Pavo [Pah-Voh] is a constellation in the southern hemisphere used to navigate, as a collection of its stars points to the Southern Celestial Pole. Latin for peacock, Pavo is a symbol of rebirth and wise insight.
Like its namesake, Pavo Leadership helps individuals and organizations navigate uncertainty by creating the space for people to foster agility, discover new insights, and put them into action.
Pavo’s founder and president, Katy Craig has over 20 years of professional experience in human development and experiential learning, as well as expertise in the fields of adaptive and transformational leadership, applied improvisation, change management, coaching, speaking, and writing.
A grounded enthusiast, Katy possesses both imagination and follow-through. She is a champion of hard work and intention, is possibilities-oriented and is a catalyst for fun. Her strong spirit allows her to draw on hidden reserves during times of urgency and anxiety, bringing her core of calm to bear on your most pressing priorities. Katy holds the space for you to take courageous action.
Because she sees connections between things that often go unnoticed, Katy is able to better encourage positive, meaningful and sustainable accomplishment. She revels in the unexpected by seeing challenge as a charge. Katy is energetic, smart and freakishly strong.
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Education and Work Experience
Katy attended the University of Denver as a Boettcher Scholar where she was a junior-elect to Phi Beta Kappa and earned Bachelor’s degrees in Communications, Creative Writing and French. She graduated Summa Cum Laude. Later, she completed her MA in English, also at DU, and her MFA in creative writing at Colorado State University.
Katy’s early career at the University of Denver included serving as the Assistant Director of the University Honors Program as well as holding the positions of First-Year English Instructor, Honors Seminar Instructor, Honors Symposium Instructor and Nelson Hall Faculty Resident. After leaving DU, Katy traveled and worked in Central and South America before joining the Boettcher Foundation as their Director of the Scholarship Program, then serving as the foundation’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and finally as its Leadership Coach and Content Designer. She founded Pavo Leadership in 2017.
Throughout this time Katy has coached individuals and organizations toward more fulfilling, productive lives of lasting contribution and far-reaching impact.
Katy has been studying, performing, hosting, and teaching improvisational theater since 2009.
Some of her favorite shows that she’s performed in are the freestyle rap whodunit SuperBaby’s Lyrical Mystery Tour (Think 8-Mile Meets Scooby-Doo), The Heirs of Hogwarts in which the grandchildren of J.K. Rowling’s heroes go off to Hogwarts to have adventures of their own in a fully improvised 90-minute play, and On The Spot, a rapid-fire game show in the style of Who’s Line Is It Anyway?
Katy has performed with Bond Improv, at the Bovine Metropolis Theater and Rise theater, and in the Denver Improv Festival. She draws upon the tenets of improvisational theater in her experiential workshops, particularly those for adaptive leadership, storytelling, and enhanced communication.
Sample clients for Applied Improvisation for Leadership & Communications workshop include teams from the following organizations: the Boulder and Denver Metro Chambers of Commerce; Feeding America’s National Office; Monash University in Melbourne Australia; the Red Robin, International School of Leadership; Swift Advertising; and The University of Colorado-Boulder; amongst others.
A graduate of The Harvard Kennedy School’s Art and Practice of Leadership Development, The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Denver and The Daniels College of Business’ High Performance Leadership programs, Katy has been asked to speak on leadership development nationally and internationally.
She lead an effort to develop a Boettcher Foundation leadership philosophy, and has presented at the Colorado Leadership Alliance Summit, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the International Leadership Association Global Conference in Barcelona, amongst others.
Sample experiential leadership and communications workshop/training clients include teams from the following organizations: Adobe Headquarters; Colorado State University Executive MBA Program; The Daniels College of Business; the Latino Leadership Institute; Western Governor’s University; and the US Department of Energy Solar in Your Community Challenge; amongst others.
Recent partners include: Abracademy (London, UK); Apixii Applied Improvisation (CO); All-In Coaching and Training (NM); Caboo (CA/London, UK); The Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation; Hudson Valley Women in Business (NY); and Olerai Leadership (OR).
Katy is a professional Co-Active Coach, certified by the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI) and a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
She has completed well over 300 hours of ICF-accredited or approved coach-specific training and has over 2,300 hours of coaching experience with 275+ clients. The multiple rigorous training and certification programs Katy has participated in use a broad range of proprietary tools developed by CTI and ICF that have been proven effective over the past 25+ years of the coaching profession. She has also completed CTI’s 10-month Leadership program, and serves as an assistant in coach training courses and as a Coach Match Coach.
Past individual coaching clients include people who worked at the following organizations: Accenture; BBQ Guys; BCCI Construction; Boss Women Matter; The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; Google; Jacuzzi; Magoosh; Medtronic; Mountain States Employers Council; National Endowment for Financial Education; the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Office of the California State Public Defender; Original Footwear; Power to Girls Foundation; Save The Children; Staples; The Trevor Project; United States Federal Judiciary; the University of Colorado at Boulder; VF Corporation; Weave; Western Governors University; and the YMCA, amongst others.
CTI is the first and largest in-person coach training school in the world, and its training and certification programs are recognized as the most rigorous in the industry. The Co-Active model is based on the belief that people are naturally creative, resourceful and whole. The curriculum covers fulfillment, balance and process coaching, emphasizing the power of insightful questions, fierce listening, artful intruding and holding space for deep learning and courageous action, all in service of the client.
ICF is the leading global organization for coaches and coaching. ICF is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals.
In addition to her BA in Creative Writing, MA in Literary Criticism and MFA in Creative Writing, Katy holds a Certificate in Publishing from The Denver Publishing Institute. She has taken various professional and intensive courses on the writing craft and has attended the Tin House Writers Workshop, Robert McKee’s Story Workshop and the Iowa Writers Workshop. Katy served on the faculty for the Lighthouse Writers Workshop Youth Program from 2010-2012 and taught literature and composition at the University of Denver from 2001-2005 and creative writing at Colorado State University in 2020. Her first book was published in 2017, and her writing has also been featured in The Denver Post and Snowshoe Magazine.
In recent years, Katy has turned her interest in narrative toward her trainings, helping professionals hone their stories to connect with and engage their audiences. Effective storytelling can dramatically increase credibility, presence and influence. By creating a narrative with clear purpose and intention, exceptional storytellers help people understand our world, connect with others and achieve maximum impact. Those who are brave enough to tell personal stories and astute enough to know exactly how their stories relate to specific business messages are therefore at a distinct advantage.
Katy serves as volunteer faculty for the Denver Publishing Institute, a graduate-level program designed to help book lovers launch their publishing careers. Through a combination of graduate-level lectures, special sessions, field trips, workshops, and small group discussions, students connect with industry leaders and DPI’s nationwide network of publishing professionals.
She is also a member of Consultants for Good, a global network of over 500 consultants working with nonprofits or companies focused on social impact.
Katy is the former Secretary of the Spark the Change Colorado Board of Directors, where she worked for 5 years to assist their aim of making volunteerism smarter by empowering individuals and organizations with knowledge and skills to create more effective, engaging and impactful volunteering.
In addition, Katy was appointed by the Dean of the University of Denver’s College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) to a 4-year term on its Advisory Board, which she served from 2015 to 2018. Nationwide board members meet throughout the year to support and create recommendations for CAHSS leadership and faculty to improve students’ liberal arts education.
Katy also participates in various community forums and has volunteered her time reviewing fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, and assisting various nonprofit organizations in the design of international workshops and coaching programs, as well as providing feedback and coaching to nonprofit professionals seeking still greater fulfillment and professional accomplishment.