Jacqueline Kelm

Jacqueline Kelm


With a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration, Jacqueline Kelm has worked as an application engineer, a corporate executive, and a motivational management leader. For several years, she worked with Ernst & Young as a manager in its Leadership and Organization Change Group. For more than twelve years, Kelm has taught and applied the principles of Appreciative Inquiry, a leading-edge business philosophy “that focuses on probing a firm’s best attributes and practices” (Harvard Business School Working Knowledge).

Kelm brought her own innovation to Appreciative Inquiry, recasting it as “Appreciative Living,” a method of applying positive insights to our personal lives. She has hosted many workshops and presentations in this new approach to positive psychology. In 2006, she conducted a highly successful “study on joy” which tracked a notable increase of happiness in the lives of study participants across the U.S. through the practice of three gratitude exercises. Kelm has been asked to teach a week-long Appreciative Living course at American University this summer, and several organizations and consultants are using and recommending her materials in their training programs.

Kelm lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and two children.