David brings 5 years of coaching and nearly 20 years of experience as a leader in the corporate world.
He works with people to define and live their values, to practice introspection, and to tell their stories with the end goal that they create an inspirational and actionable plan to reach the optimal future they have envisioned. Before becoming a coach, he led teams across multiple departments – Operations, HR, Accounting & Finance, Professional Services – within both financial services institutions and tech startups.
David has just returned to the Pacific Northwest where he lives with his partner.
Education & Credentials
- BA, University of Delaware
- BA, St. John’s Seminary
- ICF Professional Coaching Certification
- Crucial Conversation Training Certification
- Hogan Assessment Certification
Clients that have benefited from David’s coaching include ventured backed technology companies (Segment, Medallia, Stripe, Jornaya, ThoughtSpot, WorkBoard, HealthPlix Technologies, InCountry, CircleUp, Wrike, Miro) and large corporations (Wells Fargo, Salesforce, Apple, Louis Vuitton, LinkedIn, DropBox) as well as healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, educators, and freelance artists.
“David was my executive coach for a year. The best thing about our coaching sessions was that I’d come in with some kind of mental block (e.g., “I feel like I add no value to managers that report to me and are more senior than I am,” “I feel frustrated with a particular coworker and stuck, unable to move forward”) and walk out with a clear path forward, including – my favorite part – homework that I would assign myself with David’s guidance that would help me make progress immediately. David is a kind and astute listener, able to pick out patterns from what you’re talking about and present them back to you in an unassuming manner. I’ve always had a feeling that his only agenda in these sessions was to help me through whatever I needed.”Olga Narvskaia,technology executive and consultant
“You cannot teach intuition and you cannot buy compassion. These are skills that make David Klemenz such an effective life coach. When I started with David, I was at a crossroads, but I didn’t know it. I knew I was unhappy in my life and I knew I needed change, but I did not know where to start. After my first few sessions with David, he said something very pointed to me; he told me it sounded like I really did not like my job, which I had not openly admitted to him, anyone else, or even myself. He never told me to quit, but he did ask the right questions to allow me to explore my options and understand my own desires. I’ve now switched careers and am so much happier in my life. Most importantly, it is obvious that this is not just a job to him; he genuinely and wholeheartedly cares about your wellbeing. I am very grateful and would absolutely recommend David to anyone who is looking for big or small changes in life.”Nick Crocetti,educator
“As someone who is familiar with coaching personally (both having coached and been coached), I can say confidently that David is on another level. He has a rare ability to connect the dots, ask the right (and often tough) questions no one else has thought to ask, and identify/unearth mental models and assumptions that often get in the way of growth. He is thoughtful, intuitive, and a huge asset to anyone looking to reach a deeper understanding of themselves and overcome roadblocks and limitations (whether self-imposed or otherwise). I always look forward to my sessions with David and walk away feeling energized, focused, and clear on what steps I need to take next.”Clare Lambert,freelance writer and artist