Welcome to Ellia Communications! I’m Kathy Caprino, and I’m happy you’re here. I’d like to share a bit about my personal story that prompted me to create Ellia Communications, and serve women to achieve breakthrough in their lives and work.
MY PERSONAL STORY
Briefly, I was a corporate marketing executive and spent 18 years in corporate life. In the beginning, it was exciting and rewarding, and I enjoyed it. But as I approached 40 years old, things began to change. I was outwardly very “successful,” but inwardly I struggled. My work began to feel false and inauthentic to me much of the time, and work-life balance was unattainable. I couldn’t speak up truthfully or be my true self. I got sick frequently, was exhausted and drained much of the time, and my work didn’t feel meaningful or positive in the world.
I knew I needed outside help to reinvent my career, and reached out to get it, through working with a therapist, career counselor and mentor, etc. But nothing moved me forward to make the changes I needed to. I then began to experience all twelve of the “hidden” crises I write and speak about, including chronic illness, discrimination, financial struggle, feeling like I was wasting my real talents, missing my children’s lives, and longing to do something of greater meaning to me in my worklife.
Finally, after a brutal layoff in the days following the attacks of 9/11, I made a decision to reclaim my life. I decided to help people, and not hurt and be hurt. I earned a masters degree in marriage and family therapy, trained as a coach, and began speaking to women around Connecticut about thriving through life change. I was astounded at what I found, which was that 9 out of 10 working women I spoke with were as miserable as I had been. I decided I needed to understand why, and to be part of the solution.
So I conducted a yearlong national research study on women overcoming professional crisis, which culminated in my book Breakdown, Breakthrough about the 12 “hidden” crises working women face today and how to overcome them. And I launched Ellia Communications. I’ve learned a great deal in the past nine years — about corporate America, worklife challenge, midlife, transition, breakthrough, and the brilliance and courage of women today.
I now love my work, and am supremely fulfilled by it. Of course, it’s not without its challenges and bumps, but I’m passionately committed every day to helping other women achieve breakthrough – in their work, businesses and in their lives.
If you are longing for greater success and fulfillment in your life and work, I hope you’ll reach out. Call me at 203-834-9933 or email me at email@example.com I’d love to be of service to you.
Are you a working woman longing for more, better, or different? You’re not alone.
|Longing for a more meaningful and purposeful career|
|Ready to step up to greater financial success, authority and power|
|Experiencing success now but want to reach the next level|
|Contemplating going into business for yourself and need some guidance|
|Desiring to use more of your natural talents and skills|
|Needing greater work-life balance and control over your time|
|Clear that what you are doing isn’t right for you, but are unsure of what is|
|Sure that you’re meant for “bigger” things?|
7 out of 10 working women are facing a major crossroads in their lives, and over half don’t know what to do about it.
But you CAN achieve breakthrough – in your life and work, relationships, and in yourself – to create life and work as you truly want it.
What We Do:
For working women who want to shift to doing more of what they love with greater success and reward, Ellia provides top-level career coaching and leadership/executive consulting, workshops and resources that help women achieve breakthrough to work as they truly want to. Unlike other career coaching firms, Ellia helps you take both the inner and outer steps required to bring about the success you long for most. We are also dedicated to helping employers revise their work cultures so they may support women and men equally to reach their highest potential.
Working with Kathy, you’ll be able to see and remove blocks to your success, and gain self-mastery to redirect your career and business to achieve more passion, power, and profits — and joy.
Founder/President, Kathy Caprino, M.A. is a nationally-recognized women’s work-life and career expert, speaker, and author of Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose. Kathy is a former corporate VP, trained psychotherapist, seasoned career coach, and sought-after writer and speaker on women’s issues. A ForbesWoman, Huffington Post and AARP blogger on women’s career topics and trends, she is a top media source, and has appeared in more than 100 leading newspapers and magazines and on national radio and TV. Kathy is also the Founder of The Amazing Career Project – a career success group coaching and training program for women who want to build exciting, rewarding and successful careers of significance.
In working with Kathy and Ellia Communications, you’ll be guided toward inner and outer breakthrough. Breakthrough transforms you and catapults you to a new, exciting professional level – giving you new access to power and clarity to reclaim the direction of your business and career, and work successfully on your terms.
