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Meet Kelly Isley of Corcoran Associates

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Isley.

Kelly, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I fell in love with aviation at a young age and never looked back. After wrapping up my engineering degree, I landed a great role at a Fortune 100 aerospace company. This is where I grew up in advanced technology and worked with scientists focused on creating the future; it was fascinating.

Building on the strategic side of technology, I was pulled into a successful mergers and acquisition team that would positively shape my career going forward. All of these efforts set the stage for working globally, delivering results to customers who had to stay at the forefront of technology and a full schedule that introduced me to lifelong colleagues.

The continual fast pace also made me realize that I needed to establish a few personal domains beyond engineering. In addition to building a family (with my husband who is also an engineer), the domains include: photography, writing and mentoring.

Fast forward to 2018 – my career as a technical leader for a firm of business advisors remains exciting, and on my best days, you can catch me taking photos.

Has it been a smooth road?
For me, the path to success has been a fantastic journey along a winding road. A journey that has found me: setting goals, adapting to new environments and moving out of my comfort zone on a regular basis.

Two strategies that have helped me so far: building a personal board of directors for mentorship and joining a mastermind group when I decided to write my first book.

The goal of having a personal board of directors was to have a group of people that I can turn to for sound advice and feedback. To make sure the relationships continued I worked to find a way they could be reciprocal and thought about the qualities or skills I could bring to that particular board member.

When it came to joining the mastermind group, it was for a few important reasons that included outward accountability as well as getting the chance to learn from recognized authors.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Corcoran Associate is a firm of business advisors focused on increasing visibility, revenue and reach for their global clients.

My role as vice president strategic planning & technology development is responsible for leading strategic planning, technology development, new business development and program implementation efforts across the following industries: aerospace, aviation, defense, environmental, finance, health sciences, as well as select government clients within the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

If I had to start over, what would I have done differently?
One lesson learned that would have been better to adopt before college but that I found to be powerful early in my career; is the simple act of writing down my goals and reviewing them each day to stay focused.

A favorite and actionable quote is how I will bring this all together:
“Great success seldom comes from doing twenty things right. More often, it’s the result of focusing on the right one, two, or three big things. What are those?” ― Linda A. Hill, Ph.D. the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at Harvard.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Phoenix, Arizona is more than just a destination to enjoy 300 days of sunshine. It’s a thriving metropolis drawing people to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, quality job opportunities along with the affordable cost of living.

Looking ahead, Phoenix is emerging as a hub for several growth industries. The same industries that focus on innovation including aerospace, high technology, manufacturing, research, and bioscience.

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B. Shaw

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