Get to Know the Founder & CEO Elaine Dinos of Kindred Lane

Get to Know the Founder & CEO Elaine Dinos of Kindred Lane

Elaine Dinos is the Founder & CEO of Kindred Lane and mother of three young boys, who are her daily inspiration for living from her roots. She has guided hundreds of senior leaders and corporate executives through career and life transitions resulting in greater levels of fulfillment, purpose, impact, and well-being. She is most passionate about the magic that unfolds on our journeys of personal growth in the community with kindred spirits, guided by nature. It is through this approach that she helps leaders and teams cultivate abundance and regenerative growth both inside and outside of the workplace.

Elaine spent most of her career as a Leadership Advisor and Executive Recruiter at Korn Ferry. But, it is through her journey of surrendering to motherhood that Elaine’s true path unfolded; a path that led her to the Shakti Leadership Global Women’s Fellowship and Pranic Soul Yoga Teacher Training. In trusting the path of regenerative growth in her own life, she discovered the work that has since become Kindred Lane.

“Rooted in love and kindness, Kindred Lane is more than just a business; it is a living, breathing representation of my own personal journey.”

-Elaine Dinos

Tell us in your words, your story. We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.

My name is Elaine Dinos, and I’m the Founder and CEO of Kindred Lane, a leadership advisory company that brings a holistic approach to growing leaders, their organizations, and their impact in the world. Our mission is to grow a kind world where nature and all people thrive. The work we do with leaders and their teams helps them align their personal & leadership success with that of their organization and a meaningful positive impact. Each of our clients has their own words to describe their mission and purpose, but at the end of the day, we work with clients who are growing kind solutions for people and the world. When we help them grow personally, their positive impact on the world grows, too.

Rooted in love and kindness, Kindred Lane is more than just a business; it is a living, breathing representation of my own personal journey. I spent most of my career working as a Principal Partner in the Executive Search practice at Korn Ferry. On paper, I had made it, but I was struggling to balance it all. Between the stressors of a high-achieving role and trying to navigate motherhood with young children at home, I was pouring from an empty cup. Work had begun to bleed into the parts of my life that I knew required my full presence—monumental and special moments that I would never get back. I had not been, what I now call, ‘living from my roots’—in other words, I needed to reconnect with my foundational values and the self-care practices that anchored me in my truest version of myself. It was from this epiphany (and a ton of introspection that would follow) that Kindred Lane was born. Now, I have the privilege of helping leaders, especially those going through the kinds of transitional periods I experienced, reconnect with the neglected parts of themselves and ultimately live a more well-rounded life, both inside and outside of the office. I’m on a path that is deeply fulfilling, with a personal mission that nourishes my soul.

What have been some of the biggest challenges and pitfalls you’ve helped your clients navigate?

I believe that one of the greatest challenges we all face in life is finding a sense of peace and fulfillment. We all have different roles that we play every day—a leader, a parent, a spouse, a friend—and it’s my goal to help people not just achieve balance between these roles, but abundance. This can be an exceptionally delicate task with our clients because many have invested so much of themselves in their careers but at the expense of their personal lives and their own well-being. This space of regret and sacrifice can be very difficult to face, which is why so many of us avoid it entirely and continue to pour everything into work, past the point of depletion. However, when Kindred Lane clients embark on their journeys of personal growth and holistic well-being, they are able to unlock possibilities they never before imagined. And none of us can make this journey alone, which is where our name comes from; we need kindred spirits to support us on this journey of growth. We act as a guide – coaching, challenging, listening, and reflecting with our clients so they can walk their own unique, meandering paths towards reconnection with their authentic selves. Though this process is the most challenging thing I help my clients navigate, witnessing this transformation is also the most rewarding.

What do you think is the single most important quality in an entrepreneur?

I believe it’s the ability to slow down. It’s easy to become consumed by the relentless hustle and bustle of daily life, but this often results in us neglecting our own well-being. The needs of our businesses, along with our ability to have a greater impact on the world, suffer in the process. When there are a million and one things to do—and as entrepreneurs, there always are—we often end up spreading ourselves too thin and losing sight of the bigger picture. I myself used to operate by always striving to go faster and take on more, but it wasn’t a sustainable pace. I felt as if I was frantically jumping from one branch of my ‘tree’ to another—from work to motherhood, with no time for myself in between. From this and through a pivotal time of soul-searching and self-care, I realized that slowing down is actually one of the best things you can do, not only for your personal growth but for the success of your business and the lasting positive impact you can have in the world. I think oftentimes entrepreneurs interpret “slow down” as “stay still,” but in reality, slowing down is about giving yourself the space to recharge, allowing your creativity and passion to flourish.

How do you prioritize self-care and well-being while managing the demands of your business?

I’ve learned a lot from nature. Just as plants grow at their own pace, we too must honor our personal rhythms, understanding that self-care and well-being are part of the same cycle. This understanding has shaped the way I approach both my personal and professional life. I believe in nurturing a work-life ecosystem that is built upon cycles of activity and rest, much like the natural world where everything has a season. For me, spending time in nature isn’t just a form of self-care; it’s a classroom where I learn about patience, resilience, and renewal. Observing how a forest recovers after a storm or how a tree takes time to bear fruit reminds me that my well-being is a long-term investment, not an immediate outcome.

How do you set your business apart from others in your industry?

Kindred Lane breaks from traditional leadership development norms by offering a holistic approach centered on personal growth, well-being, and making a positive impact on the world. Our philosophy, the Wisdom of the Forest®, helps participants reconnect with themselves, others, and nature. We combine an extensive research-backed methodology with immersive nature experiences to help leaders align their strategies for regenerative growth. Our programs enhance creativity, inspiration, fulfillment, growth, and impact. With over 50 practitioners, we create meaningful experiences for sustained growth by providing personalized coaching, team retreats, and custom programs rooted in holistic leadership pillars. Our programming is thoughtfully designed to activate profound transformation at every level: the individual, the organization, and society at large.

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