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Catherine Cantey

Catherine Cantey

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

I'm a tenacious connector and recovering banker. After 22 years in banking, I've created a Business Vitality framework allowing businesses to remain viable in today's constant changing world. I'm a wife and mom, and love to creatively problem solve to help clients accomplish their goals.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

The first year I joined, I took a leal of faith and drove to the closest chapter 2 hours away. I met a lady who turned into a friend. We agreed to travel together to NY for one of Ellevate's first annual events. It was empowering and rewarding to take that leap to NYC. Despite our career changes and moves, we can still pick up the phone, connect and cheer each other on.

How would you define your professional mission?

I had so many folks help me get here. When I chose to "retire" from corporate after 20 years to go on my own, my network was extremely kind to me and hired me. I feel it is my time to pay back those who helped me get here by paying it forward and empowering others to help them accomplish their goals.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

Tenacity has been a theme forever for me. What doesn't kill me will make me stronger, right?!? It started at a young age not to give up, bottle up the fear, deal with it later, and get on with the project, talk or whatever it may be. Celebrating the small wins created momentum that opens the next door. Lean into my curiosity has lead to many wonderful experiences.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

For over 10 years, my proposal team and I created 90% success for the proposals we managed. We listened to the customer and worked on what was needed to respond to their needs. By combining their needs with what was possible with operations, anything was possible. And it was fun!

What are some career challenges on your radar?

Within 12 months of being on my own, I became recognized as a Master Coach using Marshall Goldsmith's Stakeholder Centered Coaching methodology. Others may doubt my recognition since it was not measured by "time in the job" and was measured by "results created."

What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?

A recent success is creating a $12.1 million public private partnership that is resulting in 256 miles of broadband fiber for our rural community. By leaning into my curiosity and celebrating small wins along the way, success was created. It takes a village. And I was told making this happen would be like catching a unicorn. Now that we caught a unicorn, it feels great!

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

Being curious has gotten me here. Small tests allow me to grow. This past year, I experimented with guesting on podcasts to find my voice. If I liked it, I would create my own show. This time went well, so I am leaning into my own show and started recording. This is a wonderful way to celebrate others and connect with folks in a new way from a small town.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Celebrating the successes of my clients is my most rewarding part of the job. Empowering them to do more and watching them accomplish their goals is beautiful and energizing.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

I want others to know anything is possible if you put your mind to it. What you think, you become. Always lead with kindness and pay it forward.

What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?

This is the freedom I have always dreamed of. Exploring the freedom and openness to time and learning is exciting. It feels like anything is possible!

What would you say your personal superpower is?

One of my superpowers is taking the complex and making it simple. I can listen and then synthesis what needs to be done. I am a great listener and that allows me to make things simple.

What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?

You can have it all. Not just all at the same time--and be ok with that! It is all going to be ok.


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