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October 02, 2023

  • Client Spotlight
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We are pleased to announce the individuals and organizations named as Finalists for the 2023 Kolbe Professional Awards. Congratulations to this incredible group, all of whom have displayed exceptional creativity and leadership when it comes to the use of conation and Kolbe Wisdom™. Thank you to all who were nominated and applied for considerationWinners will be announced at KolbeCon in October.


This award honors a Kolbe Certified™ Consultant who has developed a high level of expertise in Kolbe theory and has used Kolbe products and methodologies to impact organizations and/or individuals.


Morgan Hutchings
Senior Consultant, AuDExperts 

Morgan Hutchings, a Kolbe Certified™ Consultant and Strategic Communication Coach, is the catalyst behind building great teams for a growing list of private practices and companies.  His specialties include strategic analysis, establishing and reinforcing core values, opening communication, and instilling discipline so your team can thrive while fulfilling your entrepreneurial vision.  

Morgan was born to communicate with others, and his role as a coach and mentor allows him the opportunity to challenge the status quo, seek continuous improvement within your organization, and improve the lives of entrepreneurs around the world. 

Morgan continues to defy convention, challenge his coaching clients and motivate entrepreneurs to build autonomous teams to more quickly realize their vision. His experience includes:

  • Kolbe Certified Consultant 
  • Strategic Communication Coach to practices spanning the entire United States; from Hawaii to Alaska, and California to Massachusetts. 
  • Former Director of Operations for an Inc. 500/5000 Organization 
  • Led America’s Highest Rated Hearing Health Care Team 
  • Leading Change Initiatives Based on the Disney Institute and Ritz Carlton Methods 
  • Innovative Teaching, Coaching and Leadership for Multiple Health Care Professions


Sarah Gillet Couto
Multi Lingual Leadership & Communication Expert, Executive Coach, Sarah Gillet Couto Consulting 

Sarah Gillet Couto is an international leadership coach, specialized in developing high-performing leadership teams, and founder of Gillet Couto Consulting LLC., a firm that specializes in coaching, consulting, and cutting-edge training services for corporate executives. Prior to launching her own consultancy, she worked with some of the world’s largest institutions as an award-winning executive with multicultural experience. Sarah´s professional journey includes working with BNP Paribas, American Express Bank, Bank of America, Standard Chartered, HSBC, Banco do Brasil, Banco BHD Leon, BanReservas, Banco Santa Cruz, Banco Popular, Popular Bank, Chapman Partnership, Multibank, Davivienda International, Estée Lauder, Americaribe, Synergy HomeCare and Asociación Emergencia Ayacucho. 

Sarah’s passion for people, languages, culture, communication, connection and life serves as the catalyst for her continued business growth. The opportunity to help executives find fulfillment in their work and life is what ignites Sarah’s passion for her work. 

Sarah’s faith and charity work are essential to her life. She is on the board of the Blue Line Angels, a Christian ministry focused on sharing the Gospel, cultivating disciples and growing in a community of faith. Previously, she has been on the board of Asociacion Emergencia Ayacucho (AEA), a Peru-based charity where she continues to support local orphanage efforts in Ayacucho, Peru. In Colombia, she and her husband sponsors five children through the Christian organization “His Children International”. In Miami, Sarah is part of Womenade with Chapman Partnership serving the homeless community, and one of her passions is going to Mission Trips to share the Gospel and change lives. 


Shawn Gulyas
Founder & The Thought Catalyst, humanworks8 

Shawn exists to design and facilitate creative experiences that challenge one’s thinking and action helping individuals and companies find their authenticity and elevate their people touchpoints. After a 25-year leadership career in Human Resources, Shawn founded humanworks8 to work with organizations in need of bringing their work to life through championing people. 

Shawn and his team have guided organizations to improve their bottom line by building sustainable people practices through four end-to-end service solutions: The Core Value Touchpoints – Culture Development Solution, The Talent Canvas – Talent Optimization Solution, The Leadership Model – Leadership Development Solution and The Way – Strategic Planning Solution. 

Shawn hosts a monthly podcast called Culture(&): The Future of Workplace Culture as part of the Geeks, Geezers & Googlization Unleashed Series and shares what’s on his mind through his weekly Wondering Wednesday conversations on LinkedIn. 

Think of Shawn as a “jump-starter” of energy and ideas around the belief that Everyone Matters and as a leader who creates cultures and communities where values, natural instincts and well-being are the essence of success. Other things Shawn believes in: Peace, Wonder and Yoda. 



This award honors a company for using Kolbe Solutions to make a difference in their organization with demonstrable results.  


Avista Corp

We are an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides service to electric and natural gas customers in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon. We have 1800 employees. 

Avista has proudly served our customers and communities for more than 134 yearsWe have been recognized for the fourth time by Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2023 World’s Most Ethical Companies 

Our Vision: Better Energy for Life 
Our Mission: We improve our customers’ lives through innovative energy solutions.   Safely – Responsibly – Affordably
Our Lasting Principles:  Trustworthy – Innovative – Collaborative 

Riff Creative
Kolbe Certified Consultants: Alexis Bond, Clare Willson, Jacob Hendrix, Shara Wokal

We are a full-service partner, unlocking growth through an unwavering belief in storytelling, creative, and problem solving. Riff is the agency for big ideas. Whether you’re launching, growing, or transforming, we are here to give agency to all the things you must become in-between—what you were— and what you strive for. We help businesses navigate uncertainty with people-centric and design-based methods that increase the likelihood of success. 

Riverstone Communities 
Kolbe Certified Consultants: Hillary Snyder, Keri Claudio, Sarah Riutta

While it may seem our primary assets should be our properties, we know better; people are truly the best and most valuable part of Riverstone. Our top priorities are our residents, who take pride in their homes and work hard for their families, as well our team, which works hard to constantly improve the experience we provide residents at our manufactured housing communities nationwide. 

Riverstone Communities owns and operates over 80 manufactured housing communities throughout the United States. Our properties vary from all-age communities to age restricted (55+) and RV properties. 

Our mission is to enrich the lives of our residents and team members. 

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