in, and determine key metrics we'll track for success.
Strategic Execution: Program facilitation begins and the plan is implemented. We'll integrate feedback loops and progress reviews to help us understand what's working and what's not.
Measurement & Continuous Improvement: We'll review the key metrics, and determine pivots and edits to the program. Acting as your trusted advisor and program partner, we continue to support you and your leaders to maintain momentum.
Words from Clients...
"Thanks to Knights Consulting our team of 80+ was able to reflect and build on their communication styles, set goals for their individual programs, and reflect on how we all contribute to the success of the organization. This year, KC helped us build our professional development plans, improve transparency, and even supported us through creating an employee-led wellness committee. Laura is invested in making sure her clients succeed and takes the time to schedule calls and in-person meetings to hold you accountable for the goals set. Knights Consulting is a MUST-HAVE for organizations!"
Ruby Camacho, Associate Director
The Center for Literacy at the University of Illinois-Chicago
"We invited Laura to facilitate our team building retreat for our board. She was excellent! She consulted with us before to develop the agenda and activities, and provided her expertise and guidance to ensure our desire outcomes for the event were achieved. As a result of the retreat, we have clarity on our future direction as an organization. We have idenitified more effective recruiting sources for program volunteers and staff, streamlined programs, and developed a plan to diversify funding."
Tiffany Fincher, Executive Director, Aspirations of Life NFP
"Laura is an exceptional facilitator and her programs are timely and relevant. She is very relatable and my group opened up to her immediately. I continue to be impressed by her talents, expertise and credentials. Laura has been an amazing value-add to my catalogue of offerings, and she will continue to be a go-to resource for years to come."
Marisa Tatum, Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager, Teradata
After being in senior leadership at a university in a role where she had significant staff development responsibilities, Laura became more and more passionate about creating empowered workplaces where leaders are inspired and employees are engaged and motivated to meet organizational goals. Out of this passion, she launched Knights Consulting in 2016.
Laura Knights is an executive coach, speaker, facilitator, and trainer with 17+ years of experience creating professional development programs that have touched leaders all over the world. Her expertise and background in business, human resources, adult education, and as a licensed clinical social worker uniquely equip her to teach others how to deal with both the "head work" and "heart work" required to succeed at work and in life.
Laura received her Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management, from Washington University in St. Louis. She obtained her Master’s in Social Work from DePaul University.
She is a certified critical incident response professional and provides crisis response services to companies that have experienced a critical incident such as downsizing, employee death or workplace violence. Additionally, Laura is a certified trauma professional, certified practitioner for both the DISC and Core Values Index assessments, and holds a Licensed Clinical Social Worker designation in both Illinois and Georgia.
Core Team Members
Trainer, Coach & Communications Expert
Summer has 10+ years experience in corporate training, communications, workforce development, and stakeholder engagement. She is also a Certified Equity & Belonging Facilitator. Her expertise spans various industries including information technology, finance, government, nonprofit and higher education.
Trainer, Coach & Organizational Psychologist
Sunette has 10+ years experience in business development, entrepreneurship, and human relations. She is an Employee Assistance Professional with expertise in applying positive psychology models, and individual and team coaching initiatives.
We aim to be your trusted advisor and collaborative partner walking alongside you to create sustainable programming that develops your leaders, strengthens your team, and transforms your organization.
We will take an agile approach to remain flexible, pivot as needed, and respond quickly with customized solutions to fit your organization's specific needs.
Let's Work Together!
Schedule a Call
You'll get to know more about our approach, discuss your challenges and goals, and learn how we can help you achieve desired outcomes.
Receive a Plan
Based on the discussion, you'll receive an outline of recommendations with detailed pricing and availability info.
Transform Your Team
We will partner with you to provide engaging progamming to develop your leaders and strengthen your team.