who we are

meet the team

We help you gain momentum for taking yourself or your business to the next level. We see each engagement as a unique commitment, and remain integrated with you as long as it makes sense.

whitney kenter

CEO & Founder

Whitney’s wheelhouse is unbounded visionary creativity, audacity to dream big, and the corralling of energy to unlock value and potential in people and businesses. With more than two decades of experiences in business advisory, financial services and executive leadership, Whitney has led highly successful entrepreneurial businesses and organizations in the roles of CEO, Managing Member, and Board Member.

Most recently, Whitney was a founding Managing Member of Matter Family Office, an industry-leading national wealth management firm uniquely positioned to advise highly successful families. Whitney was responsible for the leadership of the firm’s culture, people, branding, communication, and strategic initiatives. Under her leadership for more than 10 years, Matter navigated exceptional growth, and was recognized as the top multi-family office in the country.

Whitney has also brought her passion to inspire, create, and connect to her roles as a Board Member of House of Genius, Venture Cafe St. Louis, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and the St. Louis United Way, an advisor to NEXUS Global Summit, a member of Summit, and as a U.S. Fringe Diplomacy Partnership Opportunity Delegate to Cuba.

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celeste o’brien

president

Celeste is a multidisciplinary leader with experience in change management, communications, marketing, people and culture. She is a strategic thought catalyst who is passionate about bridging people and ideas with love and understanding. The high-stakes nature of her first career in education demanded a mindset of urgency and rapid innovation, and this is the foundation of her work in business. She excels at moving ahead, whether the next steps are direct, or have yet to be defined.

Celeste’s passion for people and talent began in her four years as a Teach For America middle school math teacher in St. Louis Public Schools. During the following seven years at Matter Family Office, she built a culturally aligned framework for hiring, employee engagement, and professional development that allowed Matter to consistently hire and retain top industry talent. She also supported internal and external marketing and communications, brand management, culture, talent, and strategy.

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ariana jahja

chief glowe accelerator

Ariana Jahja’s insight and wisdom is born from her relentless pursuit of knowledge and experience coaching and developing more than 300 individuals throughout her career. With a background in psychology, neuro-informed coaching, human resources, and Steven Kotler’s Flow Research Collective methodology, Ariana helps driven individuals move past information paralysis in order to gain clarity and take strategic, aligned, and courageous action toward gloweing.

Ariana has devoted her career to motivating, guiding and teaching people to become the best versions of themselves. She has spent more than a decade at Washington University in St. Louis supporting staff in their career development, and serving as a learning and development specialist. In January 2020, she launched her personal coaching practice, Ariana Jahja Coaching, and in December 2021 she decided to join forces with Glowe Connective as our founding Chief Glowe Accelerator. Ariana and her husband have also followed their passion for fitness to found Glove Up Fitness, a St. Louis boxing gym.

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kim bolourtchi

chief synergy officer

Kim loves to help others maximize their potential, achieving far more than they ever thought possible. Within businesses, she brings her passion, energy and experience to help leaders create thriving cultures where people love to work, so that transformative growth can be unlocked. Known for her innovative approach to leadership development, team building, conflict resolution, and organizational excellence, Kim has served as Founder, CEO and Managing Member for a number of highly successful organizations, and has guided multiple startups to multi-million dollar revenue streams.

Kim’s career is a testament to the transformative potential of leaning into your superpowers: she has managed a thriving law practice, served as the Director of Leadership and Professional Development for a Top 20 law school, and created life-changing courses that empower rising and seasoned professionals to align with their gifts and move past obstacles to success. She is a top rated professor at Maryville University, and the founder of the non-profit UNMUTED. She hosts the weekly podcast “Boldly Stated,” and her book “Truly Inspired: Secrets for Finding Extraordinary Success at Work,” is being used as a roadmap for professionals in all stages of life and career transition. And, she is a national champion Latin dancer who continues to host workshops that leverage the incredible power of physical movement to unleash confidence and success.

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jim stevenson

Jim has provided leadership, mentorship, and consultancy to companies around the world for more than 20 years. With a passion for the power of combining a future-thinking, entrepreneurial mindset with the alignment between culture, vision, and strategy, Jim is particularly drawn to providing leadership in complex, challenging, or uncertain situations. Jim helps companies grow and transform through creating highly engaging, customer-centric, data-driven, and purpose-informed cultures; fostering alignment among leaders, employees, investors, and other stakeholder groups; and implementing innovative tech strategies to create and preserve value. Jim steps in to play the role that’s needed – whether that is as an interim or fractional C-Suite leader, a coach, or a consultant.

Jim has worked with national and international corporations, including Bacardi Global Brands, The Guardian, Marks & Spencer, Selfridges, News Corp, BBC and Royal Bank of Scotland. He has also advised start-ups, VC/PE and family-owned businesses looking to transform. Currently, Jim leads the two consultancy groups he founded, Bletchley Group and Tech Startup Machine. He serves as a Chairperson of international healthcare company Vala Health and is a Partner of Spark International, a boutique Corporate Finance and M&A firm.

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stephanie martinez

For nearly 30 years, Stephanie has been studying the relationship between holistic wellness and business. She is a gifted practitioner who combines body and energy work with her practical business-building knowledge to guide leaders in finding practical solutions for creating a centered life. She is particularly passionate about helping those who are feeling plateaued or blocked to engage in the discovery and healing processes that allow them to reach their full potential.

In 2012, Stephanie founded Ortho Touch Therapy, a solo massage therapy business which she grew into a multi-practitioner, multi-service wellness center. Having experienced the range of roles many business owners take on, she is excited to spend more time focusing on the one-on-one coaching work that energizes her most.

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molly vaile

Molly is a time-bender for high-growth stage companies, differentiated in her willingness to say “Can I go with you? Let’s chart this path together.” She works with leaders to co-create clear vision, aligned brand experiences, practices and procedures, and tactical implementation strategies that are efficient and sustainable. Her all-in partnership approach is intelligent, intuitive, and innovative, characterized by an exceptional ability to listen, synthesize, and produce results.

Molly has been leveraging her unique right-brain meets left-brain approach to create distinguished order from disorder in business for more than 20 years. Her experiences have ranged across sectors: Executive Director of wndr museum, Executive Director and Vice President roles at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, global exposure with the US Ski & Snowboard Team and Foundation, and serving as a Corps Member with Americorps. Molly is the Founder and CEO of Vaile Ventures, LLC, a growth strategy consultancy, and gives the support of her time and mentorship to several Colorado community organizations.

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