Who IS Kay Collier McLaughlin?
I am, first of all, a psycho-educator; a teacher; a life-long learner whose passion is to make the world a better place than I found it through sharing best practices for life-giving relationships in human systems—from families to organizations of all sizes and shapes. My philosophy was formed in what for me were complimentary systems that others might consider diverse companions: music, the arts, football (high school, college and professional), academia, religion, human relations and psychology. I write so I better understand what I experience in the world. I hold a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Counseling Psychology from The Union Institute with sub –specialties in group development, life transitions, bereavement and single adult development-and consider continuing education opportunities one of the most energizing forces in life.
Many years ago, a beloved mentor identified me as a multidisciplinary person, long before the world had adopted that terminology. The various passions around which my life is organized include work as a design consultant/coach (listening to the issues of a client/group and utilizing my training and experience to create a design and facilitate it); transition and human relations trainer, collage artist, writer, motivational/inspirational speaker/preacher; spiritual seeker, perpetual student—and always wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Then there is FOOTBALL. Growing up in the world of Athletics – high school, college and professional – had a profound impact on my life. One of the ways I honor this legacy is by participation with two unique organizations who endeavor to hold up ethics, integrity and education in football (The Blanton Collier Sportsmanship Group) and to emphasize the good side of football and utilize the platform of professional football to support children’s charities (The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.)
I live on a small lake north of Lexington, Kentucky with my master woodworker husband, Raymond, and find re-creative energy in making pure paper collages, playing the piano (and sometimes the violin, French horn or bowed psaltery) writing and sewing. The joy I know in living on a small lake is magnified by annual trips to Door County, Wisconsin and knowing the beauty of Green Bay and Lake Michigan, and making paper in the studio of Kirsten Christiansen, and being beside the ocean, anytime, anywhere. I am blessed with two amazing daughters, Diane Slone, a violin teacher and mother to MaryChun, a swimmer, flutist and violinist. Laura Newsome, a realtor, and her husband Brad are parents to Virginia, a musical theater student, and the inspiration for my book on transformative leadership, and Drew, an all-star baseball player.
I am a native Kentuckian whose spiritual life was formed and nurtured in the Episcopal Church, and whose life journey continues to be influenced by experiences in Japan, China, Australia, Russia as well as Europe, and connections with seekers, teachers and new environments for the mind, heart and spirit .