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About Coach with Grace

Learn more about our Executive Team Members Grace Hao and Nicki Keohohou

GRACE HAO

Certified Business Coach (CBC) and Accredited by the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC)

Professional Experience

  • Certified Business Coach with more than 20 years of experience.
  • Business owner and corporate executive.
  • Proven effective facilitator, professional speaker, and writer.
  • Coach and train in a variety of global markets, e.g., USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Caribbean.
  • Co-Author of several Best Selling Books including, Build it Big, More Build it Big, and Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire.

Personal Life

  • Wife & Mother
  • Enjoying life as an entrepreneur
  • Grateful to be living in the islands…Hawaii

NICKI KEOHOHOU

Speaker, (WABC) Worldwide Association of Business Coaches Certified Business Coach, Best-Selling Author, CEO and Co-Founder of the Direct Selling World Alliance and Coach Excellence School

Professional Experience

Nicki Keohohou began her career as a teacher and has been an entrepreneur most of her life..  She built successful businesses, held executive positions in the US and an international company.  She has spoken at conventions around the world and consulted to hundreds of companies.

Nicki is a Certified Business Coach through the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches.  She is also a best-selling author, international speaker, and has received numerous awards such as: Top 30 Female Entrepreneurs in America, Top 25 Entrepreneurs in Hawaii and National Advocate of the Year for Working Mothers.

TESTIMONIALS

It is always such a privilege when Grace Hao is a guest speaker at our Norwex Conferences, events and trainings.  Grace is someone who shares her message with our Consultants, Leaders and Sales Team with such wisdom, passion, humor, and well … grace!  Whether she is teaching in-person or in a virtual environment, she has the group completely engaged and involved in her message.  She also takes the time to get to know the audience she will be presenting to and is invested in how she can make the biggest impact with what she will be sharing.  Every time we have had Grace speak with our team, we get rave reviews and requests for her to share again.  She has become part of our Norwex family!

Kathy Mitchell

Vice President of Sales and Operations Integration, Norwex

I have been taking virtual courses on Zoom from Nicki Keohohou for the past several months.  I hesitated to register for the courses as I had an accident several years ago and had a traumatic brain injury.  I knew that it would be difficult to be in a classroom for a long period of time and stay alert and learning.

 I had a conversation with Nicki and she assured me that due to the way she teaches and the design of the curriculum that I would be able to participate and learn.  She was right! 

The following are factors in how her teaching sticks:

  • The use of all learning modalities – kinesthetic, auditory and visual.
  • Her training skills – variance of pace, voice, humor, stories, etc.
  • The compelling content, accompanying materials and visual aids.
  • Her understanding of behavioral styles of the students and how she adjusts to their needs.

Nicki’s engaging approach makes everything she teaches easy to comprehend and apply. I will continue to take courses from her and am happy to recommend her.

Barbara Wagoner

Director of Sales

I would highly recommend working with Grace Keohohou Hao, Coach with Grace, LLC, as anexcellent resource for your Coaching, Facilitation and Leadership Development Training needs.

The Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL) has collaborated on numerousoccasions with Coach with Grace, LLC. As the only Women’s Business Center in Hawaii, with the sole Women’s Leadership Program in the state, it is imperative that we align our center with exemplary coaching and facilitation. Grace Hao has always provided the highest level of integrity, reliability and quality in the leadership development trainings she has facilitated for MCBL. Her presentation style is consistently engaging, thoughtful and relevant to current leadership topics in the workplace. Without exception, every session has not only met, but exceeded my expectations.

Should you decide to do business with Coach with Grace, LLC, I believe that you will be
completely satisfied with the quality of their work, attention to detail and their commitment to excellence.

Colleen McAluney

Director, Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership

One of the biggest spurts of growth I have experienced in my career can be attributed to Grace. Grace helped me identify areas that were meaningful and important to me and help elevate my thinking and communication skills in a way I had never imagined possible. Working in non-profit isn’t always easy as we’re always making asks of the community, but through Grace’s coaching, I learned how to effectively illustrate how partnering through a shared goal would not only be beneficial to the communities our non-profits serve, but to their organization as well. Grace helped me set goals that were attainable and she offered clarity in my messaging. Another thing Grace is extremely skilled at is showing gratitude and that is very important to me. Not only does it show in her interactions but it is also reflected in her coaching techniques which I am able to use in my day to day. It has made a big difference as my connections with those I interact with are deeper. I feel like a new and improved version of myself after my time with Grace. I walk away excited to use the tools and techniques because the positive impacts are immediate. I feel honored our paths have crossed because I feel more confident going into meetings and presentations. Not only is my time used more efficiently, so is the person’s I am interacting with. My conversations have been more fruitful and positive because of what I’ve learned from Grace. She is so engaging and knows how to make every second count. I find myself in a constant state of reflection, frequently reverting back to our conversations and thinking about how I can apply the skills I’ve learned from her. I am so appreciative for what I’ve learned and feel the sky is the limit with Grace. Mahalo!

