Skip to main content
Judah Kurtz

Judah Kurtz

  • ELOC Coach Educator
  • MSLOC/OLCC Lecturer & Coach
  • Personal & Executive Coach + Leadership & Learning Consultant, Judah Kurtz Coaching & Consulting


Judah Kurtz is a trusted advisor, coach, facilitator, strategist, and consultant, who is passionate about driving transformative growth and sustainable change. With a career spanning over 25 years, he has partnered with a broad array of individuals, senior leadership teams, and organizations around the globe seeking clarity of focus, forward momentum, increased effectiveness, and exceptional results. 

He brings deep expertise in coaching, leadership development, team effectiveness, learning strategy, training and facilitation, organization effectiveness, and strategic change. Leveraging expert assessment and evaluation, he designs and delivers transformative learning and growth experiences that drive effectiveness, engagement, and high-impact outcomes. 

With energy and humor, Judah empowers his clients to uncover their hidden potential and barriers to success, and to consciously design their lives, careers, and businesses with greater alignment to their core purpose and values. They discover who they are, what they stand for, what they want, and how to be/do/have it. 

In his private practice, multiple “CEO’s right hand” positions, and various executive coach/consultant roles at Accenture and boutique firms, Judah has worked with clients of all levels, with a special emphasis on mid- to senior-level leaders, teams, and high potential talent. His experience reaches across multiple industries within the corporate, education, and not-for-profit sectors. Select clients include: McDonald’s, GE Healthcare, British Petroleum, Federal Reserve Bank, SAP, Beam Suntory, Abbott Nutrition, Gensler, IRI, Spencer Stuart, Medline, BMO Harris Bank, STMicroelectronics, Astellas, L’Oréal, State of WI Investment Board (SWIB), NW Natural, Chicago Public Schools, AMITA Health, and Huron Consulting. 

Committed to supporting others in their growth and development, Judah is adjunct faculty as instructor, coach, and coach educator in the graduate school and executive education programs of Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, and provides coaching supervision to students pursuing the Organizational Leadership Coaching Certification. He also volunteers at various education-focused charitable organizations, including his current role at One Million Degrees, an organization where he serves as a scholar coach to support low-income college students in school, work, and life. 

Judah holds both a master’s degree in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) and bachelor’s degree with honors in Psychology and Organization Behavior from Northwestern University. Additionally, Judah holds a certificate in Training and Development from Northwestern, has graduate level training in counseling and organizational psychology from Adler School of Professional Psychology, received advanced-level coaching training, and is certified to administer a variety of personality/psychometric and 360 assessment instruments. 

Originally from San Francisco, Judah has lived in Chicago since 1997. He is a classically-trained violinist and amateur photographer, and has a passion for travel, culture, art, music, and wit. He also enjoys personal development, meditation, running, and downward dogs in his yoga practice. 

LinkedIn Profile:


  • MS, Learning & Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2009
  • Master’s Degree Curriculum in Counseling & Organizational Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology, 2006
  • BS cum laude, Psychology and Organization Behavior, Northwestern University, 2004
  • Advanced Life Coaching Training, Dave Ellis Leadership, 2003
  • Certificate, Training & Development, Northwestern University, 2003
  • Team Management & Leadership Program, Landmark Education, 2002
  • Professional Coaching Training, Coaches Training Institute, 2002