We are passionate about people, transformation, innovation, and the emerging future.

Our experience has led us to see an urgent need in our workplace culture. Industry 4.0 is not just about emerging technologies but a new way to lead, conduct work and build communities to solve problems.

We can do better, together. 

We partner with you to power successful digital transformation initiatives with human dynamics and leadership.


To empower people at all levels to become change makers in their teams, organizations and communities through the values of openness.

LDR21 catalyzes leaders into change makers and cultures into innovative communities.


Our backgrounds are rooted deeply in change, a passion for people and innovation. 

We are connected by our common goals and interests to build a better workplace culture that values its people and empowers them to build a better future. Being a leader isn’t about the power one holds in a role but rather it is the internal power to serve those around us. Leadership in this emerging future requires vulnerability, transparency, capacity to inspire trust, and an inclusive mindset.

As the composition of technologies inside our organizations changes, so does the composition of people—and that means the composition of expectations is changing, too. If you expect your company to not only succeed but thrive in the 21st Century, you’ll need to make an immediate investment in interpersonal and managerial competency training.

Our Core Team

Jen Kelchner

Jen Kelchner

Founder + Lead Advisor

A reputed “chaos-wrangler,” Jen is hard-wired to step into the eye of the hurricane and put a finger on the problem that needs solving. Her experience in management consulting, executive coaching and leadership development over the last 20 years has led to benchmark teams and performance turnarounds in record time.  As a Deloitte manager, Jen conducted internal performance development, enabling the lowest performing team in the country to become the top performers over the course of a 10-month period. An Open evangelist and Ambassador, Jen received the Emerging Contributor award in 2017 and People’s Choice award in 2018. As a founding member of the Forbes Coaches Council, Jen was recognized as a thought leader in leadership and workplace culture.

Jen has been mentioned or featured in: Forbes, Forbes Councils, Forbes Council Education, Huffington Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CMO.com, Opensource.com, Linux Today, LXer, Red Hat News

Current Open Organization collaborative projects: In The Open column, The Open Organization, The Open Organization Workbook, The Open Organization Maturity Model,  and The Open Organization Leadership Manual 2.0 (release end of 2018).

Recent speaking engagements: #OpenFirstDC Public Sector event sponsored by Red Hat & Intel, International Association of Women, Georgia Agape Executive Retreat, Red Hat Summit 2018, All Things Open 2017, Duke University (Guest Lecture), Berry College Leadership Day, Tennessee DECA, and others.

Irupé Niveyro

Irupé Niveyro

Lead Advisor

Irupé enjoys helping others tune-in with their purpose and develop it. After a successful 20 years of corporate career in IT and Consulting, she transformed her mediation and negotiation skills into a facilitating and development firm to help organizations and teams achieve their results in an effective and harmonious manner.

Based in Argentina she has travelled within Latin America, Brazil and the United States working for IT, financial services and oil & gas industries. The exposure to different professional and cultural profiles – both with clients and associates – allows her to establish relationships in an open and inclusive way.

Irupé is actively contributing to the development of Communities of Practice, in leadership and sales, both locally and globally, as a way of expressing our human potential leveraged by the technological capabilities of these times.

Current community projects:

  • Chapter contribution to The Open Organization Leadership Manual 2.0 (release end of 2018)
  • Workshop series – Organizations – mechanisms or organisms? (2018)

Past social initiatives:

  • ULab host for “Transforming Business, Society and Self” (2016 edition)
  • Conversations with Innovation Agents”, in association with Telefónica, Ford, LAN and Wingu (2015)
  • “Imagining the Future of Organizations”, in association with Agilar and IAE proffesor. (2015)
  • Tools for professional development“, led within I+D (2013/14)


Krystina Francis

Krystina Francis

Lead Advisor

Krystina has 15 years of direct team and project management experience, starting with her own company founded in 2004, Vivid M (M for Music), that developed and patented the world’s first online recording studio and live performance venue for musicians. During her career, Krystina has managed over 350 projects that range from development through implementation of Software as a Service platforms, rebuilding multi-national eCommerce sites, developing proprietary software solutions, and creating lean operational workflows.

Industries served include financial, healthcare, and manufacturing where she also created or matured IP for her clients. Her forte is conceptualizing new systems or components and creating visual requirements/UX. She is a strong proponent of hybrid methodologies that combine the best practice techniques of PMI that ensure quality, while developing with Lean and Agile principles.

Dani Mingo

Dani Mingo

Multimedia Coordinator

Dani is passionate about modern communication techniques, like documentaries, podcasting, and social media. She is interested in sharing individual perspectives, as every person has something unique to bring to the table. She believes modern communication is an important aspect of connecting the world as neighbors. Kindness, transparency, and empathy are driving forces that can push communities to perform at their greatest capacity.

Utilizing these passions, she collaborates with LDR21 to create an open communication channel through media. Danielle is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University in Electronic Media Communication and Political Science.

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