Three Organizations Recognized by Kolbe Corp for Impact With Strengths

Three organizations, including nonprofit and for profit enterprises, have just been announced as finalists for Kolbe Corp’s 2018 Conative Excellence Enterprise Award, for applying strengths theory to make lives better. The winner will be announced at Conation Nation Symposium, Oct. 25–26.

For profit and nonprofit enterprises share one major success criteria. They must understand people before making a significant impact. In 2018, three organizations have demonstrated superior understanding of people’s innate strengths, and have just been recognized as finalists for Kolbe Corp’s Conative Excellence Enterprise Award.

The three finalists are Bethany Christian Services, The Financial Services Network and LSW Architects — representing a diverse cross-section of organizations in nonprofit, financial and professional services. The winner will be announced, along with the individual Professional Award recipient, at the Conation Nation Symposium in Scottsdale, Arizona, Oct. 25–26.

“We’ve seen that successful organizations excel when they view their employees, customers and stakeholders in terms of strengths,” said David Kolbe, CEO of Kolbe Corp. “These finalists show that understanding human potential transcends industries and sectors. We’re incredibly proud to be associated with each of these finalists for our Conative Excellence Enterprise Award.”

Bethany Christian Services (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit organization that brings families together and keeps families together. Strengthening families for the well-being of children is its top priority. The organization’s services include adoption, foster care and pregnancy counseling. It also provides counseling to families, assists refugees and immigrants resettling in the U.S. and partners with several international countries to help keep families together. “The work we do equips families to be the answer for children in need, as Christ intended,” says Bethany Christian Services.

The Financial Services Network (San Mateo, Calif.)

The Financial Services Network comprises a highly specialized group of business, investment and compliance professionals dedicated to serving the needs of an elite community of independent financial advisors. United by a common bond of excellence and sharing the desire to elevate their practices, its advisors partner with The Financial Services Network in the pursuit of growth, efficiency, acquisition strategies and seamless succession plans.

LSW Architects (Vancouver, Wash.)

LSW offers a full range of architectural, interior design and planning services and has been fortunate to partner with remarkable clients over its 60+ year history — resulting in a body of built work that continues to change the face of its Vancouver, Washington community and communities beyond. “Our people are the heart of our success,” says a spokesperson. “Our dedicated team implements their unique talents to positively impact our projects — all the while producing a supportive, lively work environment that naturally breeds a sense of collaboration and creativity.”

About Conation Nation Symposium

Conation Nation Symposium will take place October 25 and 26 at the DoubleTree Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., and is the authoritative conference on conation — the part of the mind used in action and achievement. The event will feature a variety of presentations from leaders in coaching, human resources, and personal relationships; including Kathy Kolbe, Dan Sullivan and keynote speaker Brian Burkhardt.

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About Kolbe Corp

Since 1977, Kolbe Corp’s mission is to help people succeed by having the freedom to be themselves. More than one million people have completed Kolbe assessments to better understand their conative strengths — natural instincts that govern action and achievement. Thousands of organizations use Kolbe Corp’s assessments and consulting services to be more productive and to build effective and engaged teams.

Kolbe Corp’s flagship online assessment, the Kolbe A™ Index, is the most powerful personal strengths assessment available, with proven reliability and validity. The Kolbe A Index is available online at

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