The Meaning of “Ellia”:
“Ellia” comes from the French word “elle” (meaning “she”) – and represents the power, wisdom, and vital role and impact of women the world over. Ellia is also named for Kathy’s two children — Julia and Elliot. Why “Communications” – because Kathy believes everything is communication – we can’t NOT communicate. The key to a satisfying life is understanding who you are in the world, and communicating and sharing who you are in powerful ways that serve others and the world.
The Ellia “Five”
Ellia Communications offers coaching and consulting programs that help you achieve breakthrough in five key areas:
1. Gaining Fulfillment, Success and Ease in Your Professional Life and Career
Discovering where your blocks to success and fulfillment are, and closing them Embracing your true visions for the next chapter of your life and career Moving forward to achieve them
2. Finding Right/Meaningful work
Identifying what that is for you (your own business, a shift in your situation, a new job or career, etc.) Aligning life purpose with work focus Helping you achieve your desired work and career changes, through expert marketing, consulting and coaching guidance Work/life balance
3. Fostering Healthy, Empowered Relationships
Strengthening your primary relationships Connecting more deeply with family, friends, and other supporters Gaining support and collaboration at work – with staff, peers, managers, and leaders
4. Achieving Self-Esteem and Confidence
Finding your voice and reconnecting to your self-esteem Strengthening boundaries Increasing self care and well-being
5. Developing a Healthy Career and Money Mindset
Restoring balance and power to your relationship with money
Click here for more about Ellia’s coaching services and programs.
Ellia Communications has served clients in these industries…
|Advertising, Media, Sports, Entertainment and Fashion|
|Authors, Writers, and Literary Agents|
|Composers and Performers in Film, Radio, and TV|
|Entrepreneurs and Small Business owners|
|Financial Service Providers (Insurance, Banking, Financial Planning, Hedge Funds, Investment Advisors, Business Brokers, M&A)|
|Healing and Health Practitioners|
|IT and Technology Service Providers|
|Medical Technology and Health Care Providers|
|Real Estate Development, Management and Sales|
|Retail and Fashion Industries and Stores|
|Retreats and Day Spas|
|Scientific and Pharmaceutical Research|
|Web Site Developers and Designers|
|Women’s Leadership and Development Organizations|
|Fortune 100 Companies|
…And among these organizations:
|Society of Women Engineers|
|London Business School|
|CT Women’s Business Development Council|
|Work Her Way|
|National Association of Professional Women|
|NYU Medical Center|
|Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation|
“Breakthrough means accessing new fulfilling ways to live and work as you truly want to, from your highest self—with authenticity, clarity, and purpose.” – Kathy Caprino
Kathy Caprino, MA, is a nationally-recognized women’s work-life and career expert, speaker, and author of Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose. A champion for working women, Caprino is a trained psychotherapist, specialized career and executive coach, and sought-after writer and speaker on women’s issues. She is founder and president of Ellia Communications, Inc. and a former corporate VP, who today openly shares her own story of breakthrough and transformation.
Kathy’s book Breakdown, Breakthrough reveals the key findings from her yearlong national research study—identifying the 12 “hidden” crises of professional women, including chronic health problems, failure to find work-life balance, and painful losses of the “real me.” It also shares 14 deeply personal stories—her own included—and shows how women are overcoming crises of personal and professional identity. Additionally, the book introduces a hands-on holistic model for breaking through: powerful and achievable solutions and specific advice and tips.
Drawing on her national research, coaching and therapeutic training, and business experience, Kathy assists her clients – through one-on-one and group coaching, workshops and seminars, to successfully overcome challenges and blocks, close their “power gaps,” and step up to their expansive future visions so that they may live and work as they long to.
Kathy works with individual and corporate clients both nationally and internationally. She is a frequent invited speaker and seminar presenter in the areas of women’s empowerment, overcoming adversity and challenge in the workplace, personal branding, and navigating successfully through transition.
Kathy is Founder/President of Ellia Communications, Inc. and the Amazing Career Project, former co-founder and partner of Living in Harmony—The Center for Emotional Health in CT. She is also serves as a contributor to Forbes.com, 85 Broads, CT Women’s Business Development Council, More.com, and other women’s organizations.
