Kathy Sparrow is an international best-selling, award-winning author, self-leadership expert, message strategist and writing coach, 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.
She is the co-author of the international best-selling book, Ignite Your Leadership: Proven Tools for Leaders to Energize Teams, Fuel Momentum, and Accelerate Results (Motivational Press February 2017). In her chapter “The Power of Your Story: Discovering Your Why, Dissolving Your Why Nots,” she discusses the momentum that occurs when leader knows their “why,” we have the personal power and confidence 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 seeking the approval of those around us––which many of us do––and ultimately hide the true gifts we posses that we can share with the world.
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” appears in the best selling 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, as well as individuals seeking to have a greater presence in their lives so they experience more meaning, joy, and connection with others.
Currently, she is writing her next book and course, Women, Money, and the Inner Male Connection. Michael Reese, once nominated LA Best Guitarist of the Year and who shared the stage with legends Keith Emerson, of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Mick Fleetwood, a founding member of Fleetwood Mac, and Mitch Mitchell, the drummer who kept the beat for The Jimi Hendrix Experience, is creating the music to accompany meditations for this project.
Kathy is also the creator of two phenomenal writing programs: Blogs, Books, and Beyond for those individuals yearning to begin writing and don’t know where to start or looking to take their writing to the next level. The Legacy Keeper is designed for individuals and business leaders who want to preserve the lessons learned from the triumphs and challenges of life, leaving a priceless legacy for generations to come.
In addition to working in the publishing world for three decades, Kathy has trained extensively in the realm of narrative theory and leadership, with a focus on self-leadership. She studied with Jack Canfield in his Success Principles Train the Trainer program and served several years on his assisting team. She is a also Master RIM® facilitator––which is an evolutionary mind/body tool used to overcome limitations and self-sabotaging behaviors, often associated with trauma. She holds a Master’s degree in English with an emphasis in literature and cultural studies.
She divides her time between San Diego and Manitous Springs, Colorado. Her hobbies are yoga, hiking, fly fishing, and indoor rock climbing. Her website is http://www.kathysparrow.com.