Kate KnaulKate Knaul

Founder, Career Coach, Independent Educational Consultant
(765) 351-5566, kate@thrivecoachinggroup.com
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Kate credits her career in education to her parents - a math teacher and an electrician-turned-teacher, as well as a profoundly transformative experience studying abroad in France with a Rotary Foundation Scholarship between high school and college. Not drawn into the classroom, instead she pursued implementing student learning experiences outside the classroom. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Hamilton College and a master’s degree in international education from the School for International Training.

In her 17 years of working in higher education at Washington & Lee University in Virginia and DePauw University in Indiana, most recently as associate dean in academic affairs at DePauw, Kate has directed study abroad, research, and career centers, supporting students to discover their passions and engage in the world around them. She’s worked with countless students and adults - from the US and countries around the world - on resumes, cover letters, graduate school applications, personal essays, and scholarship applications. She has led the merger and development of new organizational units, managed financial and administrative operations, and led countless staff retreats and trainings.

Through it all, however, she has held closely the time and devotion to working individually with others as they discover their passions and interests and set concrete goals to achieving them. Kate says the most fun and rewarding work took place the seven years she worked with students applying to nationally competitive scholarships, most notably the Fulbright US Student Program. This work included helping students find their voice, articulate all they had done as well as their hopes and aspirations, putting it all together as one would a puzzle. The result? Incredibly powerful personal essays and students’ soaring confidence about who they are and the direction of their life. And seven consecutive years of being a top producer of Fulbright awards.

Originally from Auburn in the Fingerlakes region of New York, Kate found her home in Greencastle, Indiana after meeting her husband Tim, a professor of Geoscience at DePauw University who grew up in California and came to Indiana after completing his PhD at Stanford University. She is active in the community, currently serving with The Greencastle Civic League to improve the life and beauty of Greencastle, as well as on the Scholarship and Educational Advancement Committee at the Putnam County Community Foundation. She's excited to serve as an independent educational consultant and career coach helping individuals pursue their college and career goals. In her spare time, she helps raise money for community projects, bakes dozens and dozens of lemon rosemary scones for friends, and routinely finds her inner child with her husband and two daughters, Zoe and Tessa.

Kate is a member of the Career Development Professionals of Indiana, the National Résumé Writers' Association, the Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling, and an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.

Kate is a life-long learner and is currently pursuing credentials as a nationally certified résumé writer and a nationally certified online profile expert (LinkedIn expert) through the National Résumé Writers' Association.

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Recent Professional Development

Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert (NCOPE) Training (August 5-September 2, 2021)
Nationally Certified Résumé Writer Certification (NCRW) Training (Fall 2021)
Center for Creative Leadership: "The Leadership Profile of the Future: From Here to There" (April 14, 2021)
Center for Creative Leadership: "The Human Energy Crisis: The Call for Greater Resilience" (April 14, 2021)
Center for Creative Leadership: "Lessons from Senior Leaders: What Leadership Development Means Today" (April 13, 2021)
LRN webinar: "Building Bridges: Regaining Trust After It’s Been Lost" (March 31, 2021)
Flashpoint Leadership webinar: "Agility Unlocked: Moving Beyond Foundational Skills to Supercharge Leadership" (March 4, 2021)
CDPI Employer Connections: A Conversation with Nonprofits (February 19, 2021)
Career Coaching Intensive Certificate, The National Association of Colleges and Employers (2014)Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership (2013)