Certified Professional Coach

Kira Swanson

About Kira Swanson

I have been a coach specializing in career satisfaction and leadership for the past nine years.

I have a PhD from Saybrook University and an MBA from Duke University plus fifteen years’ experience at American Express and Discover Financial Services holding roles like Director of Customer Experience, Senior Manager of Professional Development, and Project Manager of Service Engineering.

I have worked with leaders from Google, Disney, Ford, Meta, Walgreens, Amazon, Microsoft, the US Army and Air Force, and Bank of America as well as dozens of smaller companies and entrepreneurs as well.

My passion in coaching is mindset and I am constantly adding dimensionality to my mindset practices by studying consciousness, Positive Psychology, limiting beliefs, and cognitive biases. My coaching embraces a unique combination of science-backed practices and ancient wisdom to help individuals transform their relationship with their work so that they can derive greater satisfaction, a sense of contribution, and generally thrive at work. I have coaching certifications from Coach Training Alliance, the Life Coach School, and Positive Intelligence and additional credentials from Caroline Myss as an Archetypal Consultant and by Byron Katie at the School for the Work.


  • PhD in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University, 2015
  • MBA from Duke University, 1997
  • BA, Psychology from Carleton College, 1990


  • Coach: Executive, Career Satisfaction, Writing (2015 – Present)
  • Discover Financial Services: 7 years as Senior Manager, Professional Development and Director, Customer Experience
  • American Express: 8 years as Director, Manager, Project Manager of Service Engineering


  • Certified Coach, Coach Training Alliance, 2004
  • Archetypal Pattern Analyst, Assisi Institute, 2004
  • Immunity to Change, 2011
  • Art of Developmental Coaching, 2015
  • Archetypal Consultant, Caroline Myss Education, 2017
  • Byron Katie’s School for the Work, 2018
  • Positive Intelligence, 2024
  • Professional Leader of Business Relationships, 2024