About Me

 

Nearly 20 years ago, I moved from Finland to the U.S. During those years, I’ve worked at the U.N. and Columbia University, raised a family and started my own successful global career and leadership consulting & coaching practice.  I have the best job in the world, every day I get to help people find their strengths, pursue their goals and make a difference by supporting leaders and managers to find excellence.

As a global career management expert and leadership coach I specialize in holistic career management and global leadership for organizational and personal success.

I launched my career in the USA at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs before I joined the United Nations System in NYC where I remain as career and staff well being consultant working with staff and management as a coach and trainer. As a leadership coach  I provide coaching for improved leadership and organizational performance to both for-profit and non-profit organizations.   I also facilitate cross-cultural competence training for teams and individuals. My passion is the role of well-being in organizations to enhance performance and engagement, and leading with purpose and empathy to motivate staff to succeed.

Let me put my experience to work for you.

MY STORY

In my late 20’s, I moved to the U.S from Finland. Seeking a broader horizon, I arrived at New York’s JFK Airport with two suitcases, a backpack, an F1 international student visa and a letter from my parents guaranteeing my financial security. 19 years later, I’m still here (albeit with a little more luggage).

My first few years were a whirlwind. I got married, started a career,  made new friends, and learned to adjust and acculturate to life in New York City. And just when I thought I had that down, I became a parent embarking on the most transforming experience of my life.

Over the past 19 years, I have relocated five times within the U.S. I have reinvented and rebuilt my career in the most competitive of environments—first as an immigrant to NYC with no prior U.S. work experience and, later, as a successful working mother of two.

It’s been quite an adventure but I wouldn’t change it for anything.

At the time, my work at the U.N. was a dream come true for me. It taught me about working in a global multicultural environment. There, I lead a team and specialized in international recruiting and staffing, global staff development & mobility and career support.

I left the U.N. on my own initiative to pursue a more creative and entrepreneurial path. Since then I have built a successful practice as a career and leadership coach, corporate trainer and HR Consultant working with non-profit, for-profit and multilateral organizations.

I am a certified coach in  Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance  (LCOP) from Rutgers University / Philosophy IB – A Heidrick & Struggles Company.

I hold dual masters’ degrees in Mental Health Counseling and Political Science and Government, and, certificates in Cross-Cultural Competence Training, Adult Career Planning and Placement from NYU and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, in addition to my LCOP.

Previously I’ve served as Vice President (VP) of the Board of Families in Global Transition (FIGT) and VP of the Board of the Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce in NYC. I’m fluent in Swedish, English and Finnish and speak some French and a little German.

Katarina Holm-DiDio                                                              

Principal & Coach

I understand first-hand the challenges and rewards of change.

Katarina Holm-DiDio