Greg Meissen | Coach
Greg Meissen is a scientist and storyteller. From that foundation he shaped his identity as a coach.
As a scientist, Greg constantly collects data to prove his hypothesis that coaching in alignment with KLC’s powerful leadership framework yields positive return on investment. His positive psychology background means Greg encourages the best in everyone. He challenges Lead for Change participants and Leadership Transformation Grant partners to be brave and act experimentally. With Greg as your coach you will drive toward progress.
When it comes to storytelling, Greg is every bit as interested in listening as he’s good at telling. His well-timed coaching questions help you discover what leadership looks like in your story and how the KLC principles contribute to your growth and success. Greg got involved with the KLC at the very beginning and found his niche with coaching because, in his words, “Coaching is where the stuff of leadership happens.”
Greg holds an ACC credential from the International Coach Federation and is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Wichita State University. Greg’s work with Kansas nonprofits, businesses, coalitions, community and faith-based organizations focuses on capacity building and sustainability from a leadership framework. While at WSU he co-founded and directed the Community Psychology PhD Program and taught community leadership and organizational development. He served on the faculty of the Harvard School of Medicine and the Surgeon General’s Council on Public Health. In 1985, Greg founded the Self-Help Network grew into the WSU Community Engagement Institute, which he directed until 2008.
Dr. Meissen has received over 30 million in grant funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, Kansas Health Foundation, Administration for Children and Families, WT Grant Foundation, SAMSHA and other Kansas and national funders for projects focused on organizational development and community building. His published articles have appeared in scientific journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Community Psychology, Psychiatric Services and Social Work. A native Kansan, Greg is a Kansas Health Foundation Leadership Fellow and has been awarded the Kansas Leadership Award.
“I enjoy life,” says Greg. “I never miss a morning walk with my wife and jump at every opportunity to be with my children and grandkids. Being outdoors is good for me. I am an early riser, love good coffee, good books, good people and coaching.”
Credentials: PhD, ACC