Client Appreciation

  • ALAINA MONEY

    FOUNDER AND CEO, GARMAN HOMES AND FRESH PAINT

    I was referred to Kathleen and Raleigh Coaching Academy about a year and a half ago by a woman in our organization who was being coached by Kathleen. My partner (in business and life) and I own and run several businesses. I pursued coaching because I had some really hard heavy things weighing me down both personally and professionally (a divorce, loss of old friendships, navigating a new relationship, and new work/family/friend dynamics all inspired by my post-divorce life...like I said, heavy). Through Kathleen's careful guidance, thoughtful observations, strategic recommendations and a deep and authentic commitment to caring greatly, I was not only able to overcome the things weighing me down but I was able to see myself in an entirely new way. Kathleen empowered me. Kathleen is a brilliant bright light and she will generously shine it on you so you can discover and find your own light. She reunited me with a part of myself I was hiding underneath guilt and shame. She helped me overcome my occasional bouts of imposter syndrome. She even helped me find the strength and clarity to heal wounds that were torturing me almost daily. Kathleen empowered me to take back my own light and set clear boundaries to move forward. That's just the personal side! Professionally, over the course of my year and a half being coached by Kathleen, our companies have also gone through massive changes. The money we've spent on coaching for ourselves and on leaders within our organization is undoubtedly the best money we've ever spent. Through coaching we were all able to navigate the most difficult conversations with intention and resolve. It wasn't easy, but coaching taught us how to be mentally and spiritually prepared to manage the transitions successfully. Coaching helped us become the best versions of ourselves and taught us to encourage others to do the same. We were able to determine what we really wanted. Coaching put us on the path of manifesting our dreams for the future. Our connection to each other and our businesses has never been stronger. We got here because of Kathleen. The benefits to our lives have been so significant, I've decided to enroll in Raleigh Coaching Academy so I can learn how to unlock the power of coaching within every facet of our lives. I cannot recommend Kathleen or Raleigh Coaching Academy enough. Don't waste another second. Your best life is waiting and Kathleen can help you find it.

  • TONY ROSSI, MBA

    HEAD OF MISSION CRITICAL SOLUTIONS, AIRTIGHT FACILITECH

    Kathleen’s motto is “Authenticity is Contagious” – but when you meet her, you’ll be quick to learn it’s her passion and excitement that will infect you first. If anyone was born to be in a profession, it’s Kathleen as a coach. She is genuinely driven by helping others succeed in life. The legacy of her clients and alumni already are proof of her gift. She’s not afraid to push you, but she does it with love. If you need a coach, or want to be one, Kathleen is the first (and perhaps only!) call you should make.

  • REBECCA HORTON

    CEO, TRESTLES

    Kathleen is an amazing coach. To say that the almost 3 years we spent working together was game changing would almost be an understatement. My work with Kathleen shifted me from a 20-something designer-founder with a bad case of impostor syndrome (who moved to NC with no clients in 2014) to a badass female design industry leader with major vision and the confidence to now be working on my first venture-backed startup (clients post-Kathleen have included multiple Fortune 500s and a Top 5 global university, in case you were still wondering about the impostor syndrome). Kathleen coached me through some of my first speaking gigs, more than one professional breakup, the aftermath of a grey personal relationship that took a disappointing turn, and so much more. Her gift is helping her clients tap into their own creative, intuitive power, rather than in giving them the answers. If you want to live your best and fullest life now, work with Kathleen! She is worth every penny and then some!!

  • TIM TOTERHI

    FOUNDER, PLOTLINE LEADERSHIP

    Kathleen is a sharp, intuitive, results-focused professional coach who teaches an insightful, novel coaching model that can add new dimensions to one’s coach approach regardless of previous training or experience level. She’s a true innovator and excellent thought partner.

  • KAREN MEMMOLO

    FIELD REIMBURSEMENT MANAGER, XCENDA

    Being able to work with Kathleen O’Grady is an amazing gift. Because the passion and enthusiasm for what she does is so infectious, it creates a remarkably productive environment for personal growth. Kathleen has a belief in her clients that allows them to find their own strength and their own authentic path. The intuition that she has for every situation is absolutely brilliant, no matter how serious or mundane a scenario may be. After working with Kathleen, I feel so empowered, enlightened, and ready to forge my path as authentically as possible!

  • KRISTINE SCHEER

    DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & ENGAGEMENT AT CAMBRIDGE CONSULTING GROUP

    The long page of accomplishments and recommendations I just scrolled through in order to write this recommendation for Kathleen says it all. Kathleen O’Grady is a coach and leader and authenticity guru extraordinaire! I came to Kathleen seeking insight and advice when I was languishing in a horrible fit work situation. Through her authenticity-based leadership coaching model, I was able to peel away decades of what I felt I “should be doing” and hone in on my my deepest values, traits and passions. Using 1:1 sessions, exercises (yes, I had some homework to do!) and insightful guidance, Kathleen helped me connect with myself as an individual and to this great universe in which we live. For this I am forever grateful. I love this lady and highly recommend her to anyone seeking coaching, intuitive insight and advice, coach training, or speaking about authenticity, leadership & connection. You’ll see her passion for you and what she does in every session!

  • GIGI STEHPENSON

    CO-OWNER, NETWORKING WOMEN OF THE TRIANGLE

    Kathleen is a game-changer for women coupled with a larger than life personality and I am absolutely honored to know and collaborate with her. Not only is Kathleen a stellar business woman, she offers and shares her knowledge abundantly with her network, proving that her heart and intentions are always in the right place. I happily and wholeheartedly endorse Kathleen, as a mentor, a coach, and a friend.

  • CHRIS TUNSTALL, MSIO

    AVP OF HUMAN RESOURCES, FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF RICHMOND

    I consider Kathleen O’Grady to be an expert in Authentic Leadership and Coaching. We have worked together to provide leaders at my company with information and tools to enhance their leadership skills. Kathleen is a personable, innovative and highly professional consultant that provides high quality work. I highly recommend her for training and coaching needs in the leadership field.

  • CHRISTY JOHNSON

    OWNER & PHOTOGRAPHER, BE TRUE IMAGE DESIGN, LLC

    I enthusiastically recommend Kathleen for anyone desiring authenticity in not just the business arena, but on an individual level as well. I hired Kathleen to help develop a new vision and brand for my small business. She is naturally curious and insightful, which combine to make her a excellent listener and a brilliant problem solver. Working with Kathleen is like sitting down for coffee with a friend. She skillfully guides you through an orderly discovery process and achieves significant outcomes in a seamless and efficient manner. Kathleen is genuine and creative, and I look forward to working with her again in the future.

  • JOHN STANSBURY, DC

    CHIROPRACTOR & HEALER, KEYSTONE HEALING ARTS CENTER, PLLC

    Kathleen is an amazing coach! She has a true passion for what she does and for helping people to know themselves. She brought a very creative and organic approach to understanding my business. Kathleen helped to bring clarity to the business steps I needed to take authentically. I felt I could go pursue my career goals without compromising myself. Outstanding!

  • LINDSAY RUIZ, PHD

    VP OF STRATEGIC CONSULTING, JLL

    Kathleen O’Grady’s courage and assertiveness have become a landmark, for me personally, in the direction of our new generation of coaches and professionals. Her passion for guiding others to succeed and her transformational capabilities continuously make a remarkable impact on individuals and organizations that are fortunate to count on her… including me! Kathleen’s background in communications as well as her expertise in corporate settings allow her to always provide her clients with the most insightful-assertive result-oriented approach. I sure recommend her as the ideal partner for all your business/personal projects.

  • MIKE BROWN

    PRESIDENT, HOOP CULTURE APPAREL

    Kathleen has been amazing to work with. She is very professional and giving. Her knowledge and experience when it comes to dealing with people and their needs both in life and in business is tremendous. She continues to go above and beyond with her services. Kathleen understands the value of a customer and doesn’t look at it a way to make money but a way to change someone’s life. She explained to me that her goal was to set up time frames for sessions and she would get me to a point of completion where she could then mentor me instead of just looking at me as a customer for life and a way to make money. I would recommend anyone that is looking for a job, career change, leadership training or just needs help with life to contact Kathleen, you will not regret it. I can’t say enough about the respect and admiration I have for Kathleen.

  • DAVID WEITZMAN, M.D.

    CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF MEDICAL AFFAIRS & PHARMACOVIGILANCE, DDC CORP.

    Kathleen uses a comprehensive and holistic approach for coaching in leadership. Her approaches assist in a deeper understanding of ones self, and the impulses of action. This gives individuals a deeper understanding of self, and allows growth potential beyond the conclusion of her services. In my opinion, these services are superior to the instructive approach. The investment is insignificant in comparison to the results of her services. I recommend her very highly.

  • STEVE DENUNZIO, MBA

    DIRECTOR OF MBLE PROGRAM, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

    I’ve had the great pleasure to engage Kathleen as my executive coach. Her authenticity and genuine desire to help her clients reach their goals, are both amazing assets she brings to the table. I would highly recommend Kathleen to anyone!

  • KEVIN RAUM, MBA

    OWNER, CORIDIUM ADVISORS

    I used Kathleen as a mentor coach in my pursuit of my ICF certification. I found her to be very professional in all of our dealings. She is also a very good teacher with high standards and a patient and helpful approach. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a coach with a unique blend of skills and experience.

  • MICHAEL SKJOT, PCC

    OWNER, SKJOET CONSULTING & EXECUTIVE COACHING

    I have had the pleasure of having Kathleen as my coach for almost a year as part of the ICF Leadership Coaching Program. Kathleen is an excellent coach with masterful coaching skills. She transform her authenticity and in-depth expertise and passion into great coaching. Thank you Kathleen for helping me in my new role as President for ICF in Denmark. I love your to-the-point-attitude and great sense of humor. You “live coaching” and are an outstanding example of professional coaching and leadership in ICF. I highly recommend Kathleen as a professional coach and leader.

