Danessa Knaupp

Danessa Knaupp

Executive Presence | Strategic Thinking

Location: Richmond, VA
Language(s): English, Spanish

Passionate about coaching, leading, and super-charging strategy and process, Danessa Knaupp consistently enables clients to deliver results grounded in authenticity. By empowering people to bring life and energy to the constant change swirling in today’s corporate environments, Danessa supports executives and teams as they create value and operate with purpose.

Danessa uses a practical, behavioral coaching approach to explore leaders’ potential. Aware of the organizational culture and systems surrounding the client, she co-creates targeted, simple practices to increase effectiveness and deepen impact. Danessa’s trademark candor, compassion and humor enable leaders to achieve their full, unlimited potential.

During Danessa’s 20+ years as both a senior corporate leader and an entrepreneur, she successfully navigated the same challenges her clients face, from managing a P&L in a tough, ever-changing economic environment, to leading a national sales force to prominence. Danessa has founded and successfully run three separate companies. She’s navigated start up complexities, the double-edged sword of exponential growth, and operational issues of scale and delivery. Danessa brings that breadth of experience to her client work through engagements with KPMG, AmerisourceBergen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Raymond James, Macy’s, BlackRock, Chemours, Novo Nordisk, Hannon Armstrong, and Nordstrom.

Leveraging her expertise as a senior leader, entrepreneur, and executive coach, she provides highly effective coaching in leadership development, team performance enhancement, strategy development and execution, and change management. Shifting the global conversation on leadership, Danessa’s work spans a variety of industries and continents. She has deep experience in financial services, sales, operations, professional services, and non-profit sectors. Danessa is certified in Leadership Coaching by Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, and she holds the PCC credential from the International Coach Federation and is proficient with various assessments, including Hogan, TetraMap, and AIIR TE. Danessa is also the author of Naked at Work: A Leader’s Guide to Fearless Authenticity, an Amazon Best-Seller.


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