Hi, I’m Katherine.
I empower emerging leaders and intentional organizations to foster more fulfillment, connection, and engagement at work.
Over the years I’ve served as a career coach and lecturer at universities including Stanford, UNC Chapel Hill, and The College of William & Mary. During this time, I coached thousands of students and created a variety of experiential learning and professional development opportunities – everything from webinars to group coaching programs to workshops, and more. At Stanford, I really enjoyed teaching courses such as Creating Your Courageous Career and Resilience: How to Bounce Back, along with helping to facilitate the popular Designing Your Life class.
Most recently I served as Senior Manager of Growth and Development at a tech company in the heart of Silicon Valley, creating and facilitating leadership development programs to enhance employee engagement.
I'm an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation and committed to delivering excellent coaching and learning experiences. Feel free to view my LinkedIn profile for more information.
In my free time you'll find me decorating any space that I can, exploring the Triangle area of North Carolina, and practicing yoga.
Organizations I’ve Worked With
AS A CAREER COACH, I’VE ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATED WITH THE STORY BEHIND THE PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY. I’M HONORED TO SHARE MINE WITH YOU.
I was one of those college kids who thought I had my future all figured out. But about a year into my academic journey to study interior design, I realized I didn’t really care about how to perfectly draft a floor-plan or where to put electrical wiring. I spent months flipping through the course catalog and talking to professors to try to find another path that would excite me. After finally deciding to study communication and psychology, I began working at the student newspaper and interning at different organizations. I loved it and couldn’t wait to put my newfound knowledge and skills to work.
But come graduation, life was nothing like what I expected. My university and our surrounding community was suddenly reeling from one of the largest school shootings in history. In an attempt to avoid facing the reality of such tremendous loss, I buried myself in my to-do list. And just like that — without much thought or intention, I took the first job I got doing operations for a tech incubator. It didn’t take long before I quickly jumped to the design team of a healthcare marketing agency. While I enjoyed the work environment, I dreaded the tasks I was doing day-in and day-out. I just knew there had to be more to work. Turns out, I was really on to something.
From there, I made it my mission to help others transform their education and ambition into meaningful work.
My experience at Virginia Tech led me to want to make a positive impact in the lives of college students, so I spent over 8 years in university career services, working with thousands of students and delivering all kinds of professional development programs. I saw the value in taking a coach approach so I obtained my coach certification from the International Coach Federation and began doing career coaching for young professionals on the side.
In 2015, I left a job and team I loved to head west for California. My mom likes to say the family "gold rush” continued because my brother also lives in California and my maiden name is Gold. I was over the moon to be coaching and teaching at Stanford, but I faced what a lot of people do when starting new jobs: imposter syndrome. And boy, was it something. With support from my own coach and further training at the Coaches Training Institute, I learned how to wrangle my inner critic and lead from my strengths. I became more comfortable stepping up to manage projects, create new classes, and take risks. All the while, I continued to coach 20 and 30-somethings on the side, becoming more intrigued with helping these clients thrive as emerging leaders in their organizations.
Many of my clients were in search of new jobs simply because they didn’t feel like their organization supported their professional growth. This got me thinking, how might I help an organization establish a culture of continuous growth for its employees — to help employees be successful where they are?
I left Stanford for the world of learning and development, where I created and facilitated leadership development programs to enhance employee engagement. This incredibly rewarding (albeit short-lived) experience, along with my time as a coach, has opened my eyes to this: what we are all seeking at work is more fulfillment, connection, and engagement. And that takes courage — courage to honor our values, have a difficult conversation, ask for help, take a risk, shift our perspective, step up to the plate, step down from what isn’t working…the list could go and on.
So now my story brings me here, to live out my own courageous career and finally allow what has been my "side gig" for so long to become my "main gig." I’m thrilled to be working with both individual coaching clients and organizations excited to bring professional growth and development opportunities to their team.