We're on a mission to change our world for the better by equipping leaders, organizations, and communities with the skills and competencies needed to lead in more inclusive, human, adaptive, and effective ways.

About Spotlight Trust

The founders of Trust-Centered™ Leadership

Work is about relationships, and relationships come down to trust.

Spotlight Trust is an organizational design and leadership development partner that helps organizations harness the power of trust to become more human, creative, adaptive, and effective.

Our approach is rooted in our practical frameworks for earning, strengthening, and even restoring trust, which make up the foundation for what we call Trust-Centered Leadership™.

Our frameworks enable relevant, dynamic, inclusive, and continuous learning and development that supports organizations, leaders, and teams to anticipate, prepare, and adapt to the only internal and external constant: change.

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Our Origin Story

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Would you start a business with someone you’ve only met in person once and talked to for about 5 minutes?

Spotlight Trust Co-founders and Co-CEOs Lisa Lambert of Rule Number Six and Rick Kitagawa of Kaiju Coaching did. That’s the power of trust.

Lisa and Rick first met while working remotely as leadership coaches (later head coaches) in Seth Godin’s altMBA. They had the chance to very briefly meet in-person in New York City, but collaborating on Spotlight Trust wasn’t even a seed of an idea at the time.

They later had the chance to work more closely together (remotely) on several initiatives within the Akimbo Workshops and recognized the value in uniting each other’s different perspectives and experiences to tackle a recurring theme in both their paths and one that felt more important than ever: trust. 

Bringing deep leadership experience in their own respective fields and having coached thousands of leaders around the world independently as well as through the altMBA and other Akimbo Workshops, Lisa and Rick took the leap to co-found Spotlight Trust in late 2019. Spotlight Trust combines their forces and insights to bring a practical framework for developing trust to leaders and the organizations and communities that rely on those leaders.

Meet Spotlight Trust's Co-founders and Co-CEOs

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Rick Kitagawa (he/him)

Rick Kitagawa (he/him) brings his creative entrepreneurial background, out-of-the-box thinking, and executive coaching experience and mixes it with his experience of teaching and designing curricula at the university level to Spotlight Trust.  His ability to see the unique strengths in people and help them unlock their leadership potential is only matched by his open mind, his flair for the dramatic, and his love of monsters and mythical creatures.

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Lisa Lambert (she/her)

Lisa Lambert (she/her) brings her experience leading special projects and strategic communications on the frontiers of science, technology, and innovation as well as her award-winning facilitation skills to Spotlight Trust. Her ability to navigate complexity, catalyze collaboration, and transform organizations is only matched by her thoughtfulness, her passion for adventure, and love for her two puppers (and Spotlight Trust’s office managers), Bebop and Rocksteady.