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Learning and Leadership Strategist & Executive Coach, Founding Partner, Holliday | Kenning 



Dr. Trish Holliday is a dynamic human resources leader who is passionate about learning. Trish believes in a culture that promotes engagement, encourages retention, and provides continuous learning and leadership development for all employees, ultimately positioning the organization as a learning organization.

Dr. Holliday’s commitment and passion for helping professionals reach their greatest potential is rooted in her experience as an adult educator and certified executive coach and her early years in full-time ministry as a missionary in Tennessee Appalachia. As a successful change agent, facilitator, and storyteller, she is often asked by executive leaders to undertake complex problem-solving opportunities by bringing people together and helping them discover innovative solutions, and develop the leaders needed to execute.

Trish is a speaker and workshop facilitator at the local, national, and international level. She serves on various non-profit and academic boards and enjoys giving back to the community. As an alum of Young Leaders of Nashville, Leadership Tennessee, and Leadership Middle Tennessee, Trish has always had a passion for non-profits and is a founding board member of the non-profit organization, Impact Nashville.

As the state of Tennessee’s first Chief Learning Officer, Trish was recognized by Governing Magazine as being instrumental in the successful transformation of the state workforce. She drove change through continuous improvement, leadership development and employee learning at the macro and micro levels. Trish designed the LEAD Tennessee program to create a sustainable platform for talent retention and succession planning in government. She led strategic planning and talent development for state executives in all three branches of government.
As an award-winning leader, Trish was the cover feature in the 2019 March issue of the national Chief Learning Officer Magazine. She was named one of the 2019 Women of Influence by the Nashville Business Journal. Trish received the Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award in honor of a lifetime of outstanding contributions toward the improvement of public human resources management by IPMA- HR.

As an adjunct professor at Lipscomb University, Trevecca University, and University of Memphis, Trish teaches undergraduates to doctoral students in areas like Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Human Resources Leadership and Management, Organizational Culture, Organizational Behavior, Personal Leadership Development, and Understanding Management.
From her days in the ministry, Appalachian missionary field, and her work in government, Doc Holliday has found enormous delight in helping people become their best selves and organizations to reach optimal performance.