Creating a New Spirit in Organizations

Catherine ParrisCatherine Parrish, founder and President of NextLevel Leadership, Inc. has worked with executives in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, India and Australia for more than 25 years, to help them to move up to the next level of their leadership, effectiveness, communication and productivity.

Her areas of focus include assisting leaders and their organizations to create the right professional environment for people to express their full potential and exceed their objectives.

Catherine helps individual managers and executives to raise their self-awareness, sharpen their focus, increase their personal productivity, and improve their career satisfaction and sense of well-being. Her work with individuals includes private coaching and leadership development. She helps leaders to:

• build trust and challenge their perceived limitations;

• listen and communicate-for-action; and

• maximize their effectiveness at producing results in partnership with others.

Catherine has had the privilege of working with the executives and leaders of companies and institutions such as Toyota Motor North America, the Alaska Conservation Foundation, Wells Fargo & Company, California State University, Fresno, and…

“The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.”

—John C. Maxwell

About Catherine Parrish

For years, Catherine served as a chief executive and leader in the world of Not-For-Profit and humanitarian organizations. Her work to help improve the quality of life for people living in conditions of poverty has taken her to Africa and India, as well as Latin America, Eastern Europe, and throughout the United States.

Catherine founded NextLevel Leadership, in response to requests from friends and acquaintances in the world of business. She began doing consulting projects in executive and leadership development, productivity enhancement, communication and teambuilding.

She brings light-heartedness, humor, and compassion to all of her consulting and coaching engagements. Catherine holds degrees in history, psychology and education from the University of California, Berkeley. She played basketball and tennis on Cal’s Women’s Team and then on the women’s professional tennis circuit before returning to graduate school. She serves on the boards of The Soul of Money Institute, The Pachamama Alliance, and The Turning Tide Coalition. Catherine serves on the faculty of the Institute for Women’s Leadership and is a partner in Leadership Alchemy.

She lives in the San Francisco Bay Are with her husband, Bill; their daughter is a law student in New York City.

Catherine is available for speaking presentations.

“Catherine is simply the best management and leadership consultant I’ve worked with and I recommend her without hesitation. She has facilitated retreats, mediated conflicts, directed strategic planning and offered a committed and confidential ear. She’s made a big difference in our productivity.”

—Jeri Echeverria,
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs,
California State University, Fresno


Consults and coaches executives, managers, and teams from a wide array of industries, corporations, and non-profits.

Empowers people in overcoming obstacles to produce breakthroughs of the highest caliber.

Helps clients resolve their conflicts and disputes through a mediation process that creates the space for truth-telling and win/win resolution.

Provides customized training and coaching that enhances the productivity and effectiveness of executives, managers and employees.

Leaves people empowered, freed up, in touch with their greatness, and more effective than ever before.

Delivers world-class workshops and programs in communication, leadership development, management, and team-building

that result in substantial improvements in organizational performance, effectiveness, and efficiency.

Collaborates with senior consultants throughout the world, bringing together world-class expertise to provide clients with

the latest proven technologies in an extensive variety of subject matter.

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

—Max Planck,
Nobel Physicist


All NextLevel Leadership consulting, coaching and trainings are custom designed to meet the needs of the client and the current situation. Here are some of our current programs:

Executive Coaching, a program that creates breakthroughs in personal, business, leadership and team challenges, that opens up a new future possibility, and provides partnership and guidance.

Managing Others to Succeed, a course on the basics of leading mentoring, and managing. Includes training on communication,team-building, and creating an environment of responsibility and ownership.

Intervention and Mediation, a professional engagement to uncover and transform misunderstandings, internal competitions, struggles, conflicts, etc. Creates a space for truth-telling and win/win resolutions.

Difficult Communication Workshop, a workshop that presents the basic keys to delivering and receiving difficult communications. Especially useful for managers and leaders needing to give feedback that makes a difference for performance enhancement.

NextLevel Leadership Intensive, a course that provides individuals the opportunity to look into their own leadership style, its costs and benefits, and the keys to expanding beyond it. The course is deeply transformational and freeing. Designed for individuals responsible for the productivity and performance of others.

Effective Communication For Teams, a program that includes modules in communication, breakdowns, teamwork, transformation and integrity.

Next Level Leap, a training designed for a team that has been winning, to leap to the next level of competence and performance.

Executive Leadership Intensive, an intensive designed for high level executives for an investigation into the patterns and beliefs influencing leadership style, such that they can free themselves from the constraints and build on their strengths.

Distinctions of Committed Communication Course, a course focused on the power of listening and awareness. Provides tools and techniques and training exercises to help the individual be better understood and to better understand others. Improved communication opens up the possibility of deeper partnerships, greater productivity, and more satisfaction along with less frustration and wasted energy.

Cultural Audit, through a series of interviews, we paint a picture for you of your team or organization’s health as a “Cultural Inventory” or “Cultural What Is So” report.  From this information and the dialogue that it catalyzes, program emerges to provide what is missing for the leap to the next level of excellence.

Public Speaking and Keynote Addresses
Catherine gives Keynote addresses that are thought provoking and inspiring. She is available for public speaking at conferences, retreats and conventions.

To learn more about our programs, please contact us.

“Catherine has an incredibly effective and unique way of reaching people. I have never seen anyone work so powerfully with people. She has a unique ability to open BOTH peoples’ minds and hearts leaving them able to perform with greater effectiveness and ease. In my 25 years of leading courses I have never seen anyone who could work with people as powerfully as she could. She is a gift.”

—Perch Ducote, President
“Power of Peace inc.”




Adobe Systems



Teva Neuroscience

Eli Lilly and Company

Guidant Corporation

Educational Institutions and Non-Profits

Stanford Hospital and Clinics

California State Polytechnic University at Pomona

UCSF School of Medicine

Division of Transplantation, UCSF Medical Center

Lyles College of Engineering

YWCA Hawaii

Kaiser Permanente Foundation

Alaska Conservation Foundation

United Religion’s Initiative

United Nation’s Development Program

Health Economics Resource Center

Department of Veterans Affairs


California State University Fresno

The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences


California State University

Graduate Theological Union

Global Security Institute

Energy, Construction and Manufacturing
Resero, Inc.
Conoco Phillips
Gap, Inc.
Levi Strauss
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Creative Spaces Builders


Financial and Service
The Connection Point
Wells Fargo Bank
Woodside Fund
Kaiser Permanente
Le Boeuf, Lamb, Greene & McRae LLP
GHJ Consulting


For more information about NextLevel Leadership programs services, please call or write.

Telephone: 415.444.0589

Email: Catherine

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.”

—Peter F. Drucker

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