Kristen Liesch, PhD
Kristen is the principal at Blue Switch Consulting.
Kristen’s unique academic background informs her methodology which combines practices and theories from the social sciences, education and interdisciplinary humanities. She has partnered with organizations across a range of industries to improve organizational structure, productivity and cohesion. National non-profit, health care and educational institutions have benefited from Kristen’s ability to identify gaps and implement effective solutions.
Kristen has facilitated professional development seminars, conducted targeted focus groups, trained in counselling and coached in critical thinking skills. She is a thought-leader in her community and her personal influence has led to positive change. Kristen has been recognized for her strength of character, passion, dedication and tenacity. Her commitment to excellence and integrity provides the foundation for Blue Switch Consulting’s purpose.
Kristen is a former educator and academic lauded for her ability to distil complex theories and systems into comprehensive and actionable messaging. Kristen’s engaging writing has been published in peer-reviewed academic texts, and can also be found in trade journals and wellness magazines. She has presented at a number of international academic conferences and also speaks to community groups.
Kristen is a classically-trained pianist, a bibliophile, and an amateur veggie grower. She has driven motorbikes, run half-marathons, climbed mountains and jumped from 30-metre cliffs. She once stuccoed a Navajo hogan in the desert near Tuba City, Arizona.
Cathy O'Shea, MA, BA, DipGradT
COMMUNITY INFLUENCER, REAL ESTATE AGENT, HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND
"Kristen is an exceptionally accomplished academic who brings a wealth of experience to her position. Thoughtful, insightful, highly intelligent and extremely personable she possesses the rare skill set of deep knowledge, excellent social skills, empathy and strong business drive. I know Kristen will excel in her endeavours as she is extremely talented and I wish her every success and look forward to following her progress.
Sales & operations coordinator, actualtechmedia.com, calgary, canada
"Kristen is a down-to-earth presenter that builds a bridge with her audience rather than creates a divide, which happens with a fair amount of speakers. She presents the truth in a very relatable, personable and authentic way. Her passion on gender equity is communicated through her love of bringing awareness!"
EDUCATIONAL LEADER, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
"Kristen’s skills and expertise are such that I hired her on the spot and would do so again in a heartbeat. She is a delightful person, she brought fresh ideas and new perspectives to our organization, and she dedicated herself 100% to our success. Kristen is totally trustworthy and can be counted on for her integrity."
FORMER NZ POET LAUREATE, CURATOR (ASIA SOCIETY HONG KONG CENTRE), AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
"I found Kristen Liesch’s intelligence, energy and critical sharpness to be invaluable while she worked with me in a demanding creative environment. She was an unflappable and dependable manager of demanding schedules. In addition her empathy and courteous social skills were always helpful in maintaining a congenial and productive culture. Would welcome her on the team again."
Dr. Erin Carlston
PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
"Kristen may be the best-organized, most self-directed person I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. She knows how to take criticism on-board and can execute requested changes promptly, without fuss. You’ll find that she manages time superbly, never misses a deadline, and stays professional and even-tempered under pressure.”
Dr. Grant Larson
PROFESSOR EMERITUS, THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY, KAMLOOPS, CANADA
“Kristen demonstrates professionalism in all her work, and brings integrity and honesty to the values she holds most dear. Kristen is passionate about, and dedicated to, gender equality and diversity, and carries a strong commitment to social justice in all professional and personal activities. I highly recommend Kristen’s services to any organization that wishes to create equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.”