Kelly Beckham Kannwischer is a seasoned consultant, executive coach and not-for-profit executive. Kelly founded OptUp Consulting when she moved to Atlanta, GA in 2016. Kelly is also Cofounder and CEO of the Future Church Co. Previously, Kelly lived and worked in Orange County, California where she served THINK Together as the Chief Engagement Officer and Vanguard University as the Vice President and President of the Vanguard University Foundation.
Kelly has been an accredited Insights Discovery Client Practitioner since 2014. Insights Discovery helps people understand themselves and their colleagues so that they can have more respectful, productive and positive working relationships, even across virtual boundaries.Kelly serves individuals and teams with the suite of Insights Discovery tools and resources to improve team health and effectiveness.
A strategic thinker and leader, Kelly is an advanced certified facilitator with the Paterson Center. Kelly leads the StratOp process with companies, universities, schools, and non-profits. StratOp begins is a 3-day facilitated process that guides teams to collaborate on gaining perspective about the past and present, and develop a plan for the future. StratOp delivers a clear action plan, purposefully crafted to deliver measurable results.
Kelly began her career more than twenty years ago as a consultant with Ketchum and RSI, today the Pursuant Group. As a consultant, Kelly served clients by providing professional fundraising and development consulting services to schools, arts organizations, humanitarian groups, and faith-based institutions such as churches and relief efforts.
Kelly graduated from the University of Virginia and earned a Masters degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she was awarded the Presbyterian Leadership Award, the Alexander Hodge Award for Excellence in Systematic Theology and the Fellowship in Church and Society.
Kelly has received numerous awards for her service to the community and achievement in academics. Kelly has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Summit YMCA and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mariners Christian School. Kelly is married to Rev. Dr. Richard Kannwischer and is the proud mother of Danica (age 18) and Ashby (age 17). When she is not working or volunteering, Kelly enjoys playing golf, reading, and enjoying the outdoors.