Kate Bednarski-COHEN MS, MLA, CSD
FOUNDER, 5 stepping stones Transpersonal Coach & SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER
Raised in Delaware, second smallest of the United States, I grew up with dreams of being a doctor. I enjoyed a diverse work history including time spent as a sports scientist for Converse where I developed the first true women’s running shoe last (the form used to construct shoes); a brand marketing executive growing several successful women’s brands including Keds, Walmart, and Ryka as President. As the Women's Global Business Manager at Nike I led NIKE’s move from #3 to the top women’s athletic brand in the world while making NIKE "a more profitable and caring company” as noted by Judy Rosener in her book America’s Competitive Secret.
"The rest is history, Bednarski's ads won numerous awards and were the talk of the advertising community. Today Nike is perceived as a firm that cares about women. If she hadn't argued for changing its corporate agenda, Nike might be less profitable today."
I stepped out of and returned to the corporate world several times noticing consistent dissatisfaction among my workmates in every workplace. I wanted to change that. This became the focus of my spirituality studies and the topic of my master's thesis turned coaching playbook I created to assist people to discover their true selves and right work.
I left the executive suite for good years ago and started my company where I partner with business, financial and creative leaders, artists and actors as transpersonal coach accompanying them on their paths toward authenticity and wholeness.
Complementing experience I gained as an executive leader, I earned an MS in Biomechanics, an MLA in Creation Spirituality and a certificate in Interfaith Spiritual Direction. I am training in the Quechuan shamanic La Limpia and gong sound healing traditions integrating all of these with my strong intuition into my coaching/healing practice.
As a Transpersonal Coach, I specialize in transformation. I partner with people longing to work and live true to their whole authentic selves, to find their purpose and right work and experience lives full of meaning.
I lead journeys to Ecuador for women to work with indigenous shamanas and plant medicine people to heal old wounds and restore their power.
I am a long-time yoga and stillness practitioner, a former competitive cyclist, professionally trained chef and a pretty decent drummer. I live with my wife, Trace, and 2 adopted Portuguese Podengo Pequenos between NYC and upstate New York and practice in both locations.