Beverly Santos

Director of Food Drive & Events, Hawaii Food Bank

The day-of the event, Grace not only arrived early to greet our attendees, it was like she had known us forever. That special rapport allowed our constituents to achieve trust and candor in a very short period of time, freeing us all to absorb Grace’s engaging skills and expertise. Course content was a valuable blend of theory and practical tools, techniques and role play. The session was fun, high energy and the evaluations were stellar. The only negative feedback we received was not having more time!

As busy professionals with many demands on our time, it is often easy to make excuses of why there is not enough time and resources to sharpen our coaching and leadership skills. Grace is able to cut through those barriers and inspire leaders to be our best versions of ourselves through the art and technique of coaching.

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Dena Jenson, Director

Director, Center for Nonprofit Leadership, California Lutheran University

The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii works with Grace as a guest speaker for business related events, conferences, seminars and more.

She is such a gem, that we go out of our way to create events just for her to speak at!  She has the ability to capture a large crowd’s attention and simultaneously, make every single person feel like she is talking directly to them.  She has the unique ability to connect on a personal and professional level, where attendees leave empowered to be better individuals both in their professions and in their personal lives. 

The ultimate professional, she arrives early and prepared, has reached out to attendees in advance, greets guests upon arrival and makes small talk until the event officially begins.  The content of her presentations are applicable to all demographics of business and career levels, and she is able to explain complex concepts for all in attendance to understand and apply.  At the last two events that she spoke at, we had a sold-out crowd.  Grace, overall, is one of our favorite speakers and it is truly a pleasure to know her and work with her.

Tricia Fetui

Director of Events and Executive Director of the Young Professionals Program, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

The day was especially rewarding for me and my team because of Grace’s engaging style and knowledge of our sector’s opportunities and challenges. We left recharged with lots of takeaways to integrate into each day to make sure we are successful and our board members and donors feel valued. 

Catherine Kort

Director of Fund Development and Marketing, Interface Children & Family Services

Grace is a bright, resourceful trainer and educator who cares deeply for people and is very skilled at facilitating learning. These skills are obvious when observing as she teaches in many settings. Grace is one of those special people who can connect with people and facilitate their learning using a variety of learning strategies. She has that rare ability to put theory into practice in an entertaining, practical, and useful  manner. Grace is extremely well prepared and thought out in presenting concepts. She scaffolds instruction, systematically addressing the learning concepts involved.

She has a love of learnin and sharing with others. I believe she is driven to serve and learn from those she teaches, so they grow and develop their ability and skills. I have had the privilege of workin with many trainers and educators in my career, including at the high school and university level. I would rate Grace in the top 1% of educators and trainers I have ever observed.

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John Hackett, Ed.D.

Adjunct Professor, University of St. Francis

Island Style Innovations is a full-service Destination Management Company servicing the five major Hawaiian Islands. We manage services within the island for mainland companies bringing corporate incentive group programs to Hawaii. Services include airport greetings, transportation, activities, restaurants, gifts, audio visual production, entertainment, catering, and event décor.

In fall of 2019 we were looking for a speaker for our annual company retreat. Grace came highly
recommended to us and we obtained her services. Her attention to detail and passion is second to none. She got right in with our staff and we got to work. They quickly responded to Grace and walked away with valuable practices to effectively communicate with our clients and within our organization.

Earlier this year we moved from working in the office to working at home. To keep employee moral up we invited speakers weekly to engage and encourage team members. Grace was able to lift spirits while infusing some very helpful tips to stay focused, positive, and productive.

Recently we created a series of live interactive segments for our mainland customers. We have included Grace as one of our top speakers. She will be offering topics that highlight presentation skills, how to avoid self-sabotage, and effective coaching strategies.

Grace is an innovator, a partner, and a friend. Without question, we would recommend her in any
capacity.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you should need further information regarding our
experience with Grace.

Colleen Reyes

Partner, Island Style Innovations

Do you have an interest in hosting a training event for your team?

Please reach out to us at grace@coachwithgrace.com!