Over twenty years ago, I wrote my first mission statement–and that was to be a role model for others to embrace change. That continues to be the basis for my work. As an international best-selling co-author of Ignite Your Leadership, leadership coach, and university professor, I assist individuals in looking at life as an adventure and reaching for their highest potential. And I’m completely transparent when I struggle with doing that by sharing my lessons and how I’ve overcome my challenges in my blogs and on stage. I also emphasize the importance of knowing and sharing our stories. That’s how we all learn–both as the story teller and the recipient of the story.
I am passionate about stewarding the growth and development of those who cross my path. I’m driven by my 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.
I’m no stranger to overcoming adversity, making changes, and embracing life’s transitions. As a mom, domestic abuse survivor, and lifelong entrepreneur, I use the term dancing at my edge to invoke a sense of curiosity and playfulness in making changes in our lives. And I’m transparent about my own struggles when life may catch me unaware or present an opportunity that takes be well beyond my comfort zone.
Most of the time, these struggles appear as “why nots”–all those reasons, excuses, and stumbling blocks that we often put in our own way to keep us from living our “why.” I address that in my Ignite chapter, “The Power of Your Story: Discovering Your Why, Dissolving Your Why Nots” discusses that when leaders 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. 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. This is also the basis for many of my keynotes and workshops.
Trained as Master RIM Facilitator, I have the unique ability to see beyond my clients’ individual and group limitations–those “why nots” 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 my 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
Known as a “behind the scenes secret weapon” to leaders in many fields, my chapter, “It’s All in the Cast—A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Leadership,” which is in the anthology The Innovators: Revolutionary Ideas from Today’s Consulting Leaders, explains how I also look upon fly fishing as a mirror for life. I discovered fly fishing as a tool for self development when I co-founded a fly fishing lodge on the Lower Laguna Madre in Deep South Texas, and became one of the few female saltwater fly fishing guides in the nation. I wrote about this experience in my memoir On the Mother Lagoon: Fly Fishing and the Spiritual Journey (re-release in fall 2017) and in the novel, The Whispered Teachings of Grandmother Trout (fall 2017). My time on the water along with my studies in leadership have been woven into an innovative leadership program for CEOs and their teams, titled, “It’s All In the Cast: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Leadership, Sales, and Optimal Performance.”
I’ve presented for the technology industry, university leadership programs, realtor groups, Arbonne, Mary Kay, Isagenix, chambers of commerce, workforce organizations, fly fishing conferences, and women’s groups. I’ve shared my philosophies at the same venues as with Jack Canfield, Dr. Deborah Sandella, Jana Stanfield, and more.
I offers one-of-a-kind, interactive keynote presentations. My breakout sessions and workshops require audience participation and include mini-strategy sessions to address the most pressing challenges of your audience. I also provide on-the-spot solutions by teaching, training, and transforming the way individuals approach the often overwhelming details of their lives.
I’ve been a guest expert on radio shows and television programs. My 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. My ideas are frequently quoted in blogs on Huffington Post and in personal development essays and books written by other experts.
My mantra is “Show Up, Be Present, and Do What You’re Called to Do.” I models this behavior in every area of her life and creates experiences for those who gravitate toward me and my work to discover more about themselves and their abilities to live a more joyful, meaningful life.
I’ve worked with individuals from higher education, the airline industry, technology, corporate consulting, medical, non-profits, and beyond. My innovative vision and consulting techniques have resulted in client success stories that marvel those who witness the transformation of these individuals.
I’m available for speaking engagements, panel discussions, breakout session, training, and motivational presentations.
I’d love to hear from you, either email or call me at: email@example.com or 619-200-2657. My website is www.kathysparrow.com. Or visit my LinkedIn profile at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathysparrow