KNOWN AS THE LEADERSHIP STRATEGIST®, Galen is a leadership trainer, retreat facilitator and Certified Executive Coach who offers insight from 30 years of operating experience with Fortune 500 companies like Kraft Foods, Imperial Sugar and The Coca-Cola Company. He also has 6 years’ experience as a franchise owner of Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. Consistently sought to advise or serve on premiere non-profit boards where, Galen provides oversight in governance, board development, CEO selection and organizational leadership. He has coached or consulted with over 875 senior executives, CEOs and non-profit leaders across 7 countries.

Galen is the bestselling author of IMPACT: A Leadership Fable – Your Power to Make a Lasting Difference and IMPACT: A Leadership Fable Companion – 200 Powerful Leadership & Personal Excellence Quotes. His straight-talk insight has earned raved reviews for his podcast: Whiskey, Jazz and Leadership – (available on every podcast platform and streams in 20 countries).  



Title, background, or education isn’t what holds people back. It’s the inability to tap into their  “WANT-TO” – the deep-seeded desire to take your life to an OUTSTANDING level. After earning a BS degree in Business Administration from Southern Nazarene University , an MBA degree from Rice University, and certification in Inquiry-based Leadership from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Galen went on to lead sales and marketing teams for The Imperial Sugar Company, Kraft Foods and The Coca-Cola Company – ultimately advising some of the smartest executives in corporate America and around the world.

Today, Galen is Founder and CEO of Kiln Global Coaching and Consulting.  Galen trained as a Certified Executive Coach at the World Coach Institute and is credentialed by the International Coach Federation and Goleman Emotional Intelligence organization.  He is an accomplished keynote speaker and business consultant. His leadership book has achieved acclaim as a member of the C-suite Book Club. He is also a C-suite Network Advisor.

Galen is the perfect strategist to call to help you and leaders on your team get past hurdles and unleash the success you already know is possible.


Have you noticed people will come out of the woodwork to tell you what you can’t do and why you would be foolish to even try. Very few people will tell you what you can do or roll up their sleeves to help you figure out how to do it. That’s my passion. For three decades, I’ve HELPED LEADERS BAKE  SUCCESS INTO WORK & LIFE.

Not only have I been there, as an author I’ve researched the requirements of success. I’ve led in Fortune 100 corporations, helping build some of the biggest brands on the planet. I’ve run $100MM divisions in medium-size companies. I’ve built teams for small business start-ups. I’ve spent close to 30 years advising and developing executives in for profit and not for profit settings. I’m convinced that every success and every failure begins and ends with leadership.  Success in every field come down to the four principles. Vision, Strategy, Knowledge and something I call “Want To”.

When you’re a leader of an organization of any size or if you’re just leading yourself, we all need a seasoned voice to illuminate a path, reveal blind spots, and celebrate wins. One of the senior executives I talk about in my book said, “The difference between my job today and the entry-level job at the beginning of my career is today I have fewer people with whom to discuss my problems.” My experiences and expertise allow me to connect with audiences of all sizes using real-life examples in a career-safe environment. I’m not afraid of tough conversations, nor am I afraid of sticky problems.

A lot of leaders stress over guiding cross-generational organizations.  I’ve been there, and I’ve led teams where I was the youngest in the organization. It always comes down to appreciating differences (age, gender, ethnicity, stage of life needs) and recognizing what’s the same. We all want to know our needs will be considered when key decisions impact us. We all want to know we have an opportunity to achieve our personal or professional goals. We all want to be valued as being part of something larger than ourselves and feel that our hopes and dreams are safe.




Galen is a wonderful leadership strategist! I have observed Galen thoughtfully and systematically work to help other leaders get in touch with their own “personal why” – each person’s core personal mission which inspires them to do what they are doing. WHAT he has to say and HOW he says it is masterful.

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Anna Crosslin

President & CEO International Institute

Galen is dedicated and jumps into the difficult projects. Along with providing valuable insights, his outstanding people skills and leadership abilities help improve our board functioning with management as a cohesive team.

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Steve O'Hara

Retired CEO Rawlings Sporting Goods

Galen is a consummate professional and business leader who cares deeply about making a difference and who is extremely effective in leading others to achieve extraordinary results, both personally and professionally. He possesses the rare qualities and skills to think strategically and drive execution to achieve tangible results.

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Hugh Roth

SVP - Chief Customer and Business Development Officer, PepsiCo

Galen is a consummate professional who gets results - a passionate and driven thought leader with a thirst for knowledge. A valuable coach and process improvement enabler.

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Scott Young

Senior Vice President Sales - U.S, Freudenberg Household Products

Galen provided excellent leadership and guidance during our recent leadership planning session. So much so, we invited him to keynote two regional sessions for the balance of our organization. Galen was dynamic, engaging and insightful. I strongly recommend Galen as a keynote speaker or strategic planning work session facilitator.

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Jeff Carper

Senior Vice President of Restaurant Operations, White Castle

Galen is a consummate professional and has really perfected his craft. Our team greatly benefited from Galen's thought leadership around strategic thinking and customer engagement.

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Ed Baines

Sales Governance Leader, Equifax

I had the opportunity to work with Galen at The Coca-Cola Company. He was instrumental in the development of the selling capabilities of my team. He was always professional -- challenging all of us to fine-tune our skills.

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Mike Cinque

President, Kroger Team, The Coca-Cola Company

Galen is forever learning, teaching and sharing. He pro-motes confidence and self-reliance. A remarkable speaker and facilitator.

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Thresa Bertram

Sales and Branding Professional Your Company Name

Galen is an amazing corporate and non-profit facilitator and thought partner! His ability to build teamwork and a spirit of cooperation as a facilitator of meetings and strategic planning sessions is remarkable. A proven leader, Galen has the uncanny ability to bring a team together around a single purpose, a common vision and can get everyone to come on-board to a unified strategy with energy and complete buy-in. Galen is a strong facilitator or motivator!

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Dan Buck

Managing Partner, Founder, Big Sports Properties, LLC

Galen is a pro. He is highly collaborative with team leaders, facilitates with good energy and expertise, and always has command of the materials.

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Mark Souba

Chief Development Officer, Pizza Ranch, Inc

Galen is energetic and full of creative ideas. What sets him apart is his inquisitiveness, attention to detail and heightened intellect.

Galen is an excellent communicator who engenders the support and respect of everyone he works with. Equipped with a calm demeanor and a bull dog’s tenacity. He inherently makes the environment comfortable, stress-free and primed for productivity.

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Bruce Shead

Experienced Senior Marketing and Sales Executive

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