Next Gear Consulting

Certified Partner

Next Gear works with organizations to unlock, untangle, and inspire individuals and teams. We provide skilled facilitation and insightful coaching, with practical tools to meet you where you are and take you where you want to go.

Using a wide variety of tools and approaches, Next Gear Consulting works with the organization’s leadership team and HR strategists to untangle complex issues ranging from organizational design and succession to individual and team performance. We create custom, sustainable frameworks that encourage leadership independence, high performance, and employee engagement, all with an eye to achieving the organization’s objectives.

Team Leaders

Kristi Marsella

Kristi Marsella

Founder and Principal

After 30 years of success in business – the last 25 working for the best-in-class Gallo wine empire – Kristi Marsella is now focused on the area of her greatest strength and skill: the development of human performance. A top-rated facilitator, trainer and speaker, and an award-winning instructional designer, Kristi brings a unique and engaging set of skills to her clients. Kristi has a BS in Business from CSU Sacramento, and a Masters in HR/OD from the University of San Francisco.

Kristi has a very special gift in coaching executives who have a passion for leading teams. I would recommend Kristi to executives in businesses of all sizes and to teams that need a "tune up" on their strategy and vision.

B. Fiscalini - Chief Executive Officer

Kristi and I worked together as HR/Legal business partners for many years. Her passion and enthusiasm for everything she does is infectious. She is knowledgeable, practical, business-minded and hilarious - a winning combination. She is one of the best facilitators I have ever seen. She will be a tremendous asset to many companies as a consultant.

C. Connelly - Vice President and General Counsel

Kristi has been instrumental in my development as a leader and as a business owner. With her vast experience with her own development, as well as developing diverse teams of people at all levels of organizations, you leave each of her sessions with actionable practices to implement, and with all the confidence and skill sets to take on you business or teams greatest challenges. Her talks are inspirational at the least, and life changing when implemented.

S. Santos - Business Owner