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ABOUT KATAGYNA

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Katagyna Shalhoub PhD, ACC is a personal development coach, an award-winning author and an artist. She is certified by the International Coach Federation and was nominated as one of 100 Best Global Coach Leaders in 2017

She has always been curious about people and creativity. She turned an Engineering Master’s degree at MIT into a research dissertation on how humans learn and while she worked on her Environmental Science PhD she wrote her first book, Life as a Leb-neh Lover, a finalist in the International Book Awards and the USA Best Book Awards. When she realized that her education didn’t fit with her values, she made the leap from working with underwater robots and writing software to working with people and writing creatively. Watch her TEDx talk on The Power of Distraction to find out how.

As a coach, Kat helps people redesign their lives, unlock their creativity and become the heroes of their own story. She is a mother of three and believes that success in life is having the freedom to choose your path, the courage to live authentically and the resources to play creatively. 


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Futureroof : 13 Things Your Parents Can't Tell You About Tomorrow 

The world has changed, and if you’re young, the lessons and rules your parents followed to build their lives and careers don’t apply to you. So what do you need to know to design a productive and fulfilling life in today’s hyper-paced digital age?  

In #FutureProof: 13 Things Your Parents Can’t Teach You About Tomorrow, Katagyna Shalhoub reveals 13 steps that show you how to gain the 21st-century skills and knowledge you absolutely NEED to thrive in today’s ultra-competitive world.  

Through practical insights, questions, wisdom, and strategies, Futureproof! shows you how to master the nuts and bolts of being relevant in a globally-connected, automated world while building a meaningful life and a secure future! 

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FutureProof : 13 Things Your Parents Can't Tell You About Tomorrow

The world has changed, and if you’re young, the lessons and rules your parents followed to build their lives and careers don’t apply to you. So what do you need to know to design a productive and fulfilling life in today’s hyper-paced digital age?  

In #FutureProof: 13 Things Your Parents Can’t Teach You About Tomorrow, Katagyna Shalhoub reveals 13 steps that show you how to gain the 21st-century skills and knowledge you absolutely NEED to thrive in today’s ultra-competitive world.  

Through practical insights, questions, wisdom, and strategies, Futureproof! shows you how to master the nuts and bolts of being relevant in a globally-connected, automated world while building a meaningful life and a secure future! 

Life As A Leb-Neh Lover: The Identity Crisis of a Maybe Lebanese; Turning Point Books (2011)

Life as Leb-neh Lover was originally a series of blog posts documenting the author’s adventures across the world. Shalhoub’s book is full of anecdotes describing a common Lebanese experience: the longing to live abroad, the unexpected pining for a Lebanese community in a foreign country, the culture shock upon return to the homeland, and the importance of being able to share one’s culture and language with a significant other.  

Stylistically, Life as a Leb-neh Lover draws on Lebanese colloquial dialect and is made up of a series of short stories that narrate a longer developmental arc. This adds a personal touch to the book and engages the Lebanese reader, evoking genuine amusement or an unconscious nod at the events at hand.


Finalist in The International Book Awards and Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards

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ABOUT KATAGYNA

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Hi! I'm Katagyna Shalhoub, a personal development coach, author and artist who loves learning about ways in which people can live healthier, happier and more authentic lives. 

With this knowledge I write books, like Futureproof!, a guide for youth on how to successfully tackle the 21rst century, give talks about unconventional ideas (like my TEDx talk on The Power of Distraction), lead group coaching sessions and retreats, and work with clients one-on-one. 

I've always been curious about people and creativity. I turned an Engineering Master’s degree at MIT into a research dissertation on how humans learn and later, while I worked on my Environmental Science PhD I wrote my first book, Life as a Leb-neh Lover, a finalist in the International Book Awards and the USA Best Book Awards. When I realized that my education didn’t fit with my values, I made the leap from working with underwater robots and writing software to working with people and writing creatively.  

As a coach, I help people redesign their lives, unlock their creativity and become the heroes of their own story. I'm a mother of three and believe that success in life is having freedom, love and creativity-in that order! 

My Story

I grew up in Lebanon hating school so much that I failed 10th grade because I was busy reading romance novels. When I discovered that I could go to college and learn anything I wanted to, I suddenly found the motivation to be 2nd in class and get into a U.S. university. 

