Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D.
President and Founder
Kittie W. Watson is President and founder of Innolect Inc., a global leadership and organization development firm that prepares executives and their teams to succeed in high-performance, high-integrity workplaces. With over twenty-five years of strategic change management experience, Kittie has been a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 C-suite officers seeking to accelerate positive business results today and create legacies of excellence for the future.
Under her leadership, Kittie has developed a community of credentialed experts and executive coaches who advise, design and facilitate strategies that rewire an organization and drive outstanding leadership at each stage of executive advancement. She brings a deep appreciation for the challenges faced by executives in high-stakes settings and works exceptionally well with mission-critical business needs.
Focused on creating more inclusive cultures, she quickly sizes up the crux of difficult situations and provides leaders with powerful solutions that pay off for themselves and their stakeholders. She has worked with top leadership teams of Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, government agencies and non-profit organizations.
An international communication and listening expert, she was the youngest Department Chair at Tulane University. Author of 16 books, Kittie is listed as one of the top 25 most prolific women writers in communication. Her co-authored book, Listen Up!, has been published in eight languages and been featured on ABC’s 20/20. Her research has been published in Harvard Business Review, People + Strategy, American Medical News, SHRM, Chief Learning Officer and Journal of Christian Nursing to name a few.
A recognized business leader, recent awards include being named a WBE Who Rocks by MBE Magazine, Top 100 woman-owned business, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses scholar and as a Business Star by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Also recognized with the Diversity Supplier Award for Innolect’s persistence, innovation and quality.
She serves on the WaterStone Foundation, The Edge Connection for Microenterprises, Vetted Heroes boards and Leadership Forum with WBENC. She co-founded The Institute for Intrapersonal Processes (ISIP), a 501c3 nonprofit that promotes research and development for under-represented groups and underprivileged individuals. An Honorary Women Build Chair and CEO Build Sponsor for Habitat for Humanity, Kittie is an advocate for social justice issues worldwide. She worked with Duke University to offer more extensive pain-management options for women with breast cancer as well as with “Mothering across Continents” in South Africa, Women for Women and The Trampled Rose NGO organizations in Ethiopia.
Marley Bollinger, MSW, LCSW, LMC
Senior Consultant, Executive Coach
Marley Bollinger has a passion for partnering with leaders and their teams to discover the “more” of who they are. Her special interest is in the developmental journey of leaders and facilitating progress from their current stage to the next growing edge on their leadership trajectory. She is honored to work with leaders who commit to tap their own depths of strength to grow and be a catalyst for their teams to transform organizations. She partners with leaders to translate their vision and what they care about most into realized outcomes.
Marley is an Executive Coach and is actively involved in coaching women-owned businesses, given her personal entrepreneurial experience, which was the subject of a Harvard Business School case study. As a Certified Leadership Maturity Coach (LMC) she's certified to debrief the Harvard-tested Maturity Assessment Profile (the MAP) and coach leaders on their path of Vertical Development, where leaders expand their capacity to navigate complexity. Having completed the Two Year Post Graduate Practicum at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, she has a special interest in Polarity Work and each leader’s integrative process toward wholeness. Marley is also certified in the Myers-Briggs MBTI and MMTIC Personality Type assessment tools.
Marley is excited about working with leaders in change management, the group dynamics of culture change, inclusion and diversity, conflict resolution, effective listening and communication, and high performance team-building. Across varied industries, she’s led engagements in strategic planning, qualitative consumer research, new product innovations, and identification of competitive edge in new markets. She’s also served as facilitator of professional growth workshops for the University of Louisville Graduate School of Social Work and as an adjunct faculty member at Spalding College.
Marley has served on boards in higher education in the University of North Carolina system, on the Board of Trustees of St. Augustine's University, an HBCU in Raleigh, NC and as chair of the St. Augustine’s University Board Committee for Strategic Planning.
Jerry Fulmer, Senior Consultant and Supplier Diversity Practice Leader Innolect Inc., has over 30 years of expertise in procurement, managing human capital, as well as fostering corporate relationships with suppliers and contractors, area businesses, regulated entities as well as local and state governments. His strategic efforts within business communities facilitate proactive, mutually beneficial relationships with business advocacy groups as well as businesses owned and operated by women, minorities, veterans and service-disabled veterans.
With deep experience in the utility and energy industry, Jerry retired as Vice President of Supplier Diversity for WEC Energy Group, one of the nation’s largest electric generation and distribution and natural gas delivery holding companies in the Midwest. Under his leadership Jerry designed and implemented successful supplier diversity programs in six utility subsidiaries business units. He trained teams of employees how to achieve goals through better business and procurement practices. In addition, he played a key role in helping We Power, a Wisconsin Energy Corporation subsidiary, achieve the supplier diversity goals outlined in the corporation’s 10-year growth plan – Power the Future. Prior to WEC Energy Group, he worked with Progress Energy (now Duke Energy) and Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation (now National Grid) in business development and as a supervisory buyer.
His leadership has been nationally recognized. Jerry chaired the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) supplier diversity executive committee and acted as liaison to small businesses. He also was Chair of the North Central Minority Supplier Development Council.
His leadership and impact have been recognized by diverse supplier advocacy organizations across the United States. His national honors include being named one of America’s Top 100 Leaders in Corporate Supplier Diversity by Women’s Enterprise USA, Top 75 Leading Men in Corporate Supplier Diversity by MBN USA magazine, Outstanding Men of Minority Business Development, Minority Business News USA and Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Supplier Diversity Executive Committee Award. Regionally, his numerous awards throughout the Midwest include Supplier Diversity Lifetime Achievement Awards, Corporate Support and Excellence Awards.
Jerry earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. Now living in Raleigh, North Carolina, he serves on various local, state, regional and national committees that promote minority, women & veteran-owned business development and advocacy.