I wasn’t sure what I would get from joining a mentor group but felt a need to connect with entrepreneurs that were in the trenches — like I was. Running a business is a crazy roller coaster that is terrifying and thrilling at the same time but it’s a ride that I never want to get off! I knew from the first mentor meeting that it would be a safe place to freely share ideas, fears, doubts and sometimes, my feelings. As I reflect on taking part in Lighthouse’s mentor program, I wonder if I would have achieved the major accomplishments without Cathy and these amazing women cheering me on. In 2017 I competed in my first body building competition, won the Rising Star of Whistler award, expanded on Caveman Grocer's success and started a digital agency. When I told Cathy and the group what I wanted to do, their reaction was not one I had for myself. They didn’t doubt me for a second and installed much needed confidence and encouragement for me to go for it. Lighthouse played a pivotal role in making 2017 one heck of a year for me. Thanks Cathy!
I was looking for a coach to help me expand my business and specifically, someone with a wide range of expertise. Sharing thoughts with Cathy on possible approaches to goals helped me decide what route to take. She made the right options obvious, not by telling me what to do but by highlighting things I said that made that choice clear. Cathy is motivated and motivating and I found this coaching experience to be a great “big-picture” experience that produced really solid results.
I have had the great pleasure to work with Cathy in many different capacities over the years. I know from these experiences that she is a capable, results-oriented and inspiring leader; a wonderful, collaborative team player; and an engaging speaker who uses her varied experiences and humor to deliver valuable lessons for her audience. No matter the project, Cathy continues to reach out, share her knowledge, and touch the lives of many along the way.
Cathy Goddard is one of those women that you know has put great effort into polishing her professional career and is determined to use her endless stream of energy to help you do the same. As a facilitator and speaker, she is a complete pleasure to listen to with material that is always relevant.
Thanks so much for facilitating our ‘Moving Up: Business Growth Strategies’ workshop. Your “down to earth” honest and real-life examples were wonderful! I really appreciated your openness and generosity of spirit. You are a model of how other women entrepreneurs can learn and grow.
Our organization was looking for someone to speak on customer service and Cathy Goddard came highly recommended. We were definitely not disappointed and actually delighted that she was such an excellent presenter that got everyone engaged and instilled in them a positive, uplifting attitude. She shared an abundance of tools to reinforce how important customer service, but most impressively, she got the group moving and actually walking the walk, not just talking the talk. Thank you Cathy for delivering such inspiration.
Lighthouse Mentor Network has been a great investment for the development of my business. The intimate group setting encourages close connections that focus in on achieving business targets. The group members share professional advice and their business contacts, turning what would be a “cold” call into a “warm” call.
In the last mentor group I participated in, an introduction turned into a contract that provided three months of work. That would not have happened without being a part of the Mentor Network and I look forward to driving my business growth in this round of the program.
Feeling I needed direction and guidance in my professional life, I joined Cathy's 'Set Your Intentions' workshop and followed that up with coaching sessions. She helped me define my values and to create a plan for a career change that more closely aligns with what is most important to me. Cathy has been motivating and inspiring and working with her has been the push I needed to move towards a more fulfilling life.
Lighthouse Mentor Network has been instrumental in me building my social enterprise, Local Whistler. This mentor program has helped me build and sustain momentum by offering regular sessions, accountability partners and a number of specially designed tools. I've also hired Lighthouse's founder, Cathy Goddard as a business coach and she is always willing to share her years of business experience while remaining down to earth and easy to talk to. Choosing to invest in myself and my business has enabled me to connect with like-minded people and gain insights I otherwise would have missed out on.
I was at a time in my life where answers to questions were not coming easily. For me, my questions were “How do I get where I want to be?” My end goal was clear but there seemed to be too many obstacles to overcome to get me there. I’ve known Cathy for many years and reached out because I trusted that she could help and because I trust HER! Cathy and I embarked on Lighthouse's “Explorer” coaching package and she was not only my guide and my champion but her good nature, supreme organization skills and due diligence kept me right on track and moving forward. If you are need clarity or someone to guide you, I’d highly recommend Cathy who will help you navigate your way.
As a small business owner, it can be hard to find the time to do any planning, but it's oh-so-vital if you want to make any pivots or to reaffirm that you're going in the right direction. I just finished Lighthouse's Set Your Intentions workshop, and I'm taping my Mission Map to my office wall. I had some big picture business ideas in the back of my mind for some time and after working through these modules, I’ve been able to create a plan to achieve these goals. Thank you Cathy for your practical, easy-to-follow program.
Cathy Goddard led a session for our Executive Team on Communication & Conflict Management and delivered the content in a way that was not only informative but collaborative, engaging and fun. She shared tools that promoted effective communication within the team, elevated their skills and focused everybody on working towards shared goals and desired results. Cathy created a safe atmosphere and everyone clearly enjoyed the session and their takeaways have made a noticeable improvement in team dynamics. We will be utilizing Cathy’s services for future initiatives and would highly recommend her as a facilitator.
