Demi Gray, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant

Demi has coached executives and worked with leaders and board members across diverse industries and to include healthcare, technology, retail, logistics, manufacturing, security and transportation. She has led the operations of Human Resources and People initiatives to include organizational development, change management, project management, workforce management, M&A, talent management and strategic planning. Her background has given her the experience and relatability to effectively coach leaders at many career levels. Demi has been recognized by her clients and leaders as energetic, engaging, and for creating collaborative and productive work environments that promotes the value and business objectives of organizations. In addition to quickly assessing opportunities, identifying gaps and creating roadmaps for individual and organizational success. Demi has the ability to establish frameworks aimed to improve communications across all levels during adverse and disruptive times. Demi’s key focuses and areas of concentration includes workplace culture and engagement, neuropsychology, motivational drivers, measuring success through metrics, process improvement, and professional and leadership development.


Career Highlights

  • Consulting Firm: Coached and assessed leaders using 360’s, EQ-i and Clifton Strength Finders to prepare them for promotional and executive opportunities. Led the development of a high-potential performance management model, which provided visibility to organizational leaders and the board of HiPo team members identified as bench strength. Worked with business owners and leaders to source capital for organizational growth and expansion.
  • Healthcare Organization: Developed an employee engagement model for managers and executives, resulting in a 37% increase in employee retention and eNPS average of 8.
  • Large Service Industry Firm: Coached regional managers in a train-the-coach model to leverage performance management best practices, resulting in full adoption of the process across the organization
  • Fortune 500 Retail Firm: Developed succession planning model resulting in 40% increase in internal promotions.
  • Technology Organization: Partnered with highly valued programmers’ to develop a propriety payroll and benefits solutions made available to U.S clients as an outsourced HRIS platform.

Areas of Specialization

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Competency Development
  • Clifton Strengths Finder
  • Building Trust
  • Employee Engagement
  • Organizational Development
  • Change Management
  • Negotiations
  • 360 Assessment and Advisory
  • Leadership Expansion
  • Leadership and Professional Development Coaching
  • Conflict Resolution

Unique Attributes

  • Ph.D., Industrial & Organizational Psychologist
  • Masters in Human Resources Management
  • Masters in Psychology
  • Bachelors of Science
  • Served as a Graduate Assistant in Behavioral Science at Capella University
  • Certified in Predictive Index Behavioral and Cognitive Assessments
  • Certified in EQ-I 2.0
  • Affiliations: Society of Leadership Success, Society of Human Resources Management, Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, International Honor Society in Psychology, American Management Association, American Psychological Association
  • Hobbies

    I enjoy international travel, reading, researching, working out, watching movies with my family, and designing of any kind.

  • Food

    I like Thai, Sea Bass, Private Selection Slow Roasted Pecans with Sea Salt, Oatmeal, carb-light fish tacos, avocados, and most sugar-free selections

  • Band

    I enjoy listening to R&B, Jazz, classical, alternative and hip hop music

  • Movie

    I love all things thriller, suspense and horror. And a good action movie is great if it’s sustained throughout the film.

  • Super Power

    Intuitive, affirming, and an advocate.

  • TV Show

    The Last of Us, The Last Kingdom, and any show on HGTV

  • Book

    I read a lot and love all things John Maxwell, Stephen Covey, Jim Collins, Ken Blanchard, James Patterson, and Carol Dweck’s Mindset.

  • Quote

    “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Consultant Insights

  • My ideal client is someone [an organization] that:

    Who understands they have the potential and ability to be successful in their pursuit to develop themselves, and their team.

  • The highlight of my career so far has been:

    There are many, but I would have to say the first highlight looking back would be authoring my first leadership and employee engagement book, and secondly, developing coaching framework for leaders.

  • My superpower as a coach is:

    That I am highly intuitive, and I am an instinctive problem solver.

  • My philosophy on life is:

    “Treat others as you want to be treated.” The Golden Rule.

  • I hope my legacy is one of:

    Influencing and affirming self-actualization and professional development of leaders and aspiring professionals through developmental paths aimed to achieve their goals and acquire their version of success.