Katy has nearly 20 years of professional experience in human development and experiential learning, as well as expertise in the fields of adaptive and transformational leadership, applied improvisation, change management, coaching, speaking and writing.
A grounded enthusiast, Katy possesses both imagination and follow-through. She is a champion of hard work and intention, is possibilities-oriented and is a catalyst for fun. Her strong spirit allows her to draw on hidden reserves during times of urgency and anxiety, bringing her core of calm to bear on your most pressing priorities. Katy holds the space for you to take courageous action.
Because she sees connections between things that often go unnoticed, Katy is able to better encourage positive, meaningful and sustainable accomplishment. She revels in the unexpected by seeing challenge as a charge. Katy is energetic, smart and freakishly strong.
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Education and Work Experience
Katy attended the University of Denver as a Boettcher Scholar where she was a junior-elect to Phi Beta Kappa and earned Bachelor’s degrees in Communications, Creative Writing and French. She graduated Summa Cum Laude. In 2004, she completed her MA in English, also at DU.
Katy’s early career at the university included serving as the Assistant Director of the University Honors Program as well as holding the positions of First-Year English Instructor, Honors Seminar Instructor, Honors Symposium Instructor and Nelson Hall Faculty Resident. After leaving DU, Katy traveled and worked in Central and South America before joining the Boettcher Foundation as their Director of the Scholarship Program and then serving as the foundation’s Director of Strategic Initiatives. Throughout this time she has coached individuals toward more fulfilling, productive lives and directed major organizational initiatives.
Katy teaches improvisational theater through the Bovine Metropolis School of Improv and occasionally facilitates Applied Improvisation workshops through APIXXI, a Denver corporation specializing in applied improvisation for business. Katy has been doing improv professionally since 2009.
Some of her favorite shows that she’s performed in are the freestyle rap whodunit SuperBaby’s Lyrical Mystery Tour (Think 8-Mile Meets Scooby-Doo), The Heirs of Hogwarts in which the grandchildren of J.K. Rowling’s heroes go off to Hogwarts to have adventures of their own in a fully improvised 90-minute play, and On The Spot, a rapid-fire game show in the style of Who’s Line Is It Anyway? In addition to performing, Katy has served as a host for On The Spot and as a participant in the Denver Improv Festival.
A graduate of The Harvard Kennedy School’s Art and Practice of Leadership Development, The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Denver and The Daniels College of Business’ High Performance Leadership programs, Katy has been asked to speak on leadership development nationally and internationally.
She recently lead an effort to develop a Boettcher Foundation leadership philosophy, and has presented at the Colorado Leadership Alliance Summit, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the International Leadership Association Global Conference in Barcelona, amongst others. She has also partnered with Monash University in Melbourne Australia, the Daniels College of Business, Denver Public Schools, the El Pomar Foundation and the Red Robin School of Leadership.
Katy is a professional Co-Active Coach, certified by the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). She has completed the rigorous CTI Co-Active training and certification programs, which use a broad range of proprietary tools developed by CTI that have been proven as the gold standard over the past 20 years of the coaching profession. She has also completed CTI’s 10-month Leadership program, and serves as an assistant in coach training courses and as a Coach Match Coach.
CTI is the first and largest in-person coach training school in the world, and its training and certification programs are recognized as the most rigorous in the industry. The Co-Active model is based on the belief that people are naturally creative, resourceful and whole. The curriculum covers fulfillment, balance and process coaching, emphasizing the power of insightful questions, fierce listening, artful intruding and holding space for deep learning and courageous action, all in service of the client.
In addition to her BA in Creative Writing and MA in Literary Criticism, Katy holds a Certificate in Publishing from The Denver Publishing Institute. She has taken various professional and intensive courses on the writing craft and has attended the Tin House Writers Workshop, Robert McKee’s Story Workshop and the Iowa Writers Workshop. Katy served on the faculty for the Lighthouse Writers Workshop Youth Program from 2010-2012 and taught literature and composition at the University of Denver from 2001-2005. Her first book is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2017.
In recent years, Katy has turned her interest in narrative toward her trainings, helping professionals hone their stories to connect with and engage their audiences. Effective storytelling can dramatically increase credibility, presence and influence. By creating a narrative with clear purpose and intention, exceptional storytellers help people understand our world, connect with others and achieve maximum impact. Those who are brave enough to tell personal stories and astute enough to know exactly how their stories relate to specific business messages are therefore at a distinct advantage.
Katy is the former Secretary of and currently serves on the Metro Volunteers Board of Directors, working to assist their aim of making volunteerism smarter by empowering individuals and organizations with knowledge and skills to create more effective, engaging and impactful volunteering.
In 2015 Katy was also appointed by the Dean to a four-year term on the University of Denver’s Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) Advisory Board. Nationwide board members meet throughout the year to support and create recommendations for AHSS leadership and faculty to improve students’ liberal arts education.
Katy also participates in various community forums and has volunteered her time reviewing fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, assisting in the design of international workshops and coaching and providing feedback to small business owners and high potential individuals seeking still greater fulfillment and professional accomplishment.