Kate Gardner showcased her superior executive coaching skills as well as her ability to capture an audience during a radical reflection workshop at NYU Stern’s 27th Stern Women in Business conference. The attendees raved about her session - the closing event of a robust conference. They noted her keen ability to motivate audience members to clarify their development goals and identify tangible steps to achieve those objectives. Kate honed in on participants' comments, and many decided to attend the subsequent networking happy hour only to continue the conversation with her. Kate's workshop helped the participants - both current MBA students and working alumni - unlock their full potential. I hope to work with her again in the future.
- Elyse Stines, New York University Stern School of Business
Kate has been our business coach since 2015. She is more genuine and caring than any traditional business coach. She digs beneath the surface to the core of issues we're experiencing, and she will never propose cosmetic fixes to true problems.
Our business is an expression of our lives and our values — it is more than just work. Kate asks pointed questions about our history and our goals — she's read between the lines to truly understand our ethos as owners — focusing us on the future and helping us stay true the the reasons the business exists.
Kate looks for solutions that are effective — but meaningful — and that come from us. She is careful to avoid over-advising, and helps us resolve issues holistically, in a way that's most true to the organization.
Kate cares deeply about her clients, their successes both personal and professional, and isn't afraid to work through serious challenges to uncover the good stuff. Part business therapist, part life coach. We can't say enough positive things about our experience working with her.
– Jennifer G & Mario H, creative studio
As a small business owner I was struggling with the challenge of how to develop my company and brand further. Kate was able to help me identify short term and long term goals and set in place smart business practices. With her guidance and support, I have exceeded the goals we set and as a result, my company has grown significantly in size and efficiency. I am able to focus more on the creative aspects of the studio and give our clients better service.
Working with Kate feels like getting together to brainstorm with a friend. Kate is warm, positive and empowering. Our work together has and continues to be very rewarding.
—Kevin D, Owner, Interior Design Company, New York
With Kate’s support and encouragement, I reached income and career levels I hadn’t thought possible. Through her guidance I was able to ask for and receive a well-deserved raise and VP title. I also gained the confidence to pursue my passion and test out different business concepts of my own. As I move forward, her questions continue to help me hone in on the right opportunity. And with the skills she’s taught me, I know I will be ready.
—Stacy C., Vice-President, Fashion Company
Kate has been an indispensable collaborator to me as an entrepreneur and owner of a startup. She 'gets' the creative brain and temperament. She continues to guide, direct and inspire me as my venture grows in success and profitability.
—Alexis P., Owner, Photo & Video Post-Production Company
Coaching with Kate has been the most productive time I’ve ever spent. At the start of my journey, I was trapped in a cycle of personal and professional chaos. Kate provided me with much needed clarity and direction. The breakthroughs that I experienced have had a profound impact on my career and my life. Sensitive and insightful, her positive approach to life is refreshing, and I left each session feeling optimistic and motivated. Every meeting with Kate lead to a deeper understanding of my strengths and abilities, and I began to develop my own set of internal tools to meet life's challenges with increasing ease. Thanks to her, I have finally learned to get out of my own way. She helped me break free from stubborn habits and self-imposed barriers, and enabled me to conquer negative thoughts. She challenged me to think more creatively. Most importantly, she guided and kept me focused in honoring the truest expression of who I really am. One year later, I’m the happiest and strongest I’ve ever been.
Kate is an incredible coach, and I highly recommend her to anyone in need of motivation, guidance, clarity, and inspiration. She has been a wonderful, positive influence in my life, and for that I will be forever grateful. Thank you Kate, you are one of a kind!
—Nicole S, Chief Operating Officer, Tech Start-up
Kate took me gently but firmly by the hand. With utter clarity and kindness, and without judgment, she helped me take the steps I needed to get on solid financial footing. My business had its most successful year last year, and, for this first time, I have peace of mind.
—Richard M, Interior Designer
Working creatively with Kate’s insightful suggestions, I’ve reached heights I only dreamed of. Our collaboration is a critical component of my success in improving the quality of life for older persons globally. My big vision can sometimes leave me feeling overwhelmed. But Kate breaks it down into achievable steps. Together we create alternate routes past roadblocks, evaluate (and perhaps, discard) cherished assumptions, and chart a course that is always evolving. She kicks my butt when needed—but her smile assures me of her unwavering support. Speaking at the United Nations on behalf of older persons and playing a key role in the inclusion of the concerns of older persons in the UN’s adoption of Sustainable Development Goals are some of my high water marks. With Kate’s continuing guidance, I’m confidently taking on the challenges ahead.
—Jack Kupferman, President, Gray Panthers NYC Network
I hired Kate, to help guide me with launching my fashion line. She was able to problem solve and keep me on track, meeting all of my goals and deadlines not only for my own business, but gave great advice on issues at work and in my personal life. She helped me do exactly what I needed to do, asked me the right questions, and helped me overcome all obstacles along the way. Even after working with her, she still keeps in touch to make sure everything is going smoothly and is always checks-in. I recommend her to everyone I can!
—Asma I, Fashion Designer and Social Entrepreneur
Kate helped me to see myself as a valuable leader with an important mission. And, she gave me the tools to be that leader. My colleagues noticed the change immediately, and I started to get unsolicited job offers. Within a year, I got my dream job complete with the executive status I wanted and a 43% salary increase! And, within three years, I was up another 25%. I never imagined I could be this gratified and happy in my career. Thanks, Kate!
—Mary M, Agency Director