Kathryn Montbriand '06
B.S.B. ’06 (Carlson School of Management)
Alumni Association Member
About Montbriand Services, LLC
Montbriand Services provides trusted strategic partners to businesses large and small. Their Chief of Staff team blends leadership experience, business acumen, and a healthy dose of EQ. They jump in quickly and get leaders back to doing what they do best - growing their businesses. They specialize in fractional and interim engagements, customizing a plan to meet your company’s needs. Their sweet spots are aligning teams towards common goals, revamping operating rhythms, and leveling-up people practices.
What would you do with an extra 40 hours this month? Find out when you hire an experienced Chief of Staff.
About Kathryn Montbriand
Kathryn is a Minnesota native who graduated from the Carlson School of Management in 2006 before heading off on a journey that took her to the west coast, east coast, and abroad to earn an MBA in Barcelona. She returned to her Midwestern roots in 2018 when her husband opened a business in Iowa and their family relocated to Minneapolis.
During her 15-year career as a consultant and Fortune 500 leader, Kathryn became an exceptional generalist. Her search for new challenges led her through credit underwriting, marketing, product, operations, and Chief of Staff roles. Each position offered a chance to grow and add tools to her leadership kit. This generalist skillset enabled her to jump into any problem, function, or organizational dynamic, make sense of the current state quickly and create a plan. She became a student of leadership and earned a Transformational Leadership certificate from Georgetown.
In 2021, Kathryn took a sabbatical. During this break, she clarified the focus for her next career chapter. She set off on a new path to offer her unique skillset to the business leaders that needed it most. She opened the doors to Montbriand Services in 2022 and now plays the multiplier role as a Chief of Staff for companies who are reaching the next level of growth. She offers a lifeline to the leader who is spending too much time working in their business and not enough time working on their business.
Kathryn is passionate about authenticity and bringing your whole self to work. When she isn’t working, Kathryn keeps busy training in Krav Maga, writing a career advice column, and gardening at her cabin ‘up North’.