Company Leaders

Kirkpatrick Partners is the standard for leveraging and validating talent investments. The leadership team runs the U.S.-based global office and provides guidance for a network of international affiliates so professionals around the world can benefit from the value the Kirkpatrick Model provides. 

Wendy Kirkpatrick

President

Wendy Kayser Kirkpatrick is the President and Founder of Kirkpatrick Partners. As a global driving force of the use and implementation of the Kirkpatrick Model, Wendy leads companies to measurable success through training and evaluation.

Wendy’s results orientation stems from over two decades of business experience in retailing, marketing and training. She has held positions as a buyer, product manager, process manager and training manager, which leveraged her ability to organize complex, multifaceted projects and yield rapid results. As a training manager, she managed the training curriculum for 1500 sales and customer service representatives across North America.

Wendy and Jim Kirkpatrick have written four books, including Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation. They also served as the subject matter experts for the United States Office of Personnel Management’s Training Evaluation Field Guide: Demonstrating the Value of Training at Every Level.

Wendy is a recipient of the 2013 Emerging Training Leaders Award from Training Magazine.

Jim Kirkpatrick

Chief Vision Officer

Dr. Jim Kirkpatrick is co-owner of Kirkpatrick Partners. He is a visionary and an expert in training evaluation and the creator of the New World Kirkpatrick Model.

Using his 15 years of experience in the corporate world, including eight years as a training manager, Jim trains and consults for corporate, government, military and humanitarian organizations around the world. He is passionate about assisting learning professionals in redefining themselves as strategic business partners to become a viable force in the workplace.

Jim delivers lively keynote addresses and conducts workshops on topics including maximizing business results, creating powerful training and evaluation strategies, building and leveraging business partnerships and increasing the transfer of learning to on-the-job behaviors.

Jim co-authored three books with his father, Don Kirkpatrick, who is credited with creating the Kirkpatrick Model. He also has written four books with Wendy Kirkpatrick, including Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation and Training on Trial. Jim and Wendy also served as the subject matter experts for the United States Office of Personnel Management’s Training Evaluation Field Guide: Demonstrating the Value of Training at Every Level.

Kristi M. Simonsen

Business Manager

Kristi M. Simonsen has over 20 years of experience in the corporate world with an extensive background in healthcare management, human resources, operations, and training, for both the healthcare and financial industries.  She is passionate about helping others thrive and reaching their potential in both a professional and personal capacity.

Kristi is a native of Georgia where she resides with her son. She also enjoys crocheting and has published more than 70 of her own patterns and eBooks as well as taught classes to teach others the craft.  Her work has been on display in many countries and won several awards for their original design.

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