I am a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) with an active ACC-credential. As an ICF-credentialed coach, I am honor bound by the ICF code of ethics. Respect, confidentiality, and trust are core values. Please know that coaching is not therapy but a structured and professional support process to help high-performing people clarify goals and act on forward-looking solutions to achieve them. 

I am a design-thinking coach with decades of experience advising global young professionals at top-tier design, engineering, and Ivy League institutions. Leonardo Coaching's client base is 95% high potential young professionals 22-42. My broad yet deep academic background and PhD has been compelling for some; for others, my art, innovation, and design thinking experience. For others, my engineering, future concepts, and tech connections.


Curiosity and a growth mindset is in my DNA. I  will always push my own talent in new directions for a diverse portfolio of purpose-driven work.  I passionately believe in the power of coaching to change lives, and see my boutique coaching business as a way of giving back to young professionals.  Empowering others is making the world a better place. (I am also a cybersecurity consultant and strong advocate for women in tech.) 


I embrace the future of work as a digital nomad based by the sea in Newport, RI and until recently had offices at the Cambridge Innovation Center co-working space near MIT in Cambridge, MA.

Change is happening. How will you bring your best self to this time of transformation?

Bring a coach on your team for as little as $50/month or quarter (or week to start off with a blast). What are you waiting for?!!

  • Leonardo Coaching was founded in 2016 to offer the service of confidential external coaching excellence to young professionals.

  • Founder Nancy Austin has a PhD from Brown University with a pioneering thesis on innovative, entrepreneurial women and design education social impact founders. 

  • Her other degrees include a BA from Clark University with a double major in Mathematics and Chemistry.

  • Nancy graduated from the IPEC coach training program in early 2017 with a CPC.

  • In early 2017, Dr. Austin earned an ACC-credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF) - the body that sets standards for the young coaching profession.

  • Coach Nancy is an active member in the regional ICF-NE chapter, participating in pro bono coaching at the Massachusetts Conference for Women and other service events.

"Nancy Austin is a deep listener. She was able to elicit the kind of personal vision statements from me that I had never heard myself say so clearly before.  Nancy helped me find a profoundly purposeful new connection with the world and with the spirit. Highly recommended Life Coach!"

Executive Client in NY State