Previous to owning her own coaching firm, Kathy achieved a successful 18-year corporate career in the publishing, book club and membership services industries, serving in Director and VP roles in marketing, product development, research, and product management.
She received her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University, her B.A. from Boston University, and earned other educational certifications and training from New York University, University of London, and the Institute for Life Coaching Training. Her coaching business is based in Wilton, CT. She lives with her husband, renowned jazz percussionist Arthur Lipner (www.arthurlipner.com), and their two children in Fairfield County, CT.
Kathy has several areas of specialization as a woman’s career and success coach and work-life expert, author, and speaker:
Career Reinvention, Success and Growth
Drawing on insights learned from on her own high-level executive career, national research with women, coaching and therapeutic training, and nine years of coaching over 10,000 professional women globally, Kathy is an expert on career issues and trends for women. She has a unique lens into the lives of working women, and has developed a powerful five-step model for change that guides her clients to achieve greater success, fulfillment and reward in their professional lives. She understands the 12 common challenges a majority of women face in professional life, and helps them overcome these once and for all.
Kathy has recently launched a major career success coaching program called The Amazing Career Project designed to help women ages 30-55 build exciting, rewarding and successful careers of significance.
Kathy works with women of all ages help them break through their challenges and achieve greater power, purpose, and fulfillment. As a former corporate Vice President who lived through these 12 crises herself, and successfully reinvented her life and work, she truly “wrote the book” on breaking through to abundant success in life and work.
The 12 core challenges Kathy helps women overcome:
|Suffering from chronic health problems|
|Suppressing parts of yourself|
|Stifling your “voice”|
|Struggling to “win” in crushing competition|
|Feeling trapped by financial fears|
|Wasting your talents|
|Longing to help others|
|Lack of certainty about what you really want in your career|
|Failing to balance life and work|
|Doing work that isn’t you|
Taking Your Talents and Gifts Public
Kathy has been an active performer and vocalist for over thirty years, and performed on numerous recordings and at appearances at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, SONY Recording Studios, other prominent venues. She has also performed and recorded with her husband, renowned jazz percussionist Arthur Lipner. As an accomplished singer, writer, and speaker, she coaches others who wish to bring forward their creative talents and abilities into the forefront. She also coaches speakers who wish to present with confidence, command and charisma and power up their public speaking to make a lasting positive impression on the audience.
Samples of Kathy’s recordings:
|Kathy Caprino and Arthur Lipner – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (Malletworks Music, 2009)|
|Theme Song for The Momference, Composed/Produced by Arthur Lipner (2007)
Listen to Kathy’s background vocals (mp3 format)
|Listen to Kathy (in ensemble background vocals) on Liza Minnelli’s single “The Day After That” (1993 SONY Music Entertainment)|
|Listen to Kathy on “Warm” (Portraits in World Jazz, Arthur Lipner and the World Jazz Group, Jazzheads, Inc., 1998)|
|Listen to Kathy on “Four Brothers (radio edit) Brasilian Vibes, 2010 Malletworks Media||Listen on Itunes|
|International Study Program, University of London, England (1980)|
|B.A., Boston University, Boston, MA (1982)|
|Publishing Certificate, Publishing Institute, New York University (1982)|
|M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT (2005)|
|Foundational Coaching Training, Institute for Life Coach Training (2005)|
|Life Purpose Institute Facilitator Training, 2007|
|Researcher, Women Overcoming Professional Crisis: Finding New Meaning in Life and Work, in association with The Esteemed Woman Foundation|
|REIKI Level I, II and Master Certification|
|Facilitator, NY Disaster Counseling Coalition, NY, NY|
Past and Current Professional Affiliations:
|President, Ellia Communications, Inc., CT|
|Co-Founder, Living in Harmony LLC–The Center for Emotional Health, CT|
|Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy|
|Member, Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy|
|Board Member and Membership Committee Chairperson, International Coach Federation-CT Chapter (2004-5)|
|Member, International Coach Federation|
|Facilitator, New York Disaster Counseling Coalition|
|Contributor, Women at Work Network (www.womenatwork.com)|
|Facilitator, Women’s Business Development Center, CT|
|Contributing Expert, Smart Women’s Coaching Café (www.smartwomenscoaching.com)|
|Member, Entrepreneurial Woman’s Network|
|Member, eWomen’s Network|
|Expert Contributor – Work Her Way|
|Expert Contributor – 85 Broads|
|Contributor – Forbes.com|
For an updated look at recommendations and testimonials about Kathy’s work, visit her LinkedIn profile.
