Faculty Member

“People often do not consider their words or the impact they could have on others.”

Ron Kitchens

Leadership Architect & Creator of Great Teams

CEO of Southwest Michigan First & Author of “Uniquely You”

Ron’s mission is to lift up leaders and communities by accelerating their impact, influence, and well-being. Ron is the senior partner and chief executive officer of Southwest Michigan First, a social impact, economic consulting firm, which has grown compounded revenue at 20% annually during his 15 years as chief executive officer.

Ron is the founder of the leadership conference Catalyst University and the co-founder of Consultant Connect (C2), a global economic development consulting firm.

Ron and his teams have been extensively featured in national and international media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, USA Today, Forbes, The Economist and National Public Radio. Southwest Michigan First has been recognized by Best and Brightest Companies, Wall Street Journal, Inc. and Outside Magazines as one of the best companies to work for in America.

Ron is author/co-author of three books, including the bestsellers Uniquely You and Community Capitalism, and speaks globally on leadership; how to create thriving, engaged, multi-generational teams; and entrepreneurial cultures. His podcast is available at ronkitchens.com.