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Kathy Taberner & Kirsten Siggins

Kathy and Kirsten are a mother/daughter duo with a passion for understanding self and others.  After 10 years of coaching leaders in organizations, they recognized a need to leverage the curiosity skills that we already have in order to support our success – both personally and professionally.  While coaching supports learning, curiosity creates it!  The Institute Of Curiosity (formerly Coaching  Culture) was created as a fun place to discover, learn, and connect with self and others by simply leveraging the skills we already have.

Resilient/authentic relationships, understanding self and others, meaningful connections, feeling seen, heard and understood – not only are these fundamental human needs for health and happiness, none of them can be achieved without curiosity. Throw in collaboration, innovation and critical thinking – essential for any leader or organizations success – also unattainable without curiosity.

We believe  in The Power of Curiosity and are excited to share The Institute Of Curiosity with you.  Mahatma Gandhi asked us to be the change we want to see in the world. We believe we can change the world, by our own example, one curious conversation at a time. We are honored to have you join us in the conversation.

Our clients include: leaders, physicians, health care organizations, negotiators, educators and parents.  Learn more about our method here.


Coaching_106Kathy Taberner, MA, PCC

Kathy earned her certificate in Executive Coaching at Royal Roads University. She is a Certified Executive Coach with the designation of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation. She serves on the Ethics Review Committee for the ICF, and has served on various non-profit boards and works as a volunteer for organizations that support women.

Kathy’s experience has taught her that the leadership of an organization must work with its constituents to build a culture of understanding, collaboration and respect, one that is aware of the employees’ needs as human beings if an organization is to thrive as a productive, sustainable enterprise. Kathy is a retired occupational therapist who was in industry, working with and integrating disabled employees back into the workplace in a way that worked for everyone. She completed an MA in Leadership, where her project focused on the leadership styles and emotional intelligence of women in senior leadership positions and since then has focused her work on supporting others in developing their leadership skills. A huge focus of this work has involved supporting leaders as they build their communication skills as part of enhancing their leadership skills.

Kathy has published in the IJCO International Journal of Coaching in Organizations: “Healthcare Professionals: Learning a Different Conversations” (2011, 8(3), 71-78),

Kathy has received the Prism Award from the International Coaching Federation (Vancouver) for her work with the British Columbia Provincial Health Authority in the area of coaching and leadership development.

Kathy shares her time between the Okanagan and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Kathy is a Certified Physician Coach – www.leaderphysician.com

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Kirsten earned her certificate in Executive Coaching at Royal Roads University in 2006. Kirsten is a Certified Executive Coach, a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), and has a BA from Dalhousie University. With the birth of her first child, Kirsten gained a greater appreciation of the importance of communication as a parent, and the influence it has on the development of our children as emerging leaders. Through her experience as an executive coach working with leaders, she has seen first hand how parents and schools are not supporting our emerging leaders with the skills needed to succeed in our constantly changing future.   While the ‘what’ of parenting (loving, feeding and keeping your kids safe etc) remains the same, ‘how’ parents show up to support their kids has changed (need for curiosity, collaboration, understanding of self and others, critical thinking, communication skills). These are skills very few are ever taught and are expected to have in order to succeed. Kirsten shares the skills found soon to be released book The Power Of Curiosity with women’s and parent groups in Los Angeles.

Kirsten believes curiosity is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Based on her experience as a production manager in the entertainment industry, as a wardrobe stylist (American Idol, AOL RED) and promotions coordinator for Warner Music London UK, she has seen how regardless of the industry, age and position, we all struggle with communication skills and building relationships – essential to personal success, growth, innovation, health and happiness.

Kirsten lives with her husband and 2 kids in Los Angeles, CA.


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