“What makes Elke a fantastic coach is the special combination of attributes she brings to her client relationships. She’s easy to talk to, she listens to what you’re communicating that goes to the heart of the matter, and she’s able to connect the dots between real life, tools like the Enneagram, and her own corporate experience. She’s an ideal balance of empathy, reflection, encouragement, and pragmatism.”


Elke is a Certified Deep Coaching practitioner and certified coach through the International Coaching Federation. She finds deep fulfillment in using the power of the Enneagram and DCI’s deep coaching methodology to partner with her clients in deepening their self-awareness, unlocking their self-knowing, and supporting them to live their lives with intention. Elke is also a Certified Parental Leave Coach, working with expectant and new parents to navigate the major life transition of becoming a parent.

Along with coaching, Elke brings lived experience as a leader and change agent with more than 20 years of experience as a People and Culture leader in both the profit and nonprofit sectors. Throughout her career, Elke has worked to realize her vision of a world where leading with humanity and compassion are table stakes for organizations. This has meant leading culture transformations, coaching and advising leadership teams, and implementing people-centered organizational structures with an equity lens.

Elke lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, two children, and one very feisty chihuahua. Her happy place is the Oregon Coast, where she marvels in the power and beauty of the Pacific and the old-growth forests at its edge. Elke identifies as a social type 6 on the Enneagram.

Areas of Focus:

  • Enneagram Coaching
  • Somatic-Awareness Coaching
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Parental Leave Coaching



  • B.A, Psychology
  • M.B.A., Organizational Effectiveness

Certifications and Assessments:

  • Certified Deep Coaching Professional*, Deep Coaching Institute (Class of 2022)
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC) – International Coaching Federation
  • Certified RETAIN Parental Leave Coach
  • LHH Coach Training Program Certified
  • Hogan Assessment Certified

*The Deep Coaching Certification Program is a registered trademark of the Deep Coaching Institute.

Contact Information

Location: Portland, OR
Website: https://www.elkekurtz.com/
Email coachingwithelke@gmail.com 
Phone: 503.705.4992