Career Strategist and Performance Coach
Matching Talents to Opportunities

Training & Seminar Topics

Learn critical skills and leave with specific tools for career development and workplace success at Kate’s customized training sessions and seminars.

Successfully Marketing Yourself as a Brand

Branding is not just a buzzword – it is an effective tool used to create visibility and accelerate advancement within an organization. Learn how to communicate your value and differentiate yourself from others within your organization.

This dynamic seminar will lay out basic marketing concepts like targeting your market and communicating with your target in their preferred style.

The workshop concludes with each participant developing their own unique “branding statement”. It will clearly illustrate the benefits they provide to their organization.
3-hour seminar

The Generation Gap: Understanding the Dynamics of Baby Boomer, Gen X and Millennial (Gen Y)

Workplaces today are filled with three very different generations of workers, each with diverging values, working styles and goals. Often, this situation is complicated when a Gen X or Y manager is supervising a Baby Boomer.

This interactive workshop will provide role-playing exercises so that participants can experience why the “generation gap” can cause communication difficulties.

Participants will also become familiar with the values and communication styles of each generation. This timely knowledge will help to diminish the conflicts that can arise when these innate traits are misunderstood.
3-hour session

Strategic Planning/Brainstorming Retreat

An unbridled day of fun! You will use creativity exercises and play to help you to get out of your box so you can identify “big hairy audacious” goals for your organization.

The day will begin with Kate’s famous “Pink Elephant” exercise. Participants will be encouraged to anonymously voice concerns that no one has wanted to acknowledge, but might be holding the organization back.

At the end of the day, goals will be prioritized and teams will be created to develop action plans. (This session is most effective if it is done off-site in a comfortable environment.)
Daylong Retreat

Myers-Briggs: A Look at Your Personality and Communication Style

Learn how to communicate better at work and at home, by analyzing your results from the Myers-Briggs personality assessment. The Myers-Briggs is based on a psychological viewpoint derived from Jungian theory.

You will understand what motivates you and others. You will learn how to communicate better with those who see things very differently than you do.

This is a great team-building activity since it helps co-workers understand why they connect more easily with people who have similar profiles and why some people are more challenging.
Role-playing exercises are included that provide practice communicating with team members who have a very different type of personality.
3-hour session

Discover Your Strengths and Thrive

After 50 years of research, the Gallup organization created the Strengths Finder 2.0 Assessment. Over 10 million people have taken this test that gives individuals information on their top five signature strengths, out of 34 different strengths that exist at some level within everyone.

Utilizing these top five innate strengths, which are a combination of talents, knowledge and skills, helps individuals achieve their goals, relate more effectively with co-workers and do what they do best every day.

All participants will take the Strengths Finder 2.0 Assessment prior to the class. The seminar will focus on how to best utilize their strengths to understand themselves and their teams better. Gallup found that people who focus on their strengths are six times more engaged, more productive and are able to thrive personally and professionally.

All participants will brainstorm ways to use their strengths to accomplish their personal and or professional goals. The team will discuss the strengths of the group and how they can leverage them as a team.
3 or 6 hour session

Emotional Intelligence: A Key Factor in Workplace Performance

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the subtle, non-negotiable, tie-breaker that often beats technical skills and overall intelligence (IQ) in determining personal and professional success. Participants will learn to identify their strengths and weaknesses in this important arena. The workshop will conclude with the development of practical action plan that will allow participants to look at their lives, work and relationships in a new way. This seminar is based on the results from the assessment Emotional Intelligence 2.0.
3-hour session

Don’t Get Voted Off the Island: Survive Office Politics

Are you frustrated by the politics at your office? Are you spending too much energy navigating strained work relationships? Are you one of the “silent troops” in your organization, always successfully completing your projects but rarely receiving recognition or a promotion?

This workshop will highlight some key best practices that will help you survive and thrive in today’s competitive work environment. You’ll come away with knowledge of common red flag areas of interaction that can derail your career. We’ll also discuss managing difficult bosses and manipulative peers. Finally, we’ll talk about how to become more visible within your company so that you are able to influence your career progression and spend less time devoted to internal battles.
3-hour session

Career Transitions: Live Your Passion

In your work life, which elements are absolutely non-negotiable? What are you truly passionate about? This workshop will enable you to discover what is non-negotiable for you in creating a satisfying work life.

You will have the opportunity to take a close look at your values, career anchors and the parental influences that you may be modeling or rebelling against.

Results from several assessments such as the Strong Test and Career Anchors will be used in group exercises that will help you clarify your passions. Finally, you’ll develop an action plan with a timeline so that you leave with quantifiable goals for success.
6-hour session (morning and afternoon)
Optional individual coaching can follow this workshop.

Networking: The Key to Personal and Career Success

Are you comfortable with “small talk”? At meetings, conferences and social events, small talk can be an essential and valuable networking tool if you have the right skills.

There are four goals for using small talk: Enjoy the moment, engage in connections, exchange information and explore future business opportunities.

You will learn specific skills for engaging in networking. Also, you will practice a variety of ways to promote your ideas and find out what you are looking for as you network.
3-hour session

Survive and Thrive During Transitions

Organizations are experiencing unprecedented and unrelenting change that creates stress, fear and decreased productivity. This workshop utilizes the groundbreaking work of William Bridges.

Kate will walk you through the stages of a transition and show you how to develop coping strategies. You will also have the opportunity to take a baseline stress test so you can evaluate the factors that are creating additional pressure in your life.
3-hour session