A People-Centered Leadership Framework to Raise the Energy of Your Organization
Niki Kohari is a serial entrepreneur, author, and lifelong learner with a passion for helping people work better together. With over nine years of experience in software startups at various stages, she is currently the COO at Retrium, a product that helps teams have easy and effective retrospectives. She is also a certified business, executive, and leadership coach at BrightSpark Coaching. Her background is in Industrial/Organizational psychology with expertise in leadership development, organizational change, emotions in the workplace, mental models, and teamwork in addition to her experience in business and people operations.
In 2009, she co-founded AgileZen, a product based on lean software development ideas, to help teams organize their work and collaborate more effectively. Shortly after, it was acquired by Rally Software, where Niki worked as a product manager before moving into a role on the People Team, as the Director of Organizational Development. In that role, she worked on all the strategic HR initiatives including a leadership framework, manager training, new employee onboarding, employee engagement, and 360 feedback assessments.
Before joining the team at Retrium, she worked as the VP of Operations at Adzerk, a startup in the adtech industry and co-founded another collaboration platform, TaskTorch. She also received her professional coaching certification through the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching, and currently holds both an Associate Coach Credential through the International Coaching Federation and is a Certified Scrum Master.
When she isn’t working with the amazing team at Retrium or coaching with her clients, she enjoys cooking, reading, exercise, meditation, and learning the latest leadership development trends.