A Little Bit About Me
Hi, I’m Kathy Ollerton—a coach, mentor, trainer, and speaker who is passionate about empowering you to use your business as a lens to transform your life, just like I transformed mine.
For years, I’ve trained over 100,000 thousand individuals—including some of the highest paid business professionals in the country.
One of the biggest things I’ve learned?
You might drive an expensive car and go on lavish vacations, but that doesn’t mean your life is complete.
In fact, it doesn’t matter whether you’re just starting out, or further along, when people tell me it feels like something’s missing, I know they’ve found their way to me for a reason and are ready to activate their fullest potential.
Because you don’t find what’s missing at university or on Wall Street. And you don’t find it in a big house or an exotic destination or a new marriage.
You find it through effective coaching and lasting change.
In other words, you find it inside.
Before I share my story, here are some things I was able to do with an outstanding team of my KO Coaching graduates:
- In addition to summiting with my team, I am the 40th woman in the world to have climbed Mount Denali, the highest peak in North America—and one that’s known for only having a 50% success rate.
- Built a school in Afghanistan for 250 students, and gifted it to the Governor of Herat. One of the first classes that was ever taught there was for girls, who had been banned from attending school for the previous 25 years.
- Housed eight families affected by Hurricane Katrina for one year and coached them weekly, over the telephone, to help them recover and restore their losses.
- Taught world leaders from third world countries how to write constitutions that protect personal and religious freedoms, alongside law professors from Brigham Young University.
- Spent the afternoon at the White House after founding the World Transformation Center at Ground Zero, a 501(c)(3) foundation that was born through my volunteer work with rescue and construction workers after 9/11. The foundation mentored high school seniors who witnessed the 9/11 attacks, helped them turn their stories into a book “Triumph Over Tragedy”, and raised enough funds for 88 leadership grants, which enabled students to continue on to higher education.
- Built a medical center in Afghanistan and totally furnished it with up-to-date medical equipment, before gifting the center to the Afghanistan Government. 80 patients are seen a day, who formally did not receive any medical attention.
- Built a home for foster children in the Santa Rosa Children’s Village.
- Raised funds for real estate agents in Santa Rosa who were affected by wild fires or lost their homes entirely.
Today, I’m married to Ed Krafchow, and together we have 6 children and 18 grandchildren. We live in San Francisco, Idaho and Maui.
While I’m proud of my family, my coaching graduates, and each of these accomplishments, it’s perhaps the story that doesn’t get shared—the story behind the story—that I think is most worthy of being shared.
Often in life, when it feels like things haven’t worked out in our favor, we find ourselves feeling powerless or hopeless—angry at ourselves, or resentful towards others; yearning for a different outcome. And I have absolutely felt that way, at various points.
But the reality is, the lives we create follow the decisions we make. And if we go back and uncover the moment that we made an unconscious decision that continues to impact our present, it really is possible to recode our psyche, let go of the anchor that’s weighing us down, and change our life.
Public victories follow private breakthroughs
Drowning in debt with my first organization after the market took a severe downturn in the 80’s, I wanted to blame the economy, but knew I had an issue with money.
After a profound heart-to-heart with my father, I discovered my upper income limit matched the maximum amount he’d been able to clear year after year before he retired. I asked him if it was okay if I made more money than he ever had.
Perplexed, he gave me permission—”What? Of course!”—and, in that instant, something shifted inside of me. I felt certain something exciting was about to be born. I went home and rebuilt my organization within a few months.
Our conversation reminded me that no one could ever save me—except myself.
I went on to grow a large and prestigious real-estate firm from 365 agents to 5,500 agents. In 2005, we were the 8th largest privately held company in the United States.
That experience made me realize that, by helping others move through the blocks holding them back, I could help them tap into their potential and manifest their vision.
Witnessing growth by inspiring commitment
At the real-estate firm, I was working with independent contractors. Since they didn’t receive a salary, their production had to be inspired a different way. I found that often, people knew what to do—they simply weren’t doing it.
I offered to train and coach the firm’s agents for a year, using a powerful personal development process. The results were powerful.
People who were average producers became top performers.
But that wasn’t all.
Working with a group of people who were seeking that intangible missing “thing” cracked the code to new potential and unlimited possibilities.
Husbands were better husbands. Wives were better wives.
People were better humans and no longer felt the need to cover up who they really were.
The sense of self-determination was electric; the creative spirit alive and well. Our whole team was held together with this invisible bond as members experienced growth personally and witnessed the growth of those around them.
Lifestyles were enhanced. Families were strengthened. Minds were broadened.
And friendships ran deep.
Transformation has to be chosen
Not everyone signed up for my training, yet many did. And I learned then, I would rather work with one truly committed person than 100 people who aren’t willing to go deep, meet themselves face to face, own their life, and move mountains to influence their outcomes.
I’ve also learned that business is not only about cold calls and marketing. There is also always ONE thing that must be brought to light in order to make everything else function as it should.
I’m thinking about the person whose dying marriage was resuscitated and, the next month, their business had exploded with new clients, a new vision, and new resources.
Or the individual whose parents were killed by a drunk driver—when she forgave the driver, everything changed.
Or the agent who finally admitted his son had committed suicide and discovered that no, his clients would not leave him if they knew.
When you identify that one thing, productivity increases, business improves, and everything else unfolds beautifully.
The best view comes after the hardest climb
Known for its punishing temperatures, relative isolation, and dangerous altitude, the summit of Mount Denali was in sight. Having our team summit in such arduous conditions gave me a powerful metaphor that I now use in everything that I do.
It also helped me outline my Seven Steps of Accountability and Purpose, which are the foundation for all of my work.
If you’re ready to climb with me to the summit of your personal potential, in business and in life, my free webinar will help guide you.
To empower you to use your business as a lens to transform your life, just like I transformed mine. Transformation must be a choice, and I'm here to guide and hold you accountable to know your purpose, identify your gifts, and find your calling.