Meet Kate Cockrill

Career Coach Kate CockrillMy career started with a vision to change the world into a more inclusive, fair and healthy place for all people.

After getting a Master’s in Public Health from UC Berkeley, my passion for making a difference in the world took me on a journey from academic research, to nonprofit leadership and healthcare advocacy.

Along the way, I…

  1. Published over 20 academic articles and a book,
  2. Founded and ran an award-winning nonprofit,
  3. Was featured in Elle and Cosmo magazine,
  4. Fundraised over 2 million dollars for women’s health advocacy and research,
  5. Consulted with dozens of NGO’s.

But as my career progressed I noticed a pattern.

The thoughtful & committed professionals, leaders and teams I met were achieving only the most occasional success. And even these successes were coming at a great cost.

Everywhere I saw:

  • Constantly shifting strategies and priorities;
  • Environments full of scarcity and competition;
  • Professionals who were overwhelmed by the number and complexity of social, economic and environmental crises we are facing;
  • Systems that continued to reinforce oppression including social stigma, racism, ableism and sexism;
  • Meteoric changes in the culture and way we work.

And all of this was leading to: Individual and collective burnout.

Committing your career to making a meaningful difference is commendable…but do you have to wear yourself completely out in the process?

I wanted to discover how people who want to make a difference can thrive at work. Is it possible to design careers where we pursue our values and passion without burning out?

Cherine Badawi at Thrive Consulting

“Kate is a brilliant and creative thought partner and strategist. I was particularly struck with her ability to navigate complexity, consider and design process around the needs and interests of a very diverse group of stakeholders, and manage conflict when it arose. Her ideas, energy, results-oriented drive and inspirational leadership were foundational to our success.”

Cherine Badawi at Thrive Consulting

How can we design careers where we can thrive without giving up on our values and passion?

I sought mentorship & training from experts and effective social justice and social enterprise leaders, I became certified in transformational coaching (Leadership That Works), facilitative leadership (Interaction Institute for Social Change and Rockwood Leadership Institute) and change management (APMG).

I have learned the key strategies to help professionals and leaders, who care about making a difference, design careers where they can thrive.

I’ve worked with dozens of coaching clients to design careers where they can THRIVE by:

  1. Pursuing their passion without sacrificing their well-being;
  2. Maintaining focus on the essential so they can make progress on their goals;
  3. Naming and understanding their experiences with oppression to help heal themselves and the world;
  4. Cultivating mindfulness, gratitude and presence with themselves and others;
  5. Create abundance and financial security for themselves and the people they love.

I’ve worked with businesses, foundations and nonprofits to:

  1. Create healthy workplaces that are resilient to burnout.
  2. Establish policies and practices that promote healthy feedback and employee growth;
  3. Name and actively dismantle systems of oppression including white supremacy, ableism, homophobia and transphobia;
  4. Build sustainable partnerships and coalitions to forward progressive change.

Here’s how I Thrive:

  1. Caring for myself and my time.
  2. Using my gifts to help people improve their lives and careers.
  3. Showing up for my people & my community.
  4. Standing up for my values.

“I was drawn to Kate because of how her own career was so values and mission aligned – a benchmark which I aspire to. She coached me through a shift from freelance to full time work and helped me to be rooted in my values.”

Elana Hutter, Executive Producer at R/GA Ventures

Quote from Elana Hutter, Executive Producer at R/GA Ventures

What’s the secret?

Career Coach Kate Cockrill

When things get out of balance, I’ve learned to ask for help & show up willing to change.

Navigating transition is familiar territory for me. My family moved 14 times before I turned 18 – so I learned at a young age the joy and pain of being the new kid on the block. Novelty, excitement, adventure and experimentation on the one hand, but on the other being that new kid in the lunchroom with a tray full of food and nowhere to sit.

Even the changes we are running towards with open arms can get uncomfortable pretty quick. So when I work with coaching clients and teams I strive to create a sense of safety and possibility, especially those who feel they are new to the party or on the outside trying to break in. This creates a foundation for the growth and courage that helps people thrive in their lives and at work.

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