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Location: Orange County, California

Year Founded: 2002

Excelerate is a communication training and coaching firm delivering innovative strategies and leadership development. For more than two decades, Excelerate has made an extraordinary difference for organizations of all sizes, giving CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs, high-potential employees and millennials the power tools to become more effective communicators.

Excelerate’s mission is to empower individuals and organizations to make holistic, transformational changes in the way they communicate. The firm’s 360-degree approach to communication helps clients increase productivity, raise morale, improve satisfaction and boost profitability.

Excelerate is a communication training and coaching firm offering a wide variety of programs including interactive workshops, executive coaching, group coaching, mediation and laser coaching to focus on specific issues.

Management: Kimberly Gerber, founder and CEO

Media Contact: Leslie Licano,, (949) 733-8679

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Excelerate is a communication training and coaching firm delivering innovative strategies and leadership development. For more than two decades, Excelerate’s programs have made an extraordinary difference for organizations of all sizes—from start-up enterprises to major corporations.

Focused on driving business success, Excelerate helps CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs, high-potential employees and millennials make transformational changes in the way they communicate, ultimately paving the way for improved productivity and increased profitability.
Excelerate develops comprehensive, customized strategies that not only open and improve communication among executives, management and key personnel, but position businesses for long-term success.

Excelerate offers a wide variety of programs, including interactive workshops, executive coaching, mediations, group coaching and laser coaching to focus on specific issues. These programs provide training in conflict management, assertiveness, difficult dialogues, building trust and other communication essentials.

Communication Mastery, an exclusive program where leaders, managers and high-performance employees learn to enhance their individual and collective communications skills, is among the many unique, interactive and engaging programs Excelerate offers. Presentations, discussions and hands-on exercises provide breakthrough learning experiences for business leaders and employees at any stage in their careers and at every level of communication competency.

As former marketing director for top brands such as Starbucks Coffee and Fleetwood Enterprises, Excelerate CEO Kimberly Gerber brings decades of communication experience to the Excelerate team. Her focused, holistic approach to improving individual and organizational communication has propelled a multitude of Fortune 500 companies and small to mid-sized businesses toward positive, sustained results. And to round out her communication prowess, Gerber also possesses innate, exceptional talent as a brilliant public speaker, making her one of the region’s most sought-after and acclaimed keynote presenters.

Services Fact Sheet

Excelerate is a communication training and coaching firm delivering innovative strategies and leadership development. For more than twenty years, Excelerate has given CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs, high-potential employees and millennials the power tools to become more effective communicators.

Excelerate offers a host of hard-working programs that do more than teach communication; they help to inspire better business by empowering individuals and organizations to make holistic, powerful behavior changes. Most programs are available on-site or online, making enrollment flexible and easy. And because Excelerate is committed to sustained education and long-term success, participants enjoy fun, interactive online tools, webinars and phone support—so completion of a course is really just the beginning.

Core programs include:

  • Communications Essentials
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Building Trust
  • Difficult Dialogues
  • Clear & Concise Communication
  • Image Management
  • Interaction Styles
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Assessment
  • Shifting Perspectives
  • Virtual Communications
  • Conflict Intervention
  • Delivering Performance-Management Feedback

Whether on-site or online, Excelerate offers a variety of training and coaching programs that can be tailored for any individual organization’s needs. All Excelerate training and coaching participants have access to a robust library of tools and resources, including valuable reading lists and white papers, assessments, practice communication exercises, topical podcasts and webinars. Corporate clients have the option for branded sites with content and materials customized for their employees.

Training options include:

  • On-Site Training
  • Online Training
  • Open Enrollment Training Program

Coaching options include:

  • Executive Coaching
  • Online Coaching
  • Training & Certification for Coaches & Trainers

Excelerate’s assessment programs can help improve personal and organization performance. Certified to recommend and employ a wide range of assessments based on particular needs and situations, Excelerate stands behind the following programs:

  • Excelerate’s Communication 360 assessment a revolutionary perception-management tool that helps individuals to understand the specific ways in which their communication effectiveness is perceived across key stakeholder groups.
  • The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) assessment – the most widely used personality assessment in the world, offering a foundation for understanding individual differences and applying that understanding to the ways people think, communicate and interact.
  • The Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behavior® (FIRO-B®) assessment – a classic 54-item assessment used to clarify human interactions in personal and business situations.
  • The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) – the world’s best-selling instrument for conflict resolution, helping individuals move beyond conflict and focus on achieving organizational goals and business objectives.
  • The CPI 260® assessment – builds on the exceptional history, validity and reliability of the California Psychological Inventory™ (CPI™) assessment, transforming this trusted resource into a leadership development tool for today’s organizations.