There a whole new world of learning opened up for me and to maximize my learning, I took 21 credits a semester (any courses I could from Anthropology to Theatre to Marine Sciences and Electronics. I found out that 'discovery' was my drug. I loved learning about new things and documenting what it meant to me. What had started as a simple log of my days turned into earnest journaling. But I never made the link between writing and purpose until many years later. 

My itch for new experiences took me to Boston, Cape Cod, Nice and Dubai. I visited dozens of cities and tried every sport I could. Then motherhood changed everything for me. My life and my priorities were flipped on their heads and nothing made sense beyond nurturing and loving my babies. 

As I dusted off the rubble of that experience and tried to make sense of who I had become, I realized that technology without humanity was no longer an option for me. This is when I did a full about-face and as I wrote and dabbled in art, got myself certified in all kinds of coaching. I wanted to touch people's lives and make them better so I expanded my skillset to include empathy, connection, deep listening and intuition (in addition to observation, reasoning, logic, and problem solving).

In coaching, I came to the conclusion that helping clients develop an entrepreneurial mindset when it came to themselves, helped them 'run' more successful lives. This thinking eventually led me take a deep interest in all things innovation and entrepreneurship and to start developing my own framework around coaching, fulfillment and self-determination.  

Today I coach strong, smart women who want to change the world, I write about creativity, balance and fulfillment, I paint and I love my kids to the edge of the universe and back. 

Short Biography

Dr Katagyna Shalhoub is an author, speaker and certified coach with experience in both technical and artistic endeavors. She is a certified facilitator in several psychometric diagnostic tools (e.g. Emotional Intelligence) and an accredited trainer and facilitator passionate about understanding creativity, fulfillment and failure. 

Shalhoub has degrees in Electrical and Ocean Engineering, attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for her Master’s degree, and completed her PhD in Marine Optics with high distinction. In 2015, she gave a TEDx Talk on the Power of Distraction at Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi. Katagyna taught Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship at Business Schools in the Middle East and Shanghai. She has trained, coached and consulted for multinationals, NGOs and Governmental Origanizations. —— Katagyna was a speaker and facilitator at: 

Southern Oregon Creativity Conference, Oregon World Coaching Congress, Mumbai International Coach Federation Converge Conference, Washington DC Creative Rehab, Bali Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature, Dubai TEDx, Sorbonne Abu Dhabi and UAE University Canadian University, Dubai 

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FUTUREPROOF: 13 Things Your Parents Can't Tell You About Tomorrow

Develop the skills, strategies, and mindset you need to:

  • Stay relevant in a globally-connected world
  • Build a strong and secure foundation for yourself
  • Make your life the ultimate expression of YOU!

Your Journey Requires A Different Set of Tools

The world has changed, and if you’re young, the lessons and rules your parents followed to build their lives and careers don’t apply to you.  

So what do you need to know to design a productive and fulfilling life in today’s hyper-paced digital age?  

In FutureProof: 13 Things Your Parents Can’t Tell You About Tomorrow, Dr. Katagyna Shalhoub, reveals 13 steps that show you how to gain the 21st-century skills and knowledge you absolutely NEED to thrive in today’s ultra-competitive world.  

Through practical insights, questions, wisdom, and strategies, Katagyna provides you with a real-world roadmap that helps you …  

● Identify and connect with your true talents and desires ● Develop a clear sense of what you want your life story to be ● Define what happiness and success really means to you ● Make tough decisions with your heart and your mind ● Build sound life strategies and manage your expectations ● Acquire the skills you need to be indispensable in tomorrow’s workplace  

FutureProof! drives home the new reality that life and work should NEVER feel like a prison sentence. 

Instead, your life’s journey should feel like the ultimate expression of YOU!  

This book shows you how to master the nuts and bolts of being relevant in a globally-connected, automated world while building a meaningful life and a secure future! 

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KATAGYNA IN THE MEDIA

TEDxPSUAD: The Power of Distraction

We often think of distractions as negative events that need to be rejected and controlled. But what if distractions were actually there for a reason? What if distractions actually helped you expand your awareness of who you are? 

Listen to Katagyna (Kath)y Shalhoub as she takes you on a journey through her distractions, what they mean, and how they helped her discover her true ambitions. Don't forget to watch to the end for the three rules on how to 'do distraction right!'

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15 Things I Want My Kids To Be Instead Of ‘Happy’, Fatherly, Motherly, Scary Mommy

I’ve heard it so many times. I’ve even thought and said it myself: “I just want my kids to be happy.” But recently, I’ve decided “just being happy” isn’t what I want for my kids.  

