About Us


STRIVE! started in the same place you may be right now. In 1995, we were more than a little frustrated. It seemed like everywhere we looked there was a glaring lack of leadership by boards and executive teams to create effective change. Even worse, resources for those who wanted help were scarce. So, in 1995, we committed to pursue practical wisdom for leaders, and to walk alongside those who want to engage for change in their organizations... and we called it STRIVE!.

In 2006, The Imperfect Board Member, authored by Jim Brown, quickly topped Amazon's charts and remains one of the top governance bestsellers of all time. The fable-style book for boards has been lauded both by those new to governance and by seasoned directors and CEOs.

The name of our consulting firm is based on our belief that striving for excellence is an important guiding principle for all organizations, including ours. Our passion and commitment is that leaders will lead so that organizations may succeed.

Our Consultants & Coaches

Downloadable PDF biographies are beside each name.

Ralph Kikkert
Jim Brown
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Margot Thompson
Mary Lynn McPherson
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Kyle Neilson

Our Staff

Amanda Bouwmeester

Executive Assistant 226.979.0861