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Kate Zappitelli, CPCC, ACC 

Chair, Alignment Institute® / HOW Activator  

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Kate Zappitelli serves as Chair of the Alignment Institute, a premier leadership development academy designed to support leaders as they move beyond agreement to lead through influence. As a HOW Activator, Kate partners with leaders and executive teams, across many industries, guiding them on how to start with self, create clarity, and drive alignment as a team. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) certified through the Co-Active Training Institute and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) certified through the International Coaching Federation.

Her 15+ years of experience partnering with senior leaders includes helping them to execute ambitious initiatives focused on leveraging employee strengths, creating value for customers, and innovative processes.

“A leader’s most powerful ally is their own example. Leaders don’t just talk about doing something, they do it.”
– John Wooden

Background and Experience

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As a HOW Activator, Kate loves working on and with teams. She is ever curious about the human experience and is dedicated to collective and individual growth. She received the Karrikins Group Level Up Award in 2019 in recognition of her personal commitment to growth and development.

Kate is a social justice ally and advocate and has been involved in social justice organizations and activities for the past 20 years. Her social justice work includes using theater as a forum for solving the avoided. Under her leadership, the Anschutz Inclusivity Alliance received the Rosa Parks Diversity Award from the University of Colorado Denver. She currently serves as Board Co-Chair for Envision:You, the only state-wide organization focused on closing gaps in behavioral health outcomes for LGBTQ+ Coloradoans.

Kate is a StrengthsFinder facilitator, Reiki practitioner, and earned a master’s degree from New York University. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, sister, and two daughters.

Professional Experience

  • CPCC Certified Professional Co-Active Coach
  • ACC Associate Certified Coach
  • Social Justice Actor/Facilitator for Affinity Arts Consulting
  • Special Projects Senior Coordinator, Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Chief of Staff, Office of the Provost at New York University

Educational Background

  • MA from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University
  • BA in Communication from University of Colorado – Boulder

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