Our Leadership Team


Jim Woods

Jim Woods is President of Woods Kovalova Group with offices in Denver, CO and Kiev, Ukraine. The company was founded in 1998. He specializes in large-scale transformation and development of programs to influence positive changes in behavior. Jim has worked with public, private, government and not-for-profit clients. Jim designs strategy-led reforms, develops robust implementation plans for major innovations, and helps organizations form and carry out changes and strengthen their people management.

Jim mostly works with clients in the private sector to redesign and transform their organizations. He helped establish a new operating model and organization structure for a government division of 1,500 employees. This included planning for the change process with leaders. He also managed the team that transformed the department’s family and community services.

Before founding Woods Kovalova Group Jim served in the U.S. Navy Seabees going on to teach fifth-grade math and science. He taught university leadership and organizational change classes at Villanova, Dickinson, and Colorado Technical Universities. Jim has worked with the U.S. military to reform their departments. Passionate about helping people overcome disadvantage, Jim has been an advisor to numerous boards. He is happily married to his business partner Lucy Kovalova-Woods.

Leading with intimidation breeds anxiety, cynicism, distrust, and fear, all of which can be poisonous to any team or organization. These consequences make transparency and honesty nearly impossible, killing necessary forms of communication. If people are too afraid to bring up an issue, there is a clear dysfunction within the organization. With intimidation, the rational discussion gets limited, which ultimately leads to poor decision making and a lack of action.

Lucy Kovalova-Woods

Lucy is Vice-President and Executive Director of Woods Kovalova Group, LLC. She is a two time bestselling author. Lucy consults on startup strategies, overcoming fear, high performance, starting over, career transition. As vice-president of Woods Kovalova Group Lucy has provided advice to business leaders, startups and visionary entrepreneurs.

Lucy has impressive work background. As a sought after for her relentless commitment, vibrant energy, and trusted knowledge in designing and delivering powerful solutions.

She helps businesses embrace change and become world-class innovators. She is also the author of two books on change.

Lucy is a serial entrepreneur, having founded several successful businesses. She founded her previous company KLC organization on the principle that everyone has the power to exceed their expectations; they just need the knowledge and tools to know how. As a globally recognized leadership and small business expert, she helped countless small business leaders unlock new potential and create new value. Her mission, with every audience she meets, is to open people’s minds about the future, provoke fresh thinking around what’s possible, and inspire people to take action.  

A leader on simplifying small business success from creating business plans, hiring and retaining top talent, innovation and change management.  Lucy presents ideas that turn people from followers to creative leaders. She offers tested tools and takeaways to motivate organizations and individuals to action. Lucy speaks three languages fluently.

A Dynamic Keynote Speaker, Lucy engages audiences and empowers them with practical tools, tips, and resources that they can use to create immediate and effective change.