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Katherine Winny

Katherine Winny

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

I'm Kat, an intuitive life strategist and Equus life coach. My current focus is on spreading the powerful work of Equus coaching - helping people like you uncover their beliefs, behavior patterns and communication styles and discover how they really show up in the world.

I'm also looking to bring the wisdom and healing that horses provide to those with mental health disorders, particularly focusing on those with eating disorders and children.

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

I loved coaching a Personal Development round table at a recent Ellevate event in Dubai. It was wonderful to help such a diverse range of successful women pinpoint their personal goals and start to see their lives in a different way.

I'm a member to connect with people in my community, get inspired, and inspire a few people along the way!

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

In September, I started volunteering at the Al Marmoom Initiative in Dubai. The initiative focuses on providing horse therapy for children with disabilities. It's always the most rewarding part of my week. In my first week, I was able to guide a child who threw themselves onto the floor at the sight of a horse to then stroke a horse's face and enjoy it! Moments like that are priceless and I'm so proud to be part of such a special initiative.

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

A major health crisis in 2016 made me re-think my life. I had never gone into law for the long term, and it was really a "life is too short" awakening. Through my own experience working with various coaches, I realized I had many of the skills naturally and started looking into coaching courses. When someone told me about the chance to combine coaching and horses, I jumped at the opportunity! I spent 9 months studying Equus coaching, including two immersive experiences at a ranch in Tucson, Arizona and here I am today!

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Sounds cheesy, but being able to change peoples lives and see them have those "aha" moments.

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

The fact it doesn't feel like work when I am doing it!

What is your morning ritual?

I start with a set of affirmations in bed - I have a few constants, and then change the others depending on what is going on for me. I then snuggle with my partner :)

I do at least ten minutes of exercise - yoga, dancing round my bedroom to Justin Timberlake, or walking before having a green smoothie or yogurt and nuts for breakfast.

Sometimes I meditate, but I often do this mid-afternoon as a welcome break in my day!

What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?

Get clear on your reasons why you want to do this! Make sure you explore all your options carefully and plan out the right route for you. It helps to go part-time at your existing work to take the financial pressure off and allow you to build a coaching practice that feels fun, rather than a source of income.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

"Don't go to someone with an apology and a mistake, go to them with the lesson learnt and a plan".

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

Don't forget to prioritize yourself first sometimes. Only when you are thriving, are you best placed to help others. By looking after yourself better, you are looking after your family better!

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