Institute Fellow

Anna Giraldo-Kerr

CEO & Founder, Shades of Success

Anna helps clients and their organizations navigate change and inspires leaders into action in light of uncertainty and inequity.

As an executive coach and facilitator, Anna partners with those who want to strengthen their competence as inclusive and equitable mentors and leaders. Her expertise resides at the intersection of leadership development, innovation, and cultural competence. In this capacity, she helps clients navigate leadership and management challenges through the exploration and understanding of individual and organizational mindsets, biases, and assumptions.

Anna is bilingual in Spanish and lives west of Boston, MA with her husband and their son. In her spare time, she is learning to play the Cajón, a percussion instrument from her native Perú.

Professional Experience

Early in her career, Anna worked in the financial services, health care, and technology industries. As a technology analyst, her insights have been featured on CNN, CNBC, and PBS, and in The New York Times, the Investor’s Business Daily, and BusinessWeek.

In 2002, Anna started her own learning and development organization to leverage 20 years of professional experience in corporate America. Her portfolio of past and current clients includes organizations from higher education, financial services, technology, non-profit, federal agencies, and biopharma. As a leadership and inclusion thought leader, her expertise has been featured in El Planeta, Color Magazine, The Diversity Factor, the New Diversity Summit, and The Huffington Post. Anna co-authored two articles on gender microinequities and bystander training in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender.

Anna’s commitment to foster inclusion and equity through effective leadership goes beyond her professional sphere. She has served as advisor and board member to numerous organizations dedicated to the empowerment of women and underrepresented groups. In 2006, her editorial commentary on immigration and education was awarded national recognition at the First National Ethnic Media Awards in Washington D.C. In June 2020 she co-founded The Lived Experiences Project, a grassroots initiative to collect stories of racism and identity-based discrimination in the town of Needham, MA to influence systemic change. Most recently, the Newton/Needham Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized Anna as one of the 50 Most Influential Business People of Color in the Boston MetroWest area.