“Kathy is a inspiring, dynamic and caring women. She shines when she is speaking about her passions, especially in assisting women to find their more authentic self. She is positive and insightful and a treasure to have as a friend and colleague”
Heather Ehinger, Student, Fairfield University
worked directly with Kathy at Ellia Communications, Inc.
“I hired Kathy for resume coaching and received far more ROI than expected. Kathy utilizes her breadth of skills and experience as a senior business executive, professional coach and therapist to quickly illuminate underestimated strengths and identify self-limiting mental roadblocks. She is equally compassionate and focused, emotionally supportive and sensitive to budget constraints; her response time is also record setting. She’s a brilliant asset for anyone looking to move forward in career and life in a more self-empowered and joyful way.”
hired Kathy as a Career Coach in 2008
“Kathy is a gifted coach and speaker, and her book, Breakdown, Breakthrough, clearly establishes her as an expert in helping people bring passion to their work. Kathy will help any company develop more effective workers and any individual find deeper purpose in their work and lives.”
Noah Blumenthal, President, Leading Principles, Inc.
was with another company when working with Kathy at Ellia Communications, Inc.
“Kathy is a people-person — respected by her Trilegiant peers as a smart, proactive leader. She approached everything and everyone with an open mind and positive energy. It is a remarkable achievement that in less than seven years she has accumulated the knowledge and the experience to author a book and create a thriving practice as a life-change coach for women. Kathy can truly say “she wrote the book”.”
Margie French, Vice President Product Management, Trilegiant
worked with Kathy at Ellia Communications, Inc.
“Kathy is simply brilliant as a Work -Life Coach! At a critical time in my Career, when I needed a 10,000 ft view, Kathy was brilliant! She helped me navigate the transition out of a 13 year career at a Corporation into my own business..It was successful and 100%on target! She is probably one of best!!”
hired Kathy as a Career Coach in 2008, and hired Kathy more than once
“Kathy is exceptional at assessing individual needs. Always supportive, she provides just the right guidance and encouragement to overcome obstacles and/or challenges. The result is a tailored road map that is realistic and applicable.”
Laurie Howlett, Vice President Marketing, Fortune/Fortune Small Business Group
was with another company when working with Kathy at Ellia Communications, Inc.
“Kathy and I collaborated on a companion audio CD to her book “Breakdown, Breakthrough” coming out in 2009. I find working with Kathy to be a real joy: she is organized, smart, insightful, inspiring, and (perhaps most important) a LOT of fun.”
Deb Hiett, Owner, Sweet Biscuit Productions
worked directly with Kathy at Ellia Communications, Inc.
“Kathy is a personal trainer for the mind, body, and soul.”
- Norwalk, CT client, March ’03
About “Professional Women Reinvented” Workshop for IBM Women’s Diversity Network:
“I enthusiastically recommend having Kathy Caprino visit with your groups. We hosted her today, and she was very well received by our group. Kathy presented key findings from her national study involving women overcoming professional crisis and coached us on ways to avoid professional crisis. Our group spoke candidly with Kathy over a lunch roundtable. I have received a lot of positive feedback regarding Kathy’s visit. Overall, it was a very insightful experience.”
“We are still talking about your visit on Friday! Thank you again for sharing your experiences and advice with us. I have been beating the drum with other networking groups around the company. I think you will hear from other IBMers soon.
“Please accept my belated note of thanks. You did a terrific job! I have heard nothing but positive feedback. You have a way of reaching each audience member. I think each participant internalizes your message and leaves with a personal takeaway. I hope our paths cross again, Kathy. I have learned a lot from you.”
“Kathy Caprino is an author, speaker, and life coach. She has a message on how to find fulfillment in one’s professional life. We hosted her in Yorktown and again at our quarterly networking event. She was very well received at both events. I highly recommend her for your highly active and enthusiastic groups.”
