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Kristin Heryford

Manager, Professional Development
Cooley LLP
San Diego, CA

Kristin makes organizational learning more modern and meaningful. She combines a lens for organizational development, a coaching approach, a passion for collaboration, and ease with technology to design for impactful learning outcomes. 

At Cooley, Kristin creates best-in-class development opportunities for lawyers at all levels through executive coaching, designing workshops and conferences, teaching professional skills content, group facilitation and developing digital resources. Her favorite topics to think, teach and coach on are: leading and managing teams; self-narrative and owning your powerful story; professional presence; and value-based career moves. 

Kristin has spent her entire career in attorney professional development, with prior experience at Fenwick & West and the University of San Francisco School of Law. Kristin holds an MA in Organization & Leadership from the University of San Francisco and a BA in Law & Society from UC Santa Barbara.


Internal Firm Presentations: Presenting with Impact, Self-Narrative and Developing Your Story, High-Performing Teams, Delegation: It’s a Team Sport, Power of Networks, DiSC/5 Behaviors of Cohesive Teams workshops 
External Conference Presentations: Digital learning and innovative training techniques; associate professional development topics; introductory project management concepts; facilitated group conversations; career development plans. 

About Kristin

What is the best vacation you have ever taken?
I’ve enjoyed many wonderful vacations with my two best friends (ask me about “the ice cap tour” sometime!), but one that stands out is a 5-day road trips across Sicily. The food culture, the history, the views, the architecture, the wine and more food… Highly recommend. 

What is the best book you have read in the last year? 
Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Favorite guilty pleasure.  
Bad reality TV and my friends’ hilarious podcast about the shows. 

What is your favorite family tradition?  
We open Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve mostly because my mother can’t handle for another night the excitement and anticipation of watching everyone tear open their gifts. Stockings are also a family favorite—we have a lot of fun picking out special little items for each other.