About Kim Stezala

CEO of The Society for Process Consulting, Senior Design Partner, and Education Team Member
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Kimberly Stezala, M.S., has devoted nearly 25 years to the nonprofit, education and business sectors in management, volunteer and founder roles. She is dedicated to educational access, specifically the pipeline to and through college.  She combines objective analysis with the power of process consulting to assists scholarship providers, youth agencies, college prep programs, colleges and universities, foundations and membership associations to improve outcomes.

As a process consultant, she is adaptive and adept at handling complex organizational change. 

Clients partner with Kim to create programs, develop strengths, measure impact and share results.  This is accomplished through strategic program planning, evaluation and improvement; outcomes monitoring and grant reporting; managing partnerships; and several student access and success projects.

The result is that clients are better equipped to achieve their desired impact and tell their story of success.

Kim also became the CEO of The Society for Process Consulting to create  a community for process consultants with  standards and ethics, coursework and credentials.

Personally, students and parents know Kim as The Scholarship Lady®, based on her role in helping students achieve their educational goals. She is the author of Scholarships 101: The Real-World Guide to Getting Cash for College published by HarperCollins Leadership.


Prior to joining Design Group International, Kim was an independent consultant for 12 years. She is also known as The Scholarship Lady® based on her expertise about scholarship programs.

Kim earned her bachelor's degree in Mass Communication/PR, master's degree in Urban Studies and certificate in Nonprofit Management all from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

She is a Leadership Coach, based on the International Coach Federation method, and  an Executive Process ConsultantTM through the Society for Process Consulting.