– Dr. Michelle Steen, Research Staff Member, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY
I just wanted to say thanks again for spending so much time with our networking team last week. I’ve gotten lots of great feedback. It’s always terrific to get an outside perspective on some of the choices we make and impact we are having in our personal and professional lives. Thanks again!
– Marie L. Wieck, VP, Middleware Services, IBM Global Technology Services
About “Professional Women Reinvented Workshop” for General Electric:
“Just wanted to write a quick note to thank you SO much for your discussion with us last night. I really feel like I learned a TON. You are such a wonderful speaker and have such a connection with people. You seem to have truly found your calling in life! I am planning on buying The Four Agreements book you spoke about, as I’d really like to learn as much as possible about this type of “life.” Also looking forward to your book’s release next year!! Thanks again so much!
– T.S, GE Commercial Finance, Danbury, CT
About Research Study Women Overcoming Professional Crisis: Finding New Meaning in Life and Work:
“The work you have done is just brilliant and your article is so spot on in terms of what women can focus on to make positive change a reality. You are really out there making a difference in the world and that is awesome!!”
– Jennifer Sherman, C.E.C., Certified Business Coach, Trainer & Speake, Envision Coaching, Inc
About Other Recent Caprino Events/Seminars/Book:
“Kathy, it was great to finally meet you. Your seminar gave me a clear understanding of my role as mom and to support me in that role, you provided many insightful examples of cause and effect. I have read through your research summary of women in crisis and change… I would like to have a copy of this when you have completed it. I find your work fascinating and evolving into a wonderful resource for women of all backgrounds.”
– Laura Hughes, President, President, The Riverview Group, Inc., Greenwich, CT
“This work is really wonderful, Kathy. I think that you are making an incredible contribution for those of us who want so much to be in the flow of our lives, to be valued, appreciated (by others and ourselves), and to do what’s best for ourselves and others. I look forward to the book!
– Ina Jubert, Coach, Shaman, Herbalist, Human Design Specialist, and President of Wisdom Happens, MA
“I think this is taking shape in such an exciting way. I can see your book being incredibly successful, and I think the timing is perfect for a program and book addressing this issue.”
– Suzie Galler, President, MUSE Entertainment, and Founder of The Esteemed Woman Foundation
About Caprino’s Empathic Parenting Workshop:
“Most impressive. Patent it, publish it, share it with prospective parents as well as new/current ones. Truly a comprehensive and meaningful workshop. I wish my kids could attend personally. In lieu of that I am sending it to them. I wish it had been available when I was struggling as a parent. At the very least your workshop will heighten the awareness of parents to the incredible responsibility of being a parent. That how a child is raised has such far- reaching ramifications for the rest of his/her life let alone the dynamic of the family while they are at home. It’s truly a great service to both parents and children.”
– Anne Dobbs, Naples, FL Business Owner, Parent, Grandparent
About Caprino’s One-on-One Coaching Services:
“Kathy’s intuitive nature gives her an amazing ability to get to the heart of any issue. She is passionate about helping others and it is evident in her unique approach to coaching. I have watched myself transform over the last several months working one-on-one with Kathy and know that I could not be doing what I am doing today without her continual guidance, wisdom and support. I am grateful for what she has helped me to achieve and look forward to what is to come.”
– T. R. Fairfield, CT
Kathy has this great ability to immediately put you at ease. The sense of trust that I felt allowed me to fully participate in our work together without hesitation – in her presence you are in a safe place. She is empathetic, yet able to cut right through to the heart of the problem to the things that were right in front of me but couldn’t see myself. She is encouraging, sincere, supportive, as well as practical – all of which helped me untangle the options and choices I was facing.”
– G.M. Elmsford, NY
“Kathy sets the stage for you to expand your world and meet your dreams.”
– P.A., Brewster, NY
“I first began my work with Kathy a month ago; prior to that, I would not have thought it possible to guide someone so positively in such a short amount of time. Kathy has helped me become more self-aware and has guided me toward mending my inter-personal relationships. She knows how to direct an individual toward finding his or her own answers which I have not found possible up until now. Kathy’s sensitivity and insight are just two of the characteristics that make her truly gifted in her field.”
– S.I., Norwalk, CT
“Working with Kathy, I was able to see my long-standing issues in new ways that allowed me to move forward and make changes in both thought and action.”
– C.J., Chelmsford, MA