Kym A. Harris, Ed.D.

Dr. Harris is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Your SweetSpot™ Coaching and Consulting. Your SweetSpot Coaching and Consulting partners with organizations and their leaders to strengthen leadership capability and cultivate relationships that enhance the leader’s ability to influence, collaborate, motivate, and lead.

Dr. Harris is a board certified coach, speaker and author with expertise in executive coaching, leadership development, and career management strategies. Described as a “velvet hammer,” she utilizes a strategic and intuitive approach to guide clients out of their comfort zones in a way that minimizes discomfort and amplifies desired results. Along with coaching individuals and corporate clients, Dr. Harris also serves as a personal coach for the Kennesaw State University Coles Executive MBA and MBA Programs.

Dr. Harris’ 27-year career in Human Resources and Talent Development represents leadership and executive roles in higher education (University of Miami and Emory University), and corporate America (The Home Depot and Cox Enterprises).

Dr. Harris serves as a mentor in the Spelman College Coca Cola Leadership Mentor Program and volunteers with Emerge, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to support women who have demonstrated a deep commitment to reaching their educational goals and giving back to their communities. She also serves on the host committee for the Turknett Leadership Character Award.

Dr. Harris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Nova Southeastern University, and a Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from Argosy (pronounced R-GA-SEE) University.

Dr. Harris is originally from New Jersey and has enjoyed life in Atlanta for over twenty years. She is the proud auntie of four brilliant and beautiful nieces, Kalila, Zakiya, Sydni, and Adeera.


The Issue of Competence – More than Performance

A View From The Top
Chapter 11: The Issue of Competence – More than Performance
“Smart or Effective? Opting for the latter may actually cement the former” —Marshall Goldsmith
I remember the day clearly that my boss informed me that the CEO thought that I was incompetent. As I write this, I recall […]

Lessons from the Future – A Letter to My 25-year-old Self

The Young Professional Woman
Chapter 4: Lessons from the Future – A Letter to My 25-year-old Self
Dearest Kim,

I have learned that reflection is a powerful thing. I do not take
enough time for it because life is so busy. I had an inkling of what the
future had in store, but could never […]

The Gift of Feedback – A Strategy for Success

Breaking The Barriers
Chapter 11 : The Gift of Feedback – A Strategy for Success
I can remember the first time my manager introduced me to the concept of feedback. She used these words, “Feedback is a gift.” My response was something like “yeah, right…” The thought of getting feedback from my […]

Keynotes, Speaking, and Workshop Facilitation

Dr. Harris’ keynotes and workshop facilitation emphasize the importance of Emotional Intelligence as a career management strategy in leadership development initiatives, and as a tool to strengthen executive presence. Her speaking engagements include the Kimberly Clark Corporation Compass Award Program, the American Association of Blacks in Energy, Corporate Council Women of Color Conference, the Black Enterprise Women of Power Conference, Women in Foodservice Forum Annual Leadership Conference , Lockheed Martin Annual Women’s Conference, Produce Marketing Association Women’s Leadership Conference, NBMBA (Atlanta Chapter), Women In Technology (WIT) Executive Readiness Program, NAAAHR (Atlanta Chapter), Time Warner Cable (TWC) Mentoring Program Executive Speaker Series, Time Warner Cable (TWC) Leadeship Development Program, International Interior Design Association (Atlanta Chapter), The Coca-Cola Company Global Business Services, Turknett Leadership Group – Women in Leadership (WIL), WellPoint Healthcare Systems, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Annual Leadership Conference, Popeye’s Women’s Leadership Forum, and WellsFargo Emerging Leader Mentor Program.

Dr. Harris is a dynamic keynote speaker who shares her personal and professional life lessons through colorful, humorous, and moving stories that entertain and impart powerful lessons about work and life. She is available to deliver conference keynotes, facilitate conference breakout sessions and workplace workshops and webinars.


I have received nothing but OUTSTANDING feedback about your workshop. Thank you for sharing your skills and talents with the women of the BWLC.
Yetta Toliver, Conference Chair, Black Women's Leadership Council, Xerox
You are a great presenter. You have great poise and confidence and you make connecting with strangers look easy.
Diana Younts, WIT Forum member
Dr. Kym Harris has years of experience as a leader in human resources and solid academic credentials as well, but what makes her most effective as a leadership development professional is her powerful presence. When Kym presents before a group she is all there, and her honesty and vulnerability, combined with her knowledge and competence, create an extraordinary developmental experience for the audience. It is impossible to grow until you can see yourself clearly, and Kym both tells us and shows us how to do that. She understands the unique challenges women and particularly women of color face, but she also goes far beyond that to speak to each of us as human beings – and helps us all be more humble and more courageous.
Lyn Turknett, President, Turknett Leadership Group
I would like to thank you for an amazing presentation on Saturday. The mothers who attended cannot stop talking about your presentation and how inspired they are. You were right on target and delivered exactly what we wanted in a keynote speaker for the event. You are amazing at what you do and a wonderful role model.
Cheree N. Rumley, V.P. Programs, North Suburban Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of American, Inc.
Dr. Kym Harris is a consummate professional and one of the best speakers I’ve heard and I’ve heard a lot! In a recent women’s leadership seminar with an audience of over 60 business executives and professionals, she made a flawless presentation. I was extremely impressed with everything about her presentation – including the rich content and her ability to connect with the audience through real world examples. But perhaps the most impressive of all is Kym’s authenticity as a person, and how she integrates her own story of growth and development as a leader, demonstrating both personal vulnerability as well as true character.
Susan Hitchcock, Advisory Board at Turknett Leadership Group

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