Excelerate offers specially trained and certified conflict-resolution experts to work with businesses through mediation and intervention. The firm’s conflict-resolution methods include:

  • Mediation
  • Two-person intervention
  • Team intervention
  • Individual intervention

Excelerate believes that building a solid business blueprint can make a difference between a market survivor and a market leader. Collaborative strategizing provides companies a competitive advantage, and Excelerate makes sure that the process is informative, engaging and even fun. The firm’s facilitation program includes the following:

  • Pinpointing business strategies through Excelerate’s collaborative, integrated development process;
  • analyzing past performance, measuring profitability and identifying key opportunities in the organization and the marketplace;
  • setting goals and developing tactics and actions that increase the likelihood for success; and
  • challenging conventional thinking, inspiring original ideas and ultimately creating actionable plans that truly deliver.

Meet Kimberly Gerber

Kimberly Gerber, president and CEO

Kimberly-Gerber-sqAs founder of Excelerate, Kimberly Gerber is more than passionate about business success, and she understands that strong communication skills play a significant role in achieving that success. It’s no wonder that for the past two decades, Gerber’s focused approach to communication strategies has successfully led Fortune 500 companies such as Starbucks and Fleetwood Enterprises toward real results. Her innovative ideas, breakthrough programs and proven techniques have served as a catalyst, helping countless C-level executives, entrepreneurs, millennials and high-potential employees reach their goals. It’s why organizations, including Allergan, Verizon Wireless, Starbucks Coffee and ACCO Brands, rely on Kimberly for her highly specialized communications guidance and training to help them succeed.

Kimberly also serves as a motivating, empowering public speaker for audiences of all sizes, bringing the power of effective communication to podiums across the country. With the ability to speak on a variety of topics related to transformational communication, Kimberly is among the region’s most sought-after and acclaimed keynote speakers, consistently leaving attendees feeling energized and inspired.

In addition to her leadership and public speaking roles, Kimberly dedicates time to giving back to her community. Since 2006, she has been a board member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, where she currently serves as director of Strategy and Board Development. She also sits on the Food and Beverage Advisory Council for the Gerson Lehrman Group, a Wall Street technology advisory firm.

Kimberly holds a B.A. in Marketing and Public Communications from SUNY Buffalo. Committed to lifelong learning, she’s completed graduate studies at San Diego State University; is a graduate of Newfield, an ICF-certified executive coaching program, and has earned mediation certification from the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

To book a speaking engagement with Kimberly Gerber, contact Leslie Licano at or (949) 733-8679.


From Fortune 500 firms to start-up enterprises, Excelerate has successfully partnered with a long list of satisfied clients in a wide variety of fields. Below is a sampling of the many testimonials Excelerate has received from companies across the country.

“The entire team at Excelerate has delivered a high-quality communication-skills program for our managers here at Allergan. After our first class I received an email from a participant’s manager asking when the course will be offered again, because she wanted to attend.”

Matthew McNabb, Sr. Project Manager R&D Training

“[Kimberly Gerber] has been instrumental in helping me continue my personal and professional development through her communications workshop. Additionally, because she came to me so highly recommended from a co-worker, I brought her and her team in to complete workshops for all my directors and all my managers. The positive impact that she has had on our team has been tremendous. Communications have grown to new levels, allowing the team to continue to develop together and individually as well. As a result of the workshops, teamwork has improved drastically, positively changing the overall dynamic of the group and the atmosphere in which we work.”

Carla Ussery, VP Wholesale Distribution
Verizon Wireless

“I will tell you, the experience was one of the richest staff development experiences I have experienced in my 27 years of teaching. I learned so much about how to get things done within the world of strong leaders with whom I work by understanding where they are coming from. I also learned a lot about myself as a leader and as a person—self-knowledge is such a gift, especially at this stage of my life. Many thanks. ”

Kim Kearney, Lead Teacher at Fairport School District

“Our organization brought Excelerate in to help with two problems—one between a manager and a direct report and one that involved a department. The situations were handled in extremely professional and effective ways. Excelerate’s staff instantly gained the trust of all involved, which allowed for open communication and successful resolutions. Tensions were relieved, conflicts were solved and communication between all parties has greatly improved.”

Edna Querry, Human Resources Manager at ACCO Brands

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