Kathy Sparrow is a self-leadership expert, message strategist, award-winning author, (currently #1 International Best-Seller) speaker, and university professor. With stewardship of people at the core of her message and mission, Kathy is driven by her passion to assist individuals to discover their authentic presence, embrace change with a sense of adventure, and express themselves in all areas of life with confidence, awareness, and courage, using the tools of writing, fly fishing, and intentional conversation.
Kathy is no stranger to overcoming adversity, making changes, and embracing life’s transitions with the curiosity of a child and the wisdom of a huntress–by dancing at her edge–identifying the boundaries of her comfort zone and playfully expanding her horizons by taking safe, measurable actions toward her goals. She models what she inspires her clients to do. She is known for her ability to assist entrepreneurs, individuals in life-transitions, corporate teams, and college students discover their “why” and overcome their “why nots.”
Kathy is an award winning author and message strategist. She guides her clients in capturing the messages of their personal and professional lives that allow them to confidently and courageously express themselves–with awareness–by acknowledging the obstacles they’ve overcome, owning their wins, and sharing their gifts to humanity. Many of her clients have gone onto publish, speak, and be transformative leaders in their own right. She is the co-author of Ignite Your Leadership: Proven Tools for Leaders to Energize Teams, Fuel Momentum, and Accelerate Results (Motivational Press February 2017). Her chapter “The Power of Your Story: Discovering Your Why, Dissolving Your Why Nots”discusses that when a leader knows their “why,” they build momentum to do great things in the world and are able to influence those around them to be more engaged and productive at work, as well as And when the “why nots” are addressed––we can remedy the imbalances created when we’re “trying to be all things to all people”–which many of us do–and ultimately hide the gifts we can share with the world. Representing the global face of leadership, she is joined by ten international leadership experts who met at Jack Canfield’s advanced trainings.
Known as a “behind the scenes secret weapon” to leaders in many fields, Kathy’s chapter, “It’s All in the Cast—A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Leadership” will appear in the anthology The Innovators: Revolutionary Ideas from Today’s Consulting Leaders. Here, she explains how she looks upon fly fishing as a mirror for life and uses it as a self-development tool. She holds the distinction of being one of the few female saltwater fly fishing guides and is the author of On the Mother Lagoon: Fly Fishing and the Spiritual Journey (re-release in early 2017) and The Whispered Teachings of Grandmother Trout (early 2017). Her time on the water along with her studies in leadership have been woven into an innovative leadership program for CEOs and their teams.
She is currently working on Women, Money, and the Inner Male Connection, where she is exploring the barrier to women’s financial security, and the solution to achieving freedom, happiness, and love in all areas of their lives.
As an expert in the power of story to transform and create connection between individuals and cultures, she weaves the power of writing for discovery, problem-solving, and innovation into her programs. A university professor of English, Kathy researched the theories of the master and counter narrative to complete her thesis, Stories that Heal: Building Cross Cultural Bridges Through Literature.
A Master RIM Facilitator, Kathy has the unique ability to see beyond her clients’ individual and group limitations and provide the guidance for them to develop the courage, connection, and compassion toward themselves and those around them to traverse the stormy waters of change so that they can smoothly sail through their personal and professional lives. Participants in her workshops and retreats become more confident in their abilities clarify goals, communicate more effectively, and overcome barriers to their personal and professional success and happiness.
One of the few saltwater female fly fishing guides in the nation, “Captain Kathy” developed nature-based training programs to enlist the power of nature to bring individuals and teams to their “edge” for the purpose of boosting intelligence, focus, and creativity; discovering healthy solutions for real-life problems, and increasing energy and productivity. A lifelong lover of nature, she recognized the transformational power of being outdoors while first learning to fly fish and then guide on the Lower Laguna Madre of deep South Texas, where she co-founded the fly fishing lodge Kingfisher Inn in Arroyo City.
Kathy has presented for the technology industry, university leadership programs, realtor groups, chambers of commerce, workforce organizations, fly fishing conferences, and women’s groups. She has shared her philosophies at the same venues as with Jack Canfield, Dr. Deborah Sandella, Jana Stanfield, and more.
She offers one-of-a-kind, interactive keynote presentations. Her breakout sessions, and workshops require audience participation and include mini-strategy sessions to address the most pressing challenges of your audience. Kathy provides on-the-spot solutions by teaching, training, and transforming the way individuals approach the often overwhelming details of their lives.
Kathy is a guest expert on radio shows and television programs. Her philosophies are featured alongside visionaries who have appeared on Dr. Mara Karpel and the Golden Years, The Brave Woman Summit, Hearts on Fire, and many others. Her ideas are frequently quoted in blogs on Huffington Post and in personal development essays and books written by other experts.
Her insightfulness and ability to see all the pieces of your personal goals allows her to help you design a path to reach the summit of your big ideas, by taking tangible action steps to turn your dreams into reality.
Renowned for her ability to create a safe space for exploration–both within oneself and the world–Kathy helps clients breakthrough the limitations that keep them from experiencing their personal greatness and achieving their highest potential. She employs the philosophy that one must be willing to “dance at their edge”––hat place where one must choose between a life that is known and comfortable and the mission and purpose that is calling them to come out of hiding and be a leader in the world. Kathy studied with Jack Canfield in his Success Principles Train the Trainer Program and is a former member of his assisting team. She integrates the Success Principles into her classrooms, her programs, and keynotes and presentations.
Her mantra is “Show Up, Be Present, and Do What You’re Called to Do.” She models this behavior in every area of her life and creates experiences for those who gravitate toward her and her work to discover more about themselves and their abilities to live a more joyful, meaningful life.
Kathy has worked with individuals from higher education, the airline industry, technology, corporate consulting, medical, non-profits, and beyond. Her innovative vision and consulting techniques have resulted in client success stories that marvel those who witness the transformation of these individuals.
Kathy passionately practices the art of discovery about her herself, her world, and all those who enter her world by modeling dancing at her edge–embracing the areas of life where she is comfortable and expanding these areas with curiosity and the courage to grow her horizons. A lifelong lover of nature, Kathy weaves the importance of nurturing our relationship with nature in her Thriving at Your Edge Adventures and Writing at Your Edge programs.
She is available for speaking engagements, panel discussions, breakout session, training, and motivational presentations. In her “Thriving at Your Edge Adventures,” Kathy uses fly fishing as a metaphor of life, and partners with lodges and guides around the world to create transformative, visionary experiences for individuals, teams, and families. She may be reached at: email@example.com or 619-200-2657. Her website is www.kathysparrow.com. Visit her LinkedIn profile at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathysparrow