Danessa Knaupp

Danessa Knaupp
CEO
Executive Coach

Danessa Knaupp helps leaders transform themselves and their organizations. By empowering people to bring life and energy to the constant change swirling in today’s corporate environments, Danessa supports executives and teams as they define a path forward and determine the future.

Passionate about coaching, leading and super-charging strategy and process, Danessa consistently enables clients to deliver high-impact change with material financial improvement. Her coaching builds pathways for new experiences and removes interference. Danessa combines her deep real-life business experience with the candor and compassion she is known for, and empowers leaders to achieve their full, unlimited potential.

During Danessa’s 20+ years as both a senior corporate leader and an entrepreneur, she gained valuable firsthand experience in solving the complex problems that executives face. From managing a P&L in a tough, ever-changing economic environment to designing and delivering sustained change in customer behavior, to leading large teams through complex mergers, Danessa consistently delivered results in the face of the same challenges her executive clients experience.

At Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, Danessa honed the specific executive coaching skills she uses today. Danessa’s approach is holistic and practical, addressing the leader’s full physical, emotional, and cognitive life and how that interior reality shapes a leader and team’s experience. She attends to the dynamics of the organizational culture and systems surrounding the client, and co-creates targeted, simple practices to increase effectiveness and expand opportunity.

A flexible, creative performer, Danessa’s work spans a variety of industries. She has led large Fortune 100 multifunctional teams as well as supported entrepreneurial start-ups. She has deep financial services, operations, professional services, sales, and non-profit experience.

Danessa is a graduate of the world-renowned Executive Leadership Coaching program at Georgetown University, and a member of the International Coach Federation. Fluent in Spanish, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree with dual concentration in Psychology and Sociology from the College of William and Mary. Danessa works and plays in Richmond, VA and around the world.