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Kathy Caprino
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

Are You a Perfectionistic Overfunctioner? How to Finally Stop Doing Too Much and Find More Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 3:05 AM

I recently read a riveting post by Elizabeth Gilbert on "The Best Thing You Can Do For Yourself -- And All The Women Around You" that had me nodding continuously, and sympathizing wholeheartedly with Elizabeth's take on what's going on for so many women today.

Elizabeth sums it...

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The Top 10 Mistakes We Make That Hurt Us The Most

(2) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 12:21 PM

Five years ago, I wrote a post called "My 52 Mistakes" about the worst missteps I'd taken in my life, and what I'd learned from them. At that time, I was compelled to share these 52 learnings, because after living through the pain and struggle that ensued from...

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The 6 Most Paralyzing Blocks Successful People Have Overcome to Be Happy in Their Work

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 3:39 PM

Last week, I had a career consultation with a client that hit me right between the eyes. While I've delivered hundreds of laser-focused consulting sessions in the past, in this one, it was clear in literally 10 minutes why this individual had struggled for 20 years in her work as...

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How Do You Find an Idea That Stands Out and Breaks Out

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 4:50 PM

Working as a career coach for women who wish to make an important positive difference in the world with their work, I find that my clients often ask this one key question: "Kathy, how do I stand out from the competition? How do I get my messages and ideas out...

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How to Build Your Thought Leadership When You Feel You Have None

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 5:42 PM

If you're new in your field, you've no doubt been following the writing and insights of great thought leaders who dominate your arena. When you're just starting out in your new business, or launching a new practice, consultancy, or solopreneurship, it can be very enlivening to follow people who are...

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How Resisting Office Politics Can Damage Your Career

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 7:58 PM

When I was in corporate life years ago, one thing I despised and dreaded more than anything else was office politics. As someone who believes wholeheartedly in honesty, authenticity, and transparency, I felt that office politics were "theatre" -- where people pretended to be something they were not, said things...

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How Choosing to Go Public With Your Life Challenges Can Change the World

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 6:29 PM

I live in a small New England town that is home to only about 18,000 residents. As in many small towns, hundreds of children attend the public school system, play sports, and participate in art and music activities together. And many of the parents see each other daily in the...

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5 Critical Ways to Stay Strong In the Midst of Emotional Pain and Chaos

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 3:57 PM

In late 2013, I was intrigued to watch a friend's article on begin to balloon and reach millions. Cheryl Snapp Conner's post featuring psychologist Amy Morin's insights on "Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid," hit an international nerve and is now one of the most...

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7 Key Behaviors of People Who Make a Positive Difference In the World

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 3:24 PM

Look around you and you'll see three kinds of people -- those who hate their work, and complain bitterly, those who just tolerate their work and see it as a paycheck and aren't looking for more (or feel they can't have more), and finally, those who love their work, and...

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

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 6:12 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 | 9:19 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 | 1:10 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 | 3:22 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 | 4:28 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 | 11:30 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 | 5:23 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 | 12:25 PM

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 | 5:36 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 | 5:32 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 | 7:42 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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