As an energetic guide, Cathy Goddard leverages her extensive leadership experience to drive your success. Cathy’s approachable manner and knowledge means that as a personal mentor, small group facilitator or keynote speaker, she leads you to the next steps and action that will deliver optimal outcomes
Whether Cathy is facilitating a mentor group, leading a workshop or moderating an open forum, her passion for business is evident in everything she does. Through Lighthouse Mentor Network, she provides a supportive network and safe environment for business owners to share ideas and offer expert advice to one another. Cathy has a real talent for providing effective business solutions for small business owners. Her energy, enthusiasm and determination are infectious and with her support, anything is achievable.
As part of Lighthouse Mentor Network, I acquired so much support and expertise from my entrepreneur’s group. Our group was carefully put together by Cathy Goddard, so that each of our talents supported the others on the team. She facilitated the group with talent, allowing us the freedom to flow within a structure that produced great results and learning. My biggest takeaways were to grow my business expertise in areas I was less adept at and to get a new tribe of entrepreneurs (and deep friendships!) to help guide me on my business journey.
Working for large corporations the last 10 years, I was able to bounce ideas and seek guidance of senior management. When I started my own business, I missed those people around me so I jumped at the chance to surround myself with women entrepreneurs through Lighthouse's mentor program. Cathy did a brilliant job of selecting women who would complement each other both personally and professionally. Lighthouse Mentor Network offered encouragement, support, new ideas and connections. Along with that new network of ‘senior management’ and Cathy’s tools for goal setting and accountability, the dream of opening a second Peaked Pies location in Vancouver will be realized this year.
Cathy Goddard of Lighthouse Visionary Strategies was the jump start we needed to create our company's first ever strategic plan. She was able to guide our team through a new process with patience and experience; she helped us build a plan that suited our company and she has provided continuous support to ensure that we follow through.
Working with Cathy has been a fantastic process. Her enthusiastic personality and innovative platforms have given me the confidence to launch my new business. Cathy funneled my ideas into a structured vision so my company is true to my intentions and goals. She has kept me accountable for steps that have projected me forward in a short timeline. I am thankful for her guidance to clarify my ideas and encouragement to believe in my dreams.
Cathy is an incredible visionary and community builder. She has the unique ability to identify a need, develop a content to satisfy it, and then share knowledge to benefit others. I’ve attended Cathy’s workshops, been on a panel she moderated, been a member of her mentor network and participated in the sharing of ideas and inspirations. I don’t hesitate to recommend Cathy Goddard and will continue to encourage participation in programs she is involved with.
Cathy is an advocate for entrepreneurs passing along her energy and enthusiasm to everyone she meets, as well as her extensive know-how. I worked with Cathy through her Mentor Network and she truly practices what she preaches, making her an excellent role model for any small business owner. Her level of customer satisfaction is outstanding and she truly cares about the success of everyone in the program.
I have been part of the Lighthouse Mentor groups for a couple of seasons now and each year they manage to keep me motivated, inspired and focused. They are a great way to get out of the 'home office' and meet other business owners. Cathy guides the group through the conversations, keeping everyone motivated and accountable, whilst also sharing her own knowledge and ideas. Every year I take away great ideas, tips and solutions to implement into Whistler Creative.
Cathy came recommended to us through the conference services department of our Whistler hotel. Although we hadn’t met prior to her actual presentation, she grasped our intention right away. Her workshop focused on building leadership from within and and received lots of positive feedback from our team. Cathy kept everyone in focus and did a great job of delivering the message in a humorous but thought provoking way. I would highly recommend her for any group or team as she was able to customize her presentation to fulfill our desired message.
Cathy Goddard delivered for us in spades…from the first moment we approached her she was prompt, professional and brings with her a quick wit to boot. She is focused, organized and delivers an end product that our workshop attendees rely on. Her focus is on the people in the seats listening to her and she maintained that focus for 3+ hours. We have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending her to any organization interested in delivering first-rate keynotes and workshops.
Cathy Goddard is a visionary. It’s right there in her company name, Lighthouse Visionary Strategies, but she truly lives it. She envisions business opportunities or programs that help others reach their potential and then she makes those ideas real, delivering excellent results for all involved. She’s great fun too so that is a huge bonus.
Cathy puts an amazing amount of work and preparation into all her endeavours. As a part of Lighthouse Mentor Network, I had access to Cathy’s abundance of knowledge and expertise, and the opportunity to discuss common business problems with other entrepreneurs. Through our meeting’s open and honest conversations, I acquired solutions to challenges and a support network that held me accountable for implementing those solutions. Best of all, I came away with a new resource of business-minded acquaintances and friends.
Cathy is an inspiring and creative leader always willing to go above and beyond to get positive results. The mentor programs she offers fills a real need in our community for women requiring assistance to take their businesses to the next level. I gained so much wisdom and insight as part of Lighthouse Mentor Network and it allowed me to achieve greater results at work. Cathy’s energy is boundless and her desire to help others succeed is very inspiring. I highly recommend Cathy if you are looking to take your business to new heights.
Cathy Goddard has created a culture of sharing, educating, connecting and promoting small businesses through all of Lighthouse’s programs. Whether through her coaching services, award-winning mentor program or the Open Forum Speaker Series, Lighthouse empowers small business owners, helping them to discover opportunities and encouraging them to action. As part of Lighthouse Mentor Network from the very beginning, I have witnessed Cathy’s willingness to share her business advice and feel that this program has enabled me to prosper in exciting ways.