CATHY'S INSPIRING LIFE STORY
I performed well in school, straight “A” student, graduated high school at the age of 16, went on to attend Sullivan Business College and Bellarmine University and graduated with a B.S. degree in Computer Science. But still I didn’t feel special - just an ordinary achievement in my opinion. As time went on, my sister’s illness deteriorated into a fatal situation. After marrying and giving birth to a baby girl, her health took a turn for the worst and due to kidney failure, she had to go on dialysis. At that point, her doctor told her she would not live to see her 30th birthday due to her failing health. He was correct because she passed away at 28 years old from a massive cerebral hemorrhage as a result of diabetes and kidney failure complications. At this point in my life, I was newly married and had just began my career at IBM Corporation. I felt I may finally be on my way to realizing my purpose in life. Needless to say, I had no idea what was yet to come. Even with the educational and career accomplishments, in the back of my mind, I still felt that I hadn’t fulfilled the inner burning desire to do something special and make a difference.
Soon after my sister passed away, my sister’s widower came to both me and my parents and asked if either of us wanted to raise my niece because the burden was too much for him. I was shocked that he would want to give away his only child. I was young and wasn’t ready to raise a child. My niece was 6 years old at the time. Also, due to my sister’s failing health during her pregnancy, my niece was born with many facial deformities and health challenges. How could I raise a special needs child when I was so young, newly married, and just starting my career? And how could I expect my parents to take on this challenge when they had successfully raised their own 5 children and were now enjoying their golden years?
I accepted the challenge. And this was the turning point in my life. I finally realized at that very moment what I wanted to do with my life and how I could help others. This was how I would make a difference. As my favorite scripture states, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". So I raised my niece, and instilled in her the same values that were instilled in me by my parents - a foundation of spirituality, self-confidence, and determination to do whatever she wanted to do in life. I helped her realize that God made us in His image, and we are all His children. He places us in life experiences and situations for reasons unknown to us. Our job is to learn the lesson and become stronger christians. This created in her a drive and belief in herself that no one could take from her. Through encouragement, mentoring and nurturing, I guided her through self-esteem issues by explaining that no matter what life throws at you, you must love yourself on the inside first, and then the rest will follow. After undergoing numerous facial surgeries at a young age, I am proud to say that she has excelled in all areas of her life. In high school, she was a governor’s scholar, national honor society member, beta club member, graduated High School with a GPA of 3.9 out of a 4.0 and received a full academic scholarship to the University of Kentucky where she graduated, with honors, receiving a B.A. Degree in Business Management. She is a spiritual, beautiful young lady, she loves her heavenly Father, and she is a successful pharmaceutical sales representative.
By the grace of God, and through this revelation, this is what I was born to do….I want to make a difference in the lives of many people. Since that turning point in my life, I have mentored thousands of young adults who have beaten the odds to achieve outstanding success similar to my niece’s story.
I was blessed with a successful career in the Business and Technology Industries for over 20 years. However, God led me to walk away from a lucrative 6-figure income in corporate america to focus on my life's purpose of changing lives!
I am blessed and very passionate about my career as a Certified Career and Life Coach, Author and Motivational Speaker. My goal is to reach as many people as possible to help them achieve their career and life goals. Throughout my career, I have worked with employees internally within corporate America as well as individuals externally within many organizations and community programs. I teach Life Skills to young people at Daymar College in Louisville, Kentucky, and my students always leave my sessions with the belief that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to!
I have been blessed with the opportunity to host a live Radio Talk Show every Wednesday entitled, "Living By Design". The radio talk show focuses on self, health, and wealth to enhance and advance the lives of women. My co-host, Mr. Tony Lamont, is an icon in the broadcasting industry. Mr. Lamont is a radio and TV personality, and has conducted numerous celebrity interviews, including President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, Senator Barak Obama, Senator Hilary Clinton, and countless A-list celebrities in the entertainment, sports, and music industries. Join us each Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. est on blogtalk radio for an action packed informative discussion with our weekly guests.
I am anxious to hear from you and work with you. It is my desire that we can, together, change your life to enhance all aspects of your career, relationships, self-worth, and ultimately, your happiness!
Welcome to the Journey – welcome to a WHOLE NEW WORLD, AND A NEW FANTASTIC POINT OF VIEW!
Cathy Holloway Hill
Recently, Cathy walked away from a successful corporate career to focus on her life’s purpose of enhancing and advancing the lives of others. Her professional experience in the male-dominated technology industry affords her the ability to speak from the heart on many topics related to career and life success. During her career, she has been recognized with numerous awards for outstanding leadership, communications, and service. She is an Advisory Board member of the Professional Woman Network (PWN), a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA),and is also an active member of NAWBO, NAFE, and Who's Who Black Louisville. She has conducted Seminars, Workshops, and Motivational presentations to organizations nationwide, and she is a Premier Coach for eWomenNetwork, the #1 global network for connecting women business owners (over one million members worldwide).