The Core Brilliance Academy is YOUR source for learning how to live your calling and leave a legacy, while loving your own life, too.

You have an important role to play in making this world a better place.

Our mission is to guide you in fulfilling your life’s purpose and making a powerful impact, without burning out or compromising your ability to be present in the rest of your life.

We are committed to giving you the mentorship, training, and strategies you need to achieve your big vision—with integrity, balance, and joy.

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The Core Brilliance Movement

We invite you to be part of our growing movement of change-makers and purpose-driven people who are committing to changing the world in a way that is emotionally, physically, and spiritually sustainable.

If you are ready to make a bigger difference in the world while leading with integrity, staying connected with your loved ones, and enjoying a deeply fulfilling and meaningful life, this is where you belong.

A new world really is possible, and the way there can feel fun, easeful, and fully aligned. Will you be the next to join us?

Core Brilliance Movement

Interview with Katherine Golub,
Founder of the Core Brilliance Academy

Why did you create the Core Brilliance Academy?

I am dedicated to fostering a global movement of change-makers, social entrepreneurs, healers, and community leaders who want to fully live their calling and leave a powerful legacy, while sustaining their passion and enjoying their own lives, too. In this way, I work with my clients to co-create a healthier, happier, and more just world for our children and our children’s children.

Katherine Golub

How did you discover this path?

From a very young age, I was a super over-achiever, and as a young adult, I was a workaholic community organizer, first doing solidarity work in Central America and later working in Strategic Affairs for the hotel workers’ union.  Even though I did good and important work, I was not happy.  My self-worth was based on how “successful” I was, and I became exhausted trying to be everything to everyone.  As a result, I suffered from chronic anxiety, migraines, and other health problems, and after several years of nonstop work, I was burnt out.

What empowered you to change your life?

For a long time, I knew I was called to do something different.  But I was terrified to let other people down, so I ignored my heart and continued to work all day, almost every day.  It took having a baby and recognizing that I couldn’t be the mother I wanted to be while working sixty hours a week to convince me to leave my job.  I followed my intuition and embarked on a path toward creating a career aligned with my purpose.  I am passionate about helping people who feel unfulfilled in their current career create a path in which they can thrive—financially, emotionally, and spiritually.

How does your personal story relate to your work with leadership and team-building?

It breaks my heart to see the potential that’s wasted when talented people burn out and leave work they might otherwise love (like I did!) because they feel drained by interpersonal conflicts or an unsustainable workload.  There’s so much research and knowledge available about how to build effective teams and communicate effectively, but managers often come to their positions without proper training.  As a result, both supervisors and supervisees struggle with workplace conflict that leads to exhaustion and disengagement.  I’m committed to helping community leaders foster high-performing teams so that everyone in the workplace flourishes and feels productive and purposeful.

What is your professional background?

For several years, I worked in Strategic Affairs for the hotel workers’ union.  After my son was born, I left this work and became a yoga teacher, childbirth mentor, and birth doula.  In January of 2013, I finally answered my calling to launch my practice as a professional coach.  I am also pursuing my MBA with a concentration in Collaborative Leadership at Marlboro College.  To learn more about my professional training, click here.


How do you work with your clients?

I act as a thought partner, a sounding board who cares deeply about helping you reach your goals and fulfill your mission, while remaining unbiased and objective.  Creating space for you to hear your own voice and gain a fresh perspective, I ask tough questions that shine light on your blind spots and speak truths that others might not share.  I am a mix between your mentor, guide, teacher, trusted friend, and fiercely compassionate accountability partner. In every great story, the hero has allies, and I am yours.

I offer proven strategies and tools to help my clients create change much faster than they could on their own.  In our work together, you will transform the old habits and thought patterns that hold you back.  While I follow a tried and true methodology, my professional coaching is highly personalized—tailored to support your unique needs and strengths.

Are you ever hired by the organizations that your clients work for?

Yes.  The long-term success of an organization is directly linked to the skill of its leaders.  I provide confidential, professional support to non-profit and business leaders, and together we form collaborative partnerships to grow even more effective organizations.

What type of personality do you work best with?

My clients are change-makers, visionary creators, social entrepreneurs, healers, and community builders.  My clients are go-getters and high-achievers who are looking for a mentor with the skills and expertise to help them up their game and reach the next level of fulfillment in their lives.  To them, being successful includes having the freedom to be their authentic selves and fully live their life’s calling.  To learn more about the transformations my clients experience as a result of working with me, click here! 

Is there anyone your professional coaching programs are NOT going to work for?

I work best with individuals who are ready to take full responsibility for their personal fulfillment. While I will guide and support you each step of the way, you are responsible for taking the action necessary to change your life. My programs will not work for you if you are looking for someone to fix you or if you are not willing to implement what you learn.

I’m very selective in choosing who I work with, (gently) turning away people who aren’t suited for my programs because they wouldn’t get the results they signed up for (and that wouldn’t be fair to them!). 

Do you work with people over the phone or on Skype?

Yes!  While I see many of my clients in my office in Greenfield, MA, I see most of my clients over Skype.  I have worked with clients as far away as China, Wales, and Canada. 

How much do you charge?

I typically charge between $2000 and $6000 for coaching programs that range between four and nine months. I occasionally offer a scholarship rate for community organizers and lower-income change-makers. If you apply for a discovery session and are a good match for the services I offer, we will work together to come to an agreement that best serves you and your needs.
Who else belongs to the Core Brilliance Academy team?

Michele Stohen of Cape Town, South Africa, is Administrator Extraordinaire at the Core Brilliance Academy. She brings an extensive business background, a passion for wellness, and an amazing spirit to our work. Michele is a vital part of moving our mission forward, and I am daily reminded of how grateful I am to have her by my side (albeit virtually!). 

May I ask how you pronounce your last name?

Certainly—this is a question I get asked a lot!  Think “Go love.” Golub sounds just like “go love,” only with a “b” instead of a “v.” 

I have a family and a busy life, how can I know I will find time for the program?

My programs are designed with you in mind! If you feel too busy to commit to a program, this may be the most important reason for you to invest in yourself now.  I encourage you to follow your gut—if it is telling you to wait, now might not be the time. But, if your intuition is urging you to receive support, then jump on board, and we’ll begin by investigating ways to create time and space in your life. 

I know I need to work with you, but I don’t know if I can afford it—what should I do?

I get this question often.  Working with me is indeed an investment.  I pride myself in helping clients identify the program best suited to their needs, and that includes not over-investing in a program if it isn’t the right fit. Making the decision to invest in support can be scary, and it always requires a leap of faith.

Any effective leader will tell you that the key to success is having the courage to listen to your inner guidance, even in the face of fear. I invite you to imagine for a moment that money isn’t an issue.  What does your intuition tell you about reaching out for support?

Next, I invite you to shift your mindset from the cost of the program to the cost of staying stuck.  What will your life be like if you don’t take this step forward and continue on exactly the way you have been?

If you suspect that you will probably just stay stuck without receiving support—or if you want to move towards your goals as quickly as possible, I invite you to sign up for a free discovery session today, and then do some thinking in advance about how you may be able to afford the program. We can explore your ideas during our discovery session to help you get creative and comfortable with making an investment. 

I know that I want to work with you—what next?

Start by setting up your free strategy session below so we can get to know each other better. Or, if you’d prefer, you can email me at  I look forward to talking more about how I can support you on your path toward fully living your calling and loving your life!