Katy Craig

Leadership Coach & Content Developer

As the foundation’s first leadership coach and content developer, Katy Craig focuses on leadership development for participants in the Boettcher Scholarship and Webb-Waring Biomedical Research programs.

Katy joined the foundation in 2005 as the scholarship program director and served as the first director of strategic initiatives from 2013 to 2017. Her early career included serving as the assistant director of the University Honors Program at the University of Denver while simultaneously holding the positions of first-year English instructor, honors seminar instructor, honors symposium instructor and Nelson Hall faculty resident.

A Boettcher Scholar herself, Katy also attended DU, where she graduated with majors in French, creative writing and communications. In 2004, she completed her master’s degree in literary criticism, also at DU. Katy is also a graduate of DU’s Publishing Institute, the Daniels College of Business High Performance Leadership Program, the Bovine School of Improv, the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) 10-month leadership program and the Art and Practice of Leadership Development Program through the Harvard Kennedy School.

Katy is a certified professional Co-Active Coach through CTI and a Certified Professional Coach through the International Coach Federation. She is also certified in the Paterson LifePlan and the Emotional Intelligence Quotient 2.0 and 360 assessments. Katy is most proud of her twins, Liam and Everett, and her marriage to husband, Dan.

Community Involvement:

  • Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; guest lecturer—leadership development
  • DU Arts Humanities & Social Sciences Advisory Board; board member
  • Spark the Change Colorado; board member (2013-2018), secretary (2014-2017)
  • Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation; Leadership Denver class of 2010

Favorite Colorado Experience:

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.

Fun Facts:

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.