As a leader in business I wanted to have an impact, create value for the organization, and make a difference in the world. I loved building a team and developing those around me. And I had a deep desire for less stress and more joy.
As an executive coach, I support leaders and leadership teams to deliver extraordinary results and do meaningful work by bringing out the best in themselves and their teams. My clients get the feedback, support, perspective, and skills they need to lead effectively and joyfully. And they learn practical mindfulness—how to pause in the moment and lead from choice and possibility; they choose who they’re called to be, to lead others to what is possible.
Kate Harper is a leadership development expert and executive coach committed to the development of extraordinary leaders. She’s a master at creating space for the inner shifts that lead to new insight, new behaviors, and new results. Clients remark on Kate’s ability to quickly get at what is most important while bringing out each person’s unique abilities. Her work is practical and powerful.
Kate began her career leading large global software projects for Apollo Computer and Hewlett-Packard. Following her work at HP, Kate helped found Peritus Software Services, growing the company from 5 to 500 people including a successful IPO. After Peritus, Kate worked with the leading world experts in virtual teams at NetAge, Inc. Their pioneering work with the Shell Chemicals Global Finance team was featured in the Harvard Business Review. Since 2002 Kate has coached executives and teams to excel in organizations such as Freeport-McMoRan, Sun Life Financial, Monotype, Gentle Giant Moving and Storage, Shell Chemicals, Accenture, Leapfrog Innovations, the Howard County Public School System, and Fallon Community Health Care.
Kate holds a B.S. in Engineering from Swarthmore College, a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, and a certificate in cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu London Culinary Institute. She is a Professional Certified Coach and member of the International Coach Federation, as well as a Transformational Presence Coach, a graduate of the Masters Coaching Program through Coach For Life, and a Master Certified Inspired Learning Facilitator.
A student of mindfulness, Kate has been practicing yoga and meditation for more than 20 years. She is also the co-author of Pause: 52 Ways to Shift Any Outcome in Less Than a Minute, a book of helpful mindfulness practices for leaders.
Kate lives in Groton, Massachusetts with her husband and dog. She loves to dance, sing, travel, cook, and eat beautiful food. She volunteers as a support coach for the TED Fellows Program. Kate’s passion and purpose is to inspire those who inspire others.