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As an experienced Leadership and Professional Development professional, I had been looking for answers to some deep questions concerning leadership in the corporate arena. Specifically, why there is so much disengagement in the work place (as many studies have highlighted) when there is more focus, energy and training on developing leaders than ever before? I think the answer to that question lies in Kathleen’s coaching model – that our development efforts are focused on the goal and not on the soul. The Raleigh Coaching Academy, under Kathleen’s loving leadership, gives us the permission to be human and therefore, vulnerable, in the workplace. Her program teaches coaching from the heart and helps us to become creators rather than victims in life. If you are a seasoned coach or looking to take your career in this direction, look no further than the Raleigh Coaching Academy. The program is ICF certified and I believe, one of the best Coaching certification programs in the world.

Nicole Olivieri-Schupp   SENIOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT, REDHAT
 Nicole Olivieri-Schupp

Kathleen is an amazing facilitator and she’s created a curriculum at Raleigh Coaching Academy that is top notch! She has the ability to create a space that allows for transformation and that is no easy task, specifically when dealing with the dynamics of a small group. If you are interested in becoming a coach, or are in need of coaching, Kathleen should be on the short list of people to consider working with!

Tim Johnson   VICE PRESIDENT OF HR & RECRUITING, EPIC GAMES
Tim Johnson

Kathleen exudes contagious passion in everything she says and does. She is a true catalyst for others to want to learn from her how to lead their best life, inspiring change seemingly without trying. Raleigh Coaching Academy is beyond what I ever could've expected; it is a wonderful cultivation of all the aforementioned qualities Kathleen possesses, in a way that makes it feasible for students to walk away with a sense of real progress and growth. I have never been part of a program that both teaches you to look deep within and discover yourself in a way that can never be tangible, but also provides the tangible tools needed to act on the person you've become throughout the program - because you WILL be someone different at the end! The way Kathleen runs RCA is unlike any other training or workshop in that you truly feel like a family and will not want to ever lose sight of the relationships built. Kathleen helps her students feel proud, encouraged, supported, and safe. The skills learned and traits discovered are applicable far beyond coaching others - they are applicable in all areas of life. I'm so grateful I chose to embark on my own RCA journey, and know that anyone else able to experience Kathleen's and RCA's wonder will be so happy they did!

Valerie Correale   ENGINEERING HR SPECIALIST, CISCO SYSTEMS
Valerie Correale

I’m not sure it’s possible to love someone more than I love Kathleen and the Raleigh Coaching Academy. From the very first phone call to learn more about the program until this very moment, Kathleen has made me feel like anything is possible. Kathleen is like a symphony conductor gently directing all of the students in her class into perfect harmony with both the ICF core competencies and the authentic heart of a masters level coach training. This is a special program for individuals who are open to exploring deep, personal transformation and learning the powerful and life changing abilities of a skilled coach. I cannot fully express the tremendous gratitude I have for having found RCA and Kathleen. They have both been a gentle, healing balm for my soul’s journey and my professional work. Kathleen is truly a gifted teacher and coach. If you’re feeling called to become a coach, Kathleen is the answer.

Heather Eck SENIOR HR MANAGER, EPIC GAMES
Heather Eck

Completing the Raleigh Coaching Academy course work has been one of the most transformative events of my life and it is largely due to the facilitation and guidance of Kathleen O’Grady. Her team of Certified Authentic Leadership Coaches fostered a culture of shared trust, love, and acceptance. She is committed to seeing the world changed, and if you let her, she will lead you on the same journey.

Michelle Woods   LEARNING COACH, VERNON MALONE COLLEGE
Michelle Woods

Life changing! Last year, I was bogged down with many struggles, both personally and professionally, my life needed attention in ways that I had been ignoring for way too long. I was given the gift of coaching sessions with Kathleen. I knew from our first meeting, it was an opportunity that if I embraced, would help me navigate some pretty rough waters. Through Kathleen’s questioning, coaching, and observations she helped me uncover parts of myself that were lost through the years of being a single parent and working mom. Her authentic style opened up healthier perspectives, fostered new abilities to face fears, helped me develop more self-confidence, and have a more faith-filled life. The sessions inspired me so much that I dusted off an old dream and completed the RCA’s Authentic Leadership Coaching program. I obtained my ICF accredited skills and I am working to obtain the ACC credential. Without the coaching and education from Kathleen this past year would have been rough, instead, it was a year of growth and opportunity. Now I am happier than I have felt in a long time and I look forward to all the wonderful things to come. I will end with the same two words I started with - Life changing!

Helen Ortel   MARKETING MANAGER (FEDERAL SECTOR), RED HAT
Helen Ortel

The best coaching and leadership development experience of my life. I was already a certified coach through iPEC, and I had already launched my own business. I had a lot of doubt and was completely unsure of how to grow my practice so that I could truly transform the lives of my clients. Fortunately, I got connected with Kathleen and the Raleigh Coaching Academy (RCA). After my first day of instruction, I realized that RCA was just at a different level. Over the three months of the program, the personal and professional growth I experienced through RCA was life altering. RCA incorporates references and resources that truly expand your knowledge and understanding of how to be your most impactful coach. RCA is personalized, focused, and remarkably insightful. In three months, I got more than I did through any other coaching or leadership development program. Furthermore, I was truly impressed by the facilitation and peer to peer coach training. The focused and timely feedback was both challenging and constructive. Kathleen's facilitation of group coaching and instruction was extremely thought provoking. I step off into the entrepreneurial world with the confidence to create my future and transform the community of veterans that I seek to support. If you are looking for the competencies to inspire your workforce, lead with passion, or create a new enterprise, the journey for what you truly seek begins with RCA.

