As the Foundation’s first leadership coach and content developer, Katy Craig focuses on leadership development for participants in the Boettcher Scholarship program.
Katy joined the Foundation in 2005 as the scholarship program director and served as the first director of strategic initiatives from 2013 to 2017, during which time she co-authored All the Wisdom and None of the Junk: Secrets of Applying for College Admission and Scholarships. Her early career included serving as the assistant director of the University Honors Program at the University of Denver (DU) while simultaneously holding the positions of first-year English instructor, honors seminar instructor, honors symposium instructor, and Nelson Hall faculty resident.
A Scholar herself, Katy majored in French, creative writing, and communications at DU before completing her master’s degree in literary criticism in 2004. In 2021 she earned her Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from Colorado State University. Katy is also a proud alumna of the Art and Practice of Leadership Development Program through the Harvard Kennedy School, the Bovine School of Improv, the Coactive Training Institute (CTI) Leadership Program, the Daniels College of Business High Performance Leadership Program, DMCLF’s Leadership Denver, and The Denver Publishing Institute.
Katy is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through CTI, a Certified Professional Coach through the International Coach Federation and a Certified Disruption Advisors Coach through WLJ Advisors. She is also certified in the Leadership Multi-Rater Assessment of Personality (LMAP), Paterson LifePlan, and the Emotional Intelligence Quotient 2.0 and 360 assessments. Katy lives in Denver with her twins, Liam and Everett, and her spouse, Dan.
While it’s impossible to pick just one after a lifetime of amazing experiences, a three-day backpacking trip to Mount of the Holy Cross to celebrate my sixth wedding anniversary ranks right up there.
A few of my life-defining moments include: hiking the 110-mile Tour du Mont Blanc; pulling pints in a Dublin pub; trekking the Inca Trail; studying woodcarving, watercolor painting, and African drumming in France; serving as a gallery manager at the Centro de Arte Communitario and as a volunteer at the Durika Biological Reserve in Costa Rica; and mountain biking down the “world’s most dangerous road” from La Paz to Coroico in Bolivia.