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 a “Finding Brave” career and leadership coach, writer, speaker, and educator dedicated to the advancement of women in business. And I’d love to share my personal story that prompted me to serve women to achieve true breakthrough to reach their highest and most exciting goals and visions.
Briefly, I was a corporate marketing executive and rose to the VP level, spending 18 years in corporate life, in publishing, marketing and product management. 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, and work-life balance and wellness were increasingly unattainable. The cultures I worked in were often fraught with deep conflict and difficulty, and I couldn’t speak up truthfully or be my true self. I suffered from chronic illness (with painful infections of the trachea every few months for four years), was exhausted and drained much of the time, and my work lacked contributive purpose and meaning to me. In addition, I faced sexual harassment, gender discrimination, toxic colleagues, narcissistic bosses and more.
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 hadn’t yet embarked on a true “finding brave” path). In the end, I experienced all twelve of the “hidden” crises I later described in my first book, Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power and Purpose, including chronic illness, discrimination, financial struggle, feeling as if I was wasting my real talents, missing my children’s lives, and longing to do something of greater meaning in my life and work.
In 2001, after a brutal layoff in the days following the attacks of 9/11, I made the decision to reclaim my life. I decided that I wanted to “help people, and not hurt people and be hurt” as I had been experiencing in my corporate life. I earned a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and trained as a coach, became a therapist and a career and leadership coach and consultant, launched a private practice with two others, and later formed my own business – Kathy Caprino LLC (formerly Ellia Communications, Inc.).
During the past 16 years, I also engaged in delivering career growth training (with my courses including The Amazing Career Project and the Amazing Career Coach Certification) and became a Senior Forbes contributor with my column “Career Bliss,” (36+ million views to date) and an influential voice on LinkedIn and Thrive Global. I began delivering keynotes and workshops both nationally and internationally and have spoken at over 200 corporate and leadership conferences and events, and been featured in over 100 top media outlets as an expert source on women at work, careers, leadership, communication, job search and more, offering effective strategies for thriving through change and taking the reins on our lives and careers to make the impact and difference we long to.
In the past several years, in working with thousands of professional women, I began to see a disturbing trend that my qualitative and quantitative research later validated – that 98% of professional women I studied and worked with directly were experiencing what I call the 7 most damaging power gaps that block women from reaching their highest, most thrilling potential.
My latest book, The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths to Career Paths (which was nominated by The Next Big Idea Club as one of their Summer 2020 picks and consistently ranking in the top 100 audiobooks on Amazon’s “Women in Business” list), explores this epidemic of power challenges in women and shares my own coaching strategies — as well as advice from over 30 national experts in key fields essential to women’s success — on how to close these power gaps for good.
In 2018, I launched a new podcast — Finding Brave — (now a Top 100 Apple Career Podcast) featuring many of the nation’s top business and entrepreneurial experts, organizational leaders, bestselling authors, Pulitzer-prize nominees and winners, creatives, entertainment figures and other movers and shakers who share their unique stories, insights and strategies that help listeners move forward to achieve the success and reward they long for.
At this juncture, my key goal is to help professional women “dig deep, discover their right work, and illuminate the world with it.” And with my newly formed Coaching Team, my firm is able to help both men and women — from fresh graduates to those serving in the C-Suite and everywhere in between — achieve the success and impact they deserve.
I truly love my work, and am supremely fulfilled by it and am passionately committed every day to helping women around the world achieve breakthrough (my favorite word in the English language!) to reach their highest and most thrilling goals and visions – in their work, businesses, relationships and in their lives.
In addition to my professional work, I’m a proud mom of two amazing young adults, a tennis player and active singer and performer, and have sung on numerous recordings and at choral appearances throughout New York City — at Carnegie Hall, in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, at the United Nations, SONY Recording Studios, and also throughout Italy (in a thrilling performance tour with The Wilton Singers).
I’ve also performed and recorded with renowned jazz percussionist Arthur Lipner. (Check out our Meditative Audio Companion to Breakdown, Breakthrough!) As an accomplished singer, writer, and speaker, I coach others who wish to bring forward their creative talents and abilities to the forefront.
I’d love to help you access your bravest, Most Powerful You to experience your ultimate career success and happiness.