Jason Roncoroni, MBA  PRESIDENT AND CEO, ORDINARY HERO COACHING
Jason Roncoroni, MBA

There are few people in this world who are able to create an environment that brings about such a tremendous personal transformation not only in me, but for my cohort as a whole. Kathleen’s presence and passion for bringing out the best in humanity is obvious in all that she does and says. I treasure the experience I had in the RCA Dawson Cohort, because it was absolutely life changing. She has inspired me to inspire others!

Zebrina Warner, MBA   PROGRAM DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE AND BUSINESS
Zebrina Warner, MBA

Authentic Transformation! I went into this coaching program as one person and came out another! This program is truly from the heart and the passion of Kathleen O'Grady at Raleigh Coaching Academy. Through this program, I found my peace, my heart, and my Spirit again which had been lost for many years at the expense of my mind and its ego. I now fully understand the messages and the miracles our life provides. As an authentic leadership coach, I look forward to supporting others with their transformations!

Betsy Walton, DVM   PROFESSOR, VETERINARY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
 Betsy Walton, DVM

Kathleen O'Grady and the Raleigh Coaching Academy helped me to create the life of my dreams. After many years of checking boxes and climbing ladders, I was fortunate enough to not only gain the skills needed to pursue my new career, I experienced a life change that was totally unexpected. Through Kathleen's coaching curriculum, her training format, personal approach, and the team she has developed, I learned more about myself and my gifts than I could have ever imagined. Her authentic inside/out approach to developing coaches is a tremendous gift to the profession.

Mildred Edwards, PhD   PRINCIPAL, ME EXECUTIVE COACHING AND CONSULTING, LLC
Mildred Edwards, PhD

RCA and Kathleen far exceeded my expectations. I came into the program not knowing what to expect but by the conclusion I was blown away by the curriculum and delivery. Kathleen and her associates create a safe space where each student can learn and grow at their own pace. This program changed me immensely and will remain at the center of my personal and business growth plan for the rest of my life. Kathleen’s ability to deliver the material at such a high emotional intelligence level is nothing short of amazing. If you are looking for a life changing coaching program, look no further, you found it.

Keith Crowder   CO-FOUNDER, QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT, LLC
 Keith Crowder

Raleigh Coaching Academy was a life-changing experience for me. Kathleen has a very unique and special gift for identifying talent in others and bringing those talents to the surface even if we are kicking and screaming the entire way ? No doubt I was a stubborn student but she still got me where I needed to be and frankly, I probably still haven’t realized how much I’ve grown personally and professionally from this experience. I am honored to be an alumni of RCA and even more privileged to call Kathleen a friend and colleague. To say she’s amazing is an understatement. I’m blessed beyond measure to have her in my tribe and to have RCA as a support system. I highly recommend anyone who is contemplating life coaching as a career to contact RCA. It’s a tough program so be ready to work hard but the outcome is extraordinary and worth every minute!

Jill Ripper   DIRECTOR, GLOBAL UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS, TERADATA
 Jill Ripper

My experience as a participant in the RCA Authentic Leadership Training Program has been invaluable, both personally and professionally. To enhance the education process you are provided with numerous opportunities to engage in developing personal self-awareness, which is crucial to being an effective coach. I learned so much about myself, what is necessary to best serve my clients and how to offer my services at the highest level of consciousness. Kathleen provides a safe, nurturing and inspiring environment and her insight, experience and passion are “icing on the cake”! There are other certification programs available, but none provide the level of connectedness that you receive at RCA. Finally, one of the most important points is that Kathleen and her faculty walk the talk; they represent all of the concepts, characteristics and traits they teach that are paramount to effective leadership and coaching!

Dina Maloney   CO-FOUNDER AT EPIC COACHING AND CONSULTING
 Dina Maloney

I completed coursework to become a Certified Authentic Leadership Coach through Raleigh Coaching Academy's incredible coach training program. The experience has transformed me from the inside out and completely changed how I see myself and interact with the world. Kathleen has created a coach training program that is truly ground-breaking, and she and the RCA faculty lovingly encourage participants to face the internal voices that hold us back from reaching our full potential - and act as our biggest cheerleaders when we come back stronger on the other side. Kathleen, thank you for loving people for a living. You turned me up a notch, and it feels amazing to move joyfully and authentically through the world again. The work you're doing is game changing. Please don't ever stop! I hope that everyone gets the chance to experience your miracles.

Claire Jefferies   GRADUATE PROGRAM MANAGER, MEREDITH COLLEGE
 Claire Jefferies
George Reichert
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, GENWORTH FINANCIAL

“Kathleen is the coach whisperer. Kathleen encourages her students to open their eyes, expand their horizons and unleash their inner coach. I attended a cohort that included a judge/lawyer, an OBGYN, a University Professor, a high tech change leader, an entrepreneur and a Chief Information Officer…quite a diverse and intellectual group. Kathleen created the space that allowed us to grow as coaches and as human beings, all in 3 long weekends. I am a better leader, husband and friend because of what I learned and experienced at RCA. I look forward to coaching others and if I can provide even a bit of the inspiration that Kathleen has provided me, I will be more than happy.”

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