My Personal Story
Welcome! I’m Kathy Caprino, and I’m so happy you’re here.
I’d like to share a bit about my work as “Finding Brave” expert, career and executive coach, writer, speaker, and leadership trainer dedicated to the advancement of professional women, and also share my personal story that prompted me to serve women to achieve true breakthrough to reach their highest and most thrilling potential.
Briefly, I was a corporate marketing executive and spent 18 years in corporate life. In the beginning, it was exciting and rewarding, and I enjoyed it. But as I approached 40 years old, things began to change. I was outwardly very “successful,” but inwardly I struggled deeply. My work began to feel false and inauthentic to me much of the time, and work-life balance was unattainable. I couldn’t speak up truthfully or be my true self. I got sick frequently (with a painful tracheal infection every few months), was exhausted and drained much of the time, and my work didn’t feel meaningful or positive in the world.
I knew I needed outside help to reinvent my career, and reached out to get it, through working with a therapist, career counselor and mentor, etc. But nothing moved me forward to make the changes I needed to. I then began to experience all twelve of the “hidden” crises I write and speak about, including chronic illness, discrimination, financial struggle, feeling like I was wasting my real talents, missing my children’s lives, and longing to do something of greater meaning to me in my worklife. In addition, I experienced all of the 7 damaging power gaps that keep professional women from thriving in their work (which my new book, The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths to Career Paths, coming in 2020 from HarperCollins Leadership, is exploring)
Finally, after a brutal layoff in the days following the attacks of 9/11, I made a decision to reclaim my life. I decided to help people, and not hurt and be hurt. I earned a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, became a therapist and trained as a career coach and launched a career coaching practice. And I began speaking to women around Connecticut and nationally about how we can thrive through life change, instead of being flattened by it. I was astounded at what I found, which was that 7 out of 10 working women I spoke with were as miserable as I had been. I decided I needed to understand why, and to bring new solutions to the table for women.
So I conducted a yearlong national research study on women overcoming professional crisis, which culminated in my book Breakdown, Breakthrough about the 12 “hidden” crises working women face today and how to overcome them. And I launched my career coaching and consulting firm, Kathy Caprino, LLC (formerly Ellia Communications). I’ve learned a great deal in the past 15 years since I left corporate America–about work-life challenge, midlife, transition, breakthrough, finding brave, career bliss, and the brilliance and courage of women today.
Now as a career success coach, “finding brave” expert and podcaster, and Senior Contributor on Forbes.com and writer on Thrive Global, LinkedIn and other platforms, I focus intensively on helping professional women “dig deep, discover their right work, and illuminate the world with it.” I love my work, and am supremely fulfilled by it and am passionately committed every day to helping other women around the world achieve breakthrough (my favorite word in the English language!) to reach their highest and most thrilling potential – in their work, businesses, relationships and in their lives.
In addition to my professional work, I’m a tennis player and an active singer and performer, and have sung on numerous recordings and at choral appearances at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, SONY Recording Studios, and other prominent venues.
I have also performed and recorded with renowned jazz percussionist Arthur Lipner. As an accomplished singer, writer, and speaker, I coach others who wish to bring forward their creative talents and abilities into the forefront.
To read first-hand how others have benefited from my work, check out my testimonials page.
If you are longing for greater success, fulfillment meaning and reward in your life and work, I hope you’ll reach out. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org – I’d love to help you tap into your bravest self and finally build your ultimate career success and happiness.
My Official Biography
“Breakthrough means accessing new, thrilling ways to live and work as you truly want to, from your highest and most joyful self—with authenticity, clarity, and purpose.” – Kathy Caprino
Kathy Caprino, M.A., is an internationally-recognized women’s career success and work-life expert, leadership consultant, speaker, and trainer dedicated to the advancement of women in business. A featured contributor on women’s careers, business and leadership for Forbes, Huffington Post, and LinkedIn, she is also the author of Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose and the forthcoming book The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths to Career Bliss (due in Summer 2020). A champion for working women, Kathy is a former corporate Vice President, a trained psychotherapist, specialized career and executive coach, and sought-after writer and speaker on women’s issues. She is the Founder and President of Kathy Caprino, LLC (formerly Ellia Communications, Inc.) and The Amazing Career Project, supporting women to build successful, rewarding careers of meaning and significance.
Drawing on her national research, therapeutic and coaching training, and business experience, Kathy provides one-on-one career consulting, group training, online courses, workshops, leadership seminars and training resources aimed to support women to reach their highest professional visions.
Kathy’s book Breakdown, Breakthrough reveals the key findings from her yearlong national research study—identifying the 12 “hidden” crises of professional women, including chronic health problems, failure to achieve work-life balance, and challenges to building authentic, successful professional lives on their terms. It also shares 14 deeply personal stories—her own included—and provides a 3-step holistic model for breaking through to your highest potential.
Kathy is a frequent invited speaker and seminar presenter in the areas of women’s empowerment, overcoming adversity and challenge in the workplace, effective communication, navigating successfully through change, and identifying your passion and fueling your work with it. She has spoken at over 200 women’s and leadership conferences, Fortune 100 training events, teen leadership forums, and national business and training events.
In her podcast Finding Brave, Kathy interviews top movers and shakers, influencers, bestselling authors, leadership and entrepreneurial experts, creatives, and more, all who are demonstrating their own version of “finding brave” and helping us make the impact we dream to in the world.
As a top media source on women’s career and entrepreneurial issues and trends, she has appeared in over 100 leading newspapers and publications both nationally and worldwide, including the Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Times, SELF, Glamour, MORE, and on national radio and television. For more information, visit kathycaprino.com and connect with Kathy on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.
Prior to owning her own career consulting firm, Kathy achieved a high-level 18-year corporate career in the publishing, direct marketing, membership services industries, serving in Director and VP roles in marketing, product development, research, and product management.
Kathy received her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University, her B.A. in English Literature from Boston University, and earned other educational certifications and training from New York University, University of London, and the Institute for Life Coaching Training. Her career coaching and consulting firm is based in Stamford, CT.