Wish I Knew . . .

#48 Kathryn Downing - CEO / Executive Coach / Entrepreneur / Working with Brene Brown & Deepak Chopra

April 19, 2022 Gary Nowak Season 1 Episode 48
Wish I Knew . . .
#48 Kathryn Downing - CEO / Executive Coach / Entrepreneur / Working with Brene Brown & Deepak Chopra
Show Notes

Welcome to another episode of "Wish I Knew . . . " 

A podcast where I speak with people about their careers focusing on their success, advice, mentoring and listening to interesting stories.

 I'm your host Gary Nowak and when this guest agreed to be a guest on my podcast I felt so grateful and intimated at the same time.  Dr. Kathryn Downing has helped me a great deal with the future of my career as an executive coach.

Career Background:

  • Lawyer by background 
  • Entered the publishing industry and became the Publisher, president and CEO of the LA Times
  • Board member for the Women's foundation of California
  • Founder of Executive to Executive where she started her coaching career
  • Coach and supervisor with the Hudson Institute of Coaching
  • Program leader for the Coaching Supervision Academy
  • Recently received her doctorate in professional studies, coaching supervision from Middlesex University in London


  • Cleaning hotel rooms at age 15, working for a very demanding boss
  • The impact of cleaning rooms that sticks with her today
  • Being financially independent
  • Becoming a lawyer, then 18 months later coming to realization
  • Law school and having to work full time
  • Hitting a sales cap mid year then going to product development
  • Moving to Dayton and LOVING it
  • CEO of traditional print companies, being a great role
  • Professional publishing for 3 different companies
  • Being a CEO and listening to everyone in the company
  • Getting the "Who the hell are you comment"
  • San Diego snowy comment gets unwanted traction
  • 8 to 10 year recovery process
  • Interesting perspective on taking ownership
  • Shipping physical records out of state to keep them safe
  • The most hate mail received at the LA times
  • 8 years of trying to figure out what was next
  • Working with Brene Brown and Deepak Chopra early on
  • Finding focus on a beach in North Carolina
  • Great Keynote speaking discussion
  • Best mentors were horrible bosses and books
  • Fast decision making
  • The impact of being a woman

Want to be a guest? Email me at gpnowak@gmail.com!