  • BRENT WARD, MBA

    VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, VOITH DIGITAL SOLUTIONS

    Kathleen is one of the most authentic people with whom I have had the opportunity to work. Kathleen’s energy and commitment to her clients is nothing short of remarkable. I had the opportunity to witness her ability to work with, and coax out, a growing sense of leadership and self-esteem from a number of team members I had asked her to work with on my team. Each of them reported to me that they had had some profound “awakenings” in their perception of how they perceived themselves in the world and in relation to the opportunities they were being provided. In a very collaborative, and confidential manner, Kathleen was able to help her clients identify and surface an increasing number of leadership traits while supporting each of their unique needs and styles. I can’t thank Kathleen enough for all of her support and guidance for our team. She is a breath of fresh air.

  • GEORGE SMART, MBA

    FOUNDING PARTNER, STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT, INC.

    According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Waffle House is one of four corporations used to gauge the severity of disaster response. WH has extensive plan for portable power and pre-positioned food and personnel that can mean life or death for thousands of affected people. They also have excellent hash browns, which can be ordered “scattered, smothered, and covered.” You may recall the album by Hootie and the Blowfish of the same name, but I digress. All this to say: if you’re in a professional or career storm, your future looking a bit scattered and smothered with no FEMA on the way and more rain coming, coach Kathleen O’Grady’s wisdom, forethought, and insight is a bright yellow beacon on the highway of life. Welcoming, professional, non-judgmental, and highly intuitive, you’ll never have to worry about your order. And at the end, for the significant value received, you’ll be pleased with the check!

  • PAUL JONES

    ART DIRECTOR, FOUNDRY 42

    Kathleen O’Grady provided excellent insights on advancing my skills as a manager. She provides a no-nonsense approach and its a breath of fresh air, she combines good humor with keen and precise questioning, keeping the meetings super helpful and honest. I’d recommend Kathleen to anyone who really is looking to launch their life/career.

  • PAUL BARTH

    PRINCIPAL & CREATIVE DIRECTOR, GENERATE DESIGN

    Kathleen O’Grady not only knows how to pull the best qualities out of individuals to help them grow, but she also knows how to match up needs with the right talent. Anyone interested in upgrading themselves or their business practices, will definitely benefit from Kathleen’s honest and authentic services.

  • DIANE H. CRAVER

    EXECUTIVE SEARCH DIRECTOR, ACCURO GROUP

    I hired Kathleen O’Grady to help me revamp my website. Kathleen helped me think more creatively about how to authentically describe what I do and the value I create for others. Working with Kathleen was a respite from a very intense schedule as I was also completing grad school and working in my business. She has amazing ideas and also draws out ideas from her clients to create something absolutely perfect for them. What is unique about Kathleen is that she has the ability to create wide open spaces for creativity and focus at the same time. Kathleen is an extraordinary coach, and I would highly recommend her to anyone.

  • LAURA TAYLOR, DM, PCC.

    PRESIDENT, INTENTIONAL VAGABOND, INC

    I hired Kathleen O’Grady as a Branding Coach in 2009 to help me come up with a logo and marketing strategy. I didn’t know what I didn’t know – one good reason for hiring a coach – and my company is in a far greater place because of her work. Kathleen helped me discover and capture the energy behind my company. Though she did not personally design the logo, it is her work that inspired it and her recommendation of a designer that allowed its creation. Some things I liked about Kathleen’s style: She was persistent, but not pushy. In fact, she was very patient. She was flexible and easy to coordinate busy schedules with. She was kind and generous, handing off work to others where she found it most valuable for me (her client). I will continue to use Kathleen as my coach as I continue to evolve my brand and I highly recommend her to others, especially those looking to discover the link between their work and themselves.

  • CHRISTAL ANDERSON, SPHR

    CEO, COSMIC SUCCESS INTERNATIONAL

    Having first hand experienced Kathleen O’Grady’s expertise, I can honestly say that she has a special gift. She intuitively knows the right questions to ask to awaken a person’s outside-of–the-box creativity and to help them succeed at their own objectives. Kathleen brings out the best qualities in a person and is almost more excited than you are when you reach a goal. Anyone seeking to go to the next level in their brand as an individual, their business career, or to simply fine-tune and improve on a current business plan will see great benefits!

  • GWEN EDENFIELD

    PERSONAL COACH, ONEONEONE COACHING

    Kathleen is an exceptional Mentor Coach. The day I hired Kathleen I knew this was a perfect match. I am currently enrolled in CoachU, as a student in Personal and Corporate Coach Training. Kathleen’s approach is based on Authenticity; she shows up filled with passion and integrity providing a place for me to be vulnerable and take risks to be the best of who I am. As we continue to work together I am in the arena of my passion to create lifestyles of empowerment. Kathleen’s intuitive sense is the catalyst in this journey.

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