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Scott T. Kiefer


Scott Kiefer is a Principal and Executive Vice President in the Leadership Pipeline Institute, and he is responsible for expanding the reach and impact of the Institute in the United States with global and national companies. Scott consults on executive and management levels to implement the Leadership Pipeline concepts. He works with leaders to create performance improvement strategies and develop a strong bench of successors.


Scott has over 25 years of experience with leadership positions in the military, higher education, manufacturing and consulting. Since 2004, he has been a Partner and Vice President of The Oliver Group, a leadership consultancy specializing in the areas of talent acquisition, talent development and growth strategies. Working with over 300 companies, he has designed and delivered high impact solutions that fundamentally change how leaders run their businesses through a disciplined focus on leadership. As a result, he is a trusted advisor to CEOs and Boards across the US.


Scott earned a degree in Political Science and was named a Distinguished Military Graduate from James Madison University in 1990. After graduation, Scott spent 10 years as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army. Among many roles, he led officers and soldiers as an Infantry Company Commander and served as Assistant Professor of Military Science at Western Kentucky University where he evaluated and developed new Army officers. Scott’s military assignments included being a part of the Berlin Brigade, the last US forces in the Cold War capital of Berlin, Germany. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, the most challenging combat leadership course in the military.


After the military, Scott went back to school and earned his MBA from the University of Louisville with a focus on Entrepreneurship. It was here that he discovered the differences in performance amongst individuals, teams and companies with seemingly like backgrounds and preparation. This simple discovery led to his pursuit of developing high performing leaders in a variety of industries – since not all companies are created equally.


For the next five years Scott led manufacturing operations and supply chain business teams at Frito-Lay and ExxonMobil. At ExxonMobil he led the supply chain organization in a Japanese-US joint venture for a world-class supplier of petrochemical products to the US automotive industry. His hands on, leader-focused style of operating led to significant increases in performance for this ExxonMobil JV in the areas of production, inventory management, transportation and warehousing expense.


Scott shares his combination of leadership, teaching, and obtaining business results with organizations by speaking and writing in a dynamic, energetic style. As such, he has earned membership in the National Speakers' Association.