People Over Profits


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When you engage Gratus Connecting, you enter an exciting domain, gain a thought-partner to challenge your ideals and beliefs, experience breakthrough insights, raise levels of consciousness, and shift perspectives.

Get comfortable being uncomfortable.

We provide executive evolution and leadership development, growth engagements, collaborative facilitation (G.R.I.T. Dream Teams), and creative strategic visioning for People-Over-Profit focused executives and organizations.

Gratus Connecting is fueled by G.R.I.T. (Gratitude, Resilience, Integrity, Transformation) and is committed to making extraordinary shift happen.  We focus on maximizing leaders through unapologetic authenticity and challenging the status quo, and we strive for individual and organizational awareness, alignment and action.

"The secret to having it all is knowing you already do." 

A message from Kiana...

After over a decade in corporate consulting, observing and serving guarded leaders and employees who simply wanted to feel engaged, safe and challenged, I knew I needed to expand my reach beyond the civil engineering industry. I wanted to know what happens when we focus on the strengths of humans to stimulate personal and group excellence outside of one area, and seek to transform something strong into something resilient - starting with leaders serving and building People-Over-Profit organizations. I am intrigued by the unique qualities of individuals and love observing the magic created when people feel heard and seen with empathy and compassion.  My vision is to create a brave, safe container for diverse CXO-level leaders to generate power (through courage and a willingness to own opportunities to push forward a  paradig shift from profit-centric to human-centric organizations, beginning with a microscosm of internal disruption and challnege, ultimately creating a "whole" that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Connecting, challenging and serving innovative, driven leaders who want extraordinary shift in their lives, organizations and communities sets my soul on fire. We are all in choice and anything is possible.

I follow my excitement relentlessly and want to know what exCITEs (Challenges, Inspires, Teaches, and Empowers) you!



Why G.R.I.T.?

In it's simplest form, G.R.I.T. is about passion and perseverance. It is what lights our souls on fire.

It is the drive that keeps us moving; to fail and fall forward, get back up and strive for extraordinary shift,

from the inside out.  

At Gratus Connecting, G.R.I.T. also translates into four core serving principles.

“There are three constants in life – change, choice and principles.” Stephen Covey

Gratitude: Finding and appreciating the gift in every experience.

Resilience: Choosing how we respond and recover from failure with agility; adaptating with positivity.

Integrity: Speaking and practicing our values, in a whole, undivided state.

Transformation: Experiencing recurring shifts in perspective resulting in change and growth.

G.R.I.T., People-Over-Profit (POP) focused decisions, and a promise to shifting paradigms will align with futuristic executives serving tomorrow's organizations.  

When leaders demonstrate a willingness to grow, and embrace courage and vulnerability in the face of fear and uncertainty, these traits are modeled and empower future leaders to do the same.

If you see opportunities in challenges, possess a desire to rise above, need to break free from limiting beliefs, and understand the true gift and service of leadership, Gratus Connecting will align with you. Together we connect to creatively work through challenges and opportunities, build and sustain POP centered companies, accelerate personal and professional growth, hone leadership super-powers, and improve all human interactions.


To be gritty is to resist complacency.”

― Angela Duckworth

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