Lots of things make my kids happy. No rules and late nights watching Disney Junior makes them happy, a mountain of Skittles dropped into a tub of caramel popcorn makes them happy, setting them loose in a toy shop with sticky fingers and a hammer makes them happy.

My ultimate objective as a parent is not to make my kids happy, it’s to see them fulfilled.


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Money Makers: Careers, Balance, Failure, and Success - Motherhood Moment 

In every survey of the top things teens and young adults worry about, right up at the top is a combination of grades, college, career choice, and making money. In short, their futures. What’s worse, most “mature” adults seem to hate their jobs. How can you avoid becoming a statistic?  

“Your career is not a life sentence, and your degree is not a lifetime pass to a good life,” says Kat Shalhoub, PhD ("Coach Kat") in her forthcoming book, Futureproof. “It’s merely an entry ticket into the races. Pick the race that matters most to you, because the hard work begins the day after you’ve got it.” 

I had a chance to interview her to learn more.


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The Feminine Struggle With Femininity - Femasia

A deck of large yellow cards were spread out in front of me. A yellow-haired Australian girl sat behind them smiling wide. “Pick the one you’re most drawn to,” she said. 

They were all face down and the backs of them looked exactly the same. I was in Bali co-facilitating a retreat and, one quiet afternoon, I found myself face to face with a fan of Tarot cards. I picked one at random, willing myself to have fun with this silly ‘game’.  


My Father's Daughter - Sukoon Mag

My father once told me that women were all the same; they made promises they didn’t keep. I was a freshman sitting cross-legged on my dorm bed holding the receiver to my ear.  

“They’re full of bullshit,” he said. I couldn’t remember his face but his voice sounded so much older than his fifty-seven. It sounded like someone else’s and very far away.  

“I really will come see you this summer,” I said again after his declaration. I was ready at last.  

“Whatever. Happy Birthday. I love you,” he said.


The Wellness Mindset: How to Build a Healthy Body and Mind - Soha Wellness 

All around well-being is one of the things that humans seek most these days. In fact, it’s quickly turning into a billion-dollar industry. Why? Because more people today than ever before suffer from stress and illnesses that traditional medicine can’t treat. The solution is, of course, to build it into our lives, not to medicate the stress away.

Psychologists have found that what actually does lead to long-term happiness and all around wellness is a combination of internal and external factors.

Kathy Shalhoub on success, if you haven’t failed you haven’t tried - New Arab Women's Forum 

Entrepreneurship is becoming a term that is embraced by more and more young women in the MENA region. While previously most youth and women strayed away from it out of fear of failure or lack of encouragement, today more and more women are starting their own businesses.  

It is not easy to be a woman in this part of the world, especially one that is an entrepreneur or aspiring to become one. We met with Kathy Shalhoub, author, personal development coach who strongly believes in supporting and empowering those who aspire to innovate, create and build businesses.  

She believes it all starts at home. The role that mothers (and fathers!) play in cultivating and encouraging entrepreneurial skills in their kids is critical.

Strip Down and Free Your Crazy - Rebelle Society

Every once in a while, she rears her head. She calls attention to herself. She cries out, “I’m here!”  

I hear her, but I ignore her. I know she’s there, but I walk past her without a second glance. “Hey!” she says. “Pay attention!” she says.  

But I’m scared. I’m scared to look at her. To see her. I’m scared she’s a Medusa who will turn me into stone. I’m scared I’ll fall in love with her. I’m scared she’ll carry me away forever. I’m scared. What if, though?  

What if I gave her a second glance? 

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2012: End of Days - The National

Shams lifted her arm up and covered her eyes from the blazing light. Was this the end of the world that everyone kept talking about lately? At seven, all she felt sad about was not being able to go to the pool at the weekend like her father, Baba, had promised.  

In the past few days the sun had blazed hotter and stronger than ever before. The usually hot city had become intolerable. The few trees that had dotted the landscape were dried and cracked and the grass in the parks was scorched to dry, crumbling cinders.  

Baba had been very distracted lately. 

Is A Professional Coach Better Than A Teacher? - LeadUp Magazine

Ever since I got certified as a Co-Active coach I realize that my approach to human interaction has transformed completely. The benefits have been enormous, from getting along better with my husband to coaching my kids through their tiny disasters to getting through to my third year university students in a way that their reviews include my class changing their lives.  

In fact, I realize that having a coaching arsenal in my toolbox is one of the most important skills I’ve ever acquired when it comes to teaching and training. Here are 10 reasons why.

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