Miao Kelly Cao

Leadership Consultant

Miao is an Executive Coach and Management Consultant based in New York. She advises leaders to effectively manage business transformations and their own career transitions.

Miao Kelly Cao


Miao leverages over two decades of global business experience across strategy consulting, investment banking, venture capital/private equity and executive search. She has worked with leaders from Fortune 500 companies, startups, VC/PE-backed portfolios and nonprofit organizations in the U.S., Europe and Asia. She is a trusted advisor, combining a consulting toolkit, industry expertise and a keen understanding of leadership.

Miao most recently worked with McKinsey, where she led financial services activities for McKinsey Talent Network in North America. Prior to that she was a Partner at a leading talent advisory firm where she successfully placed senior executives such as CEOs, Country Heads and Regional Leaders across functional areas in financial services in the U.S., Europe and China.

Miao earned her Master of Business Administration from Stanford University and her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Trained in executive coaching at Columbia University, she is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from the Co-Active Training Institute and a Certified Positive Intelligence Coach (CPIC).

Leadership Consulting

Whether you need to find future CEO candidates or board members, create better teams or coach high-potential talent, we help you create an organization that’s ready to take on high-stakes, high-pressure and high-complexity decisions.
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Executive Coaching

We help your organization identify leadership needs through assessment and gap analysis, setting a course to build future-ready leaders through education, stretch goals and assignments, and executive coaching. Beginning with your growth strategy, we identify what your organization needs from your leader.
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High Potential Identification (HiPO)

Our Approach Our proven approach forecasts your organization’s talent needs, assesses talent and uncovers development needs.
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