Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Baltimore, MD -- 2019 — Master of Arts, Focus Area: Communication


Rice University Jones Graduate of Business, Houston, TX -- 1999 — Master of Business Administration (incomplete)

  • Jones School Merit Scholarship


Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Science, Medford, MA -- 1994 — Master of Science, Focus Area: Biology


Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA -- 1992 — Teacher Certification, Focus Area: High School Biology


Harvard University — Harvard/Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA -- 1992 — Bachelor of Arts, Focus Area: Biological Anthropology 

  • Graduated cum laude
  • Harvard College Scholarship
  • Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Certificate of Merit



Kelly Eckert, Pittsburgh, PA -- 2010 – 2018 — Personal and Professional Mentor/Coach and Author


Truly Accomplished, Pittsburgh, PA -- 2013 – 2016 — Coach/Facilitator

  • Coached private and corporate client using propriety Truly Accomplished software (Trueprint™ and Success Meter™) to achieve personal and professional goals


Navta Associates, Pittsburgh, PA -- 2005 - 2006 — Copyeditor

  • Proofed and edited pre-press mass-media books and textbooks
  • Created PowerPoint presentations and PDF marketing materials


Kelly Eckert, Houston, TX, and Pittsburgh, PA -- 1999 - 2005 — Marketing Consultant

  • Performed brand audits and created marketing plans for Identigene, IEC/Edgar Filing, Advanced Distribution Technologies, and solo entrepreneurs
  • Created logos for solo entrepreneurs
  • Performed copywriting and copyediting for solo entrepreneurs



The Winchester Thurston School, Pittsburgh, PA -- 2004 – 2018 — Parent Volunteer, Spring Fling Chair, President of the Parents Association, Gala Co-Chair

  • Secured sponsors and donors for the annual spring festival (2014) and fundraiser gala (2010) 
  • Recruited volunteers for room parents and other leadership roles
  • Contributed to marketing efforts of Parents Association
  • Volunteered for basic and other leadership roles in the Parents Association


Harvard University/Harvard College, Cambridge, MA -- 2003 - present — Alumna Interviewer

  • Interviewing Western Pennsylvania high school seniors applying to Harvard College
  • Writing recommendations for use by Harvard admissions office 
  • Acting as liaison between applicant and Harvard admissions office



  • Working written and speaking knowledge of French and Spanish
  • Rudimentary reading knowledge of Portuguese and Italian
  • Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Adept in Wordpress, Squarespce, MailChimp, ONTRAPORT, Constant Contact, blogging platforms, podcasting, and social media
  • Co-host of Geek Girl Soup podcast
  • Author of three books and co-author of one book (see below)
  • Published several online articles (see below)
  • Experience giving presentations, workshops, and keynote addresses (see below)



What's Your Spirit Animal: A Guide to Uncovering Your Gifts, Overcoming Challenges, and Claiming Your Personal Power, 2014 — (revised and updated edition, 2017)

What's Your Spirit Animal: A Guide to Uncovering Your Gifts, Overcoming Challenges, and Claiming Your Personal Power, 2014

Make Someone's Moment: Positivity Girl's Guide to Finding Joy in Making Others Happy, 2010

Getting What You Want: How to Go from Stuck to Success, 2010


MEDIUM. "Kate, Anthony, and My Dad — When Celebrity Suicide Hits Home."

THE MANIFEST-STATION. “Fear is Fatal: Thoughts on my Father’s Suicide.”

ELEPHANT JOURNAL.  “Can We be Spiritual and Still Say F***?”

eVISION MEDIA. "The Most Effective Trick I Know for Achieving Your Resolutions and Goals."

eVISION MEDIA. "How toWake Up Your Entrepreneurial Dragon."

WISE WOMEN LIFE. “Universe Knocking? Upside to a Concussion.”


ICF GLOBAL CONFERENCE 2014 LATAM, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Breakout session, November 2014. “Unleash the Animal Within: A Shamanic Application for Coaching Groups and High-Performing Teams”

ICF 2014 GLOBAL MIDWEST CONFERENCE, Cleveland, OH. Breakout session, June 2014. “Unleash the Animal Within: A Radical Perspective of Metaview, Awareness and Powerful Questions through the Power of Animal Archetypes”

JO-ANN FABRIC AND CRAFT STORES, Cleveland, OH. Workshop for Women’s Leadership Series, May 2014. “Get the Fear Out of Here: How Sabotaging Fears Stop You from Being the Leader You were Meant to Be”

ALLEGHENY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH, Pittsburgh, PA. Speaker, December 2012, May 2014, May 2015, May 2016, May 2017

KEYS TO LIVING EXPO, Pittsburgh, PA. Breakout session, April 2014

PITTSBURGH PROFESSIONAL WOMEN, Pittsburgh, PA. Workshop, November 2013. Presentation, June 2012

INSPIRED WOMEN CONFERENCE, Wexford, PA. Breakout session, June 2013. Round table coaching sessions, June 2012

PITTSBURGH COACHES ASSOCIATION “COACHING WORKS,” Pittsburgh, PA. Coaching demonstration, November 2012

STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, Pittsburgh, PA. Breakout session, April 2012. Keynote speaker, April 2011

GIRLS IN SCIENCE INITIATIVE, McKeesport, PA. Workshop, April 2011

PA CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN, Pittsburgh, PA. Coach/Mentor, October 2010