Chris Watz

Chris Watz2019-08-31T07:43:53+00:00


Chris has influenced senior leaders to achieve greater impact in rapid growth organizations for over 15 years. He has experience leading a variety of change initiatives including leadership development, culture change, and end-to-end business process improvement.

For 10 years, Chris managed continuous improvement efforts at World Vision International. He led projects to enhance collaboration, develop leadership bench strength, and streamline resource and information flow across 90 countries.In partnership with McKinsey, Accenture and Booz Allen Hamilton, Chris’s leadership and evaluation expertise helped two industry pioneering projects make critical adjustments to achieve greater return on investment. As a result, World Vision began operating more effectively at a global scale, during a time of rapid organizational growth.

In 2009, Chris founded Watz Productivity, which offers executive coaching, training and program evaluation services to clients. For three years, Chris consulted with the University of San Diego (USD) to better align their business curriculum to the hiring needs of Fortune 500 executives in Finance, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain. He also developed an MBA coaching program equipping students to provide real time feedback to each other at stressful stages of team projects. Additionally, Chris served as Adjunct Faculty in leadership at two universities (USD, UC San Diego).

Current Role

Chris is a Facilitator and Consultant to Ziksana Consulting and is a full time Faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership. He is an expert in the field of program evaluation, maximizing return on investment of change initiatives, and leveraging strengths to enhance leadership impact.


Chris received his M.A. from Claremont Graduate University in Organizational Behavior Psychology and Program Evaluation. He also holds certificates in Project Management, Lean /Six Sigma (Green Belt), and Structured Behavioral Interviewing.

Chris has worked and travelled in 44 countries, and loves rock climbing and photography while visiting new places. He is passionate about helping people find fulfilling careers that help them do the things they love most in and out of work.