Kathleen Kelly was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, the Show-Me state. She was raised in the Catholic religion and attended an all-girls Catholic high school. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology at St. Louis University and a Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Kathleen worked for the federal government for thirty-five years as an Operational Meteorologist, a Research Meteorologist, a Program Manager, an Acquisition Manager, a Chief of Staff, a CIO, and an IT security Compliance Officer. She retired from the federal government and worked in private industry as a Program Manager for thirteen more years.
Kathleen has been reading self-help and spiritual books her entire adult life. Topics have included personal growth, improving relationships, human behavior, mental health, leadership, emotional intelligence, managing people, spiritual development, spiritual philosophies, and more. As a Program Manager, she has worked with and motivated people for over thirty years. She has also mentored younger people at various stages in their careers. She was moved after reading three books written by Daniel Goleman on emotional intelligence and believes, with Goleman, that teaching emotional intelligence in schools would add value to the overall learning experience. She decided to write a book that she could use to mentor young people who are starting their careers as well as to teach emotional intelligence. Knowing that people always like a good story, she decided that a good way to teach emotional intelligence would be to describe her own experiences that relate to aspects of emotional intelligence. She hopes that people can relate to them and think about how they would demonstrate emotional intelligence in their own similar experiences.
Kathleen lives with her family of two cats in Annapolis, Maryland. She retired in April 2020 and is enjoying her favorite activities. She enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, kayaking, biking, and hiking. Her love of music keeps her interested in playing the piano and Celtic harp.