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Kathy Caprino
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Kathy Caprino, M.A. is a nationally-recognized women's career and executive coach, leadership trainer, speaker and writer dedicated to the advancement of women in business. Her firm -- Ellia Communications -- offers top-level career, executive, and leadership coaching, consulting, and training, seminars and resources designed to help women discover their right work and reach their highest potential in it. Kathy's new career success video training program -- The Amazing Career Project -- helps women build exciting, rewarding and successful careers they love.

A former publishing and direct marketing executive, Kathy reinvented herself after a brutal layoff in the days following 9/11, receiving training as a therapist and coach, and conducting national research on women's career challenges. Kathy has worked with over 10,000 women across the globe, focuses on helping them thrive.

Kathy's book, Breakdown Breakthrough, presents the 12 "hidden" crises working women face today, and offers a 3-step holistic model for overcoming these challenges.

Follow Kathy on Twitter@KathyCaprino.

Entries by Kathy Caprino

Ready to Shine? How to Start Using Your Natural Talents and Light Up the World With Them

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 5:12 PM

When I was in college at Boston University, I studied Journalism and English Literature and loved books, ideas and writing. I interned at the Massachusetts of Institute of Technology radio news station which I loved, and embarked on a minor in psychology -- understanding how people and personalities develop and...

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6 Toxic Behaviors That Sabotage Your Success: How to Recognize Them in Yourself and Change Them

(14) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 8:19 AM

In my line of work, I hear from hundreds of people a month, and I connect with professionals in a more public, open way than ever before. Through this experience, I've witnessed scores of toxic behaviors that push people away (including me), and I've seen the damage these behaviors cause...

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How Honoring What You Love Builds a Fabulous Career

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 12:10 PM

A few months ago, I was channel surfing on TV and landed on an intriguing show on PBS called "Pati's Mexican Table." Not a lover of food shows by any stretch of the imagination, I found myself somehow riveted to the screen. Pati Jinich was the...

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3 Signs Someone Is Toxic (and 3 Ways to Keep Them Out of Your Life)

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 2:22 PM

One enormous benefit of working with thousands of people each year is that you learn to detect in 10 minutes or less an enormous amount about people -- their energy, how they operate in the world, their sense of entitlement, generosity and consideration (or lack thereof), boundaries, degree of self-love,...

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How to Move From Self-Rejection to Self-Love In a Day (and How a Photo Shoot Can Help)

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 3:28 PM

In my work as a career success coach, I work with women of all ages, sizes and styles, and one theme has become very apparent: women are incredibly tough on themselves, full of self-rejection, shame, humiliation and doubt, particularly about their looks, their weight, intelligence and their worthiness.

I can...

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How Carving Out Time For What Matters Most to You Is a Life-Changer

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 10:30 AM

I'm sure that you, like me, struggle each day to juggle your important conflicting priorities. From dedicating precious time to family and friends, to doing your work well, to focusing on your health and well-being, to using your creativity, to helping others, to getting enough sleep -- there are an...

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5 Traits You Should Embrace to Live Without Regret

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 4:23 PM

Today I had a shock. I heard from a mother of a lovely young woman I had spoken with on the phone nearly three years ago about career coaching. I learned from her mother that this beautiful, vibrant young woman was gone. She had passed away in her home in...

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A New Type of New Year's Resolution That Will Bring Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 11:25 AM

I once read that if you can create a little bit of something positive that brings you joy and success, then you can create more of it -- you can learn to scale it and build on it. I believe in the power of this idea, and have used it...

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5 Easy Steps to Accessing More Happiness and Boosting Your Success

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 4:36 PM

One of the things I love most about my work is that my fascinating, knowledgeable clients teach me things I'm excited to learn. Recently a client shared with me the riveting TED talk by the world's leading positive psychology expert and bestselling author Shawn Achor on

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Don't Become a Survivor: 8 Resilience Behaviors That Help You Move Beyond Trauma

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 4:32 PM

Several months ago, I received an email from a woman named Cheryl Hunter in California who reached out in thanks for my work on Forbes, and to offer something in return. She shared with me her TEDx Santa Monica talk, offering it humbly and generously as...

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How to Change Your Career in 5 Simple Steps

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 6:42 PM

As a career coach, I help women change careers to focus on work they love as well as generate tremendous success and reward. I also help professionals improve careers they have, if that's what they want. On my website, I ask people to share with me their burning...

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How to Avoid the 5 Biggest Mistakes Career Changers Make

(8) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 10:48 AM

As a career success coach and a career reinventer myself, I can confidently say that changing your career to something more suited to your values, needs, skills and passions is absolutely doable today, even in these tough economic times. But to switch careers effectively and achieve a positive...

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5 Signs That You're Ready for a Career Change

(33) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 12:20 PM

As a writer on career issues, I receive scores of emails each month from working people with questions about every aspect of their professional lives and aspirations. Some want to quit, others want to start their own businesses, and some want to be promoted, get a raise, move...

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6 Core Steps to Attracting Your 'Right' Work

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 12:08 PM

This year, I'm offering a series of free monthly success coaching calls to support people with laser focused advice on how to achieve more happiness, success and reward in their lives and work.

Recently, an attendee submitted a question that I've heard many times over the past years. It's...

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The 4 Essential Steps to Launching Your BIG Dream

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 11:28 AM

As I focus more of my coaching and consulting work on helping women achieve their BIG dreams and visions, I've realized that the essential ingredients to this work are helping people understand with absolute, unabashed clarity what their dream is, distill it down to the "right" essence, then birth it...

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The Real Reasons Women Are Not Advancing in Corporate America

(4) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 12:32 PM

As a leadership developer and trainer of professional women, I've spoken with hundreds of HR and senior executive leaders the past 10 years about women, growth, and paving the way for women's ascension to leadership. What remains so disappointing and, in fact, shocking, is that despite the irrefutable...

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Top Three Ways to Move Through 'Stupid' to Stupendous

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 11:33 PM

As a women's career and leadership coach, I work with hundreds of women each year helping them reclaim the direction of their lives and work, and find new ways to step up to their highest potential and most compelling visions. Usually, this work involves supporting my clients in doing something...

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The Top 8 Excuses People Make for Their Unhappy Lives

(32) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 4:35 PM

In honor of the exciting new year upon us, I've been thinking of my many clients this year -- my wonderful, reluctant, often overwhelmed but always resilient clients who've made enormous positive change in their lives and careers this year. It's been a heartwarming experience to watch their lives unfolding...

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Making 2013 Resolutions? Make Change Instead

(2) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 9:19 AM

New Year's Resolutions are promises we make to ourselves about a future vision we wish to achieve, but more often than not, we lack the strategy, commitment, focus and accountability to make them a reality. An Anthony Robbins coach once said to me, "I don't care what my...

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Is Money A Distraction From Your Soul's Work?

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 2:27 PM

A while ago, I met a new colleague who is a renowned energy healer and muscular therapist in my area. We chatted about everything under the sun and moon, and also explored the commonly-held view that "money is a distraction from our soul's work." This view -- that money and...

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