About Us

Our facilitation process and philosophy is the foundation of what we practice.

Leadership Inspirations was founded in 2006 as a fusion of a love for events and passion for leadership development.  A short time later, a great group of colleagues gathered to help fulfill that vision!  By focusing on creating programs where participants not only have the chance to learn, but practice and experience content, we increase the chances of this learning being implemented long term.


Our philosophy stems from our belief in using models founded in research, activities to address group dynamics, and challenging teams to action and accountability. In this way our programs facilitate complex problem solving through creative, intentional and interactive approaches with a focus on inspiring learning, leadership and service.

Meet our team.


Our staff of dedicated and passionate individuals combine for over 100 years of experience in leadership development.  Many of us got started just like our participants and held leadership positions throughout middle school, high school and in college!

We continue to love being able to follow this passion for leadership in our careers, while using our education and experience to drive personal and group development.  We do our best to practice what we preach and exemplify every day that leadership education is desired and needed everywhere!

Kim Hayashi

Kim Hayashi

Executive Director


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11 yrs at Leadership Inspirations (she’s the founder!). B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.

I love working with people and being able to help solve problems, but also being creative with ideas on setting up foundations & structure for success.

Quick Facts About Me: 1) I have a dog named Copper, 2) I’m an extreme extrovert and 3) I love sports (notably the Dodgers, Clippers and Trojans)!

Caelan Cooney

Caelan Cooney

Program Coordinator


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2 yrs with Leadership Inspirations. B.A. Integrated Education and B.S. Business Administration from Chapman University.

I love that leadership development is such a personal journey. There’s no ‘right’ way to facilitate or practice leadership, so figuring out what really resonates with people is what makes leadership development so fun and challenging!

Quick Facts About Me: 1) I’m from Oregon, 2) I have a horse named Rua and 3) I like to write short stories

Jayne Shim

Jayne Shim

Client Relationships


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9 yrs with Leadership Inspirations. B.A. in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University, M.A. in Leadership Development from Chapman University

I love leadership development because I believe this is what everyone needs to be successful in life, not just at work or school.

Quick Facts About Me: 1) I love Disney & the Dodgers,  2) I wear my flip flops when it rains and 3) I am a 3 time Fantasy Football Champion!

Kenna Cottrill

Kenna Cottrill

Curriculum & Staff Training


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10 yrs with Leadership Inspirations. Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Development.

I love leadership development because I believe we can solve the biggest and smallest problems we face, and thus create the world we want, when we work together.

Quick Facts About Me: 1) I was named after my grandfather, Ken, because I was the first grandchild in my mom’s family, 2) I have a 14 month old daughter and a husband of 10 years. My daughter has been the best teacher I have ever had because she has helped me see the world differently and helped me assess and live out my priorities and 3) I am an ENTJ.

Joe Pazmany

Joe Pazmany

Curriculum & Website Development


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10 yrs with Leadership Inspirations. Completing dissertation research for an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University.

Leadership is different for everyone and it is truly enjoyable helping each individual find their unique style, increase their personal influence, and develop as a person.

Quick Facts About Me: 1) Currently am the CEO of Innovade, a digital technology firm where I get to build new mobile app products as well as virtual reality platforms every day for work, 2) I enjoy fixing, restoring, and improving classic muscle cars and 3) Whenever I can learn a new skill or try a new activity, I jump at the chance.

Gino Calavitta

Gino Calavitta

Client Relationships


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6 years with Leadership Inspirations. B.S. Physiology and Neuroscience, Minor in American Sign Language from UC San Diego.

I love leadership development because there is always room for growth. Whether a first-time leadership student or a trained professional, there is always room for improvement!

Quick Facts About Me: 1) I have 4 brothers and 4 sisters, 2) My favorite TV series is Parks and Recreation and I quote it all the time and 3) I love baking! Cheesecakes are my favorite to make.