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

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Success is yours.

What can you expect? Coaching is all about forwarding the action given where you are right now. As your trusted and confidential external coach, my only mission is to help you gain clarity on your goals, imagine new possibilities, break through defined/undefined blocks holding you back from achieving your goals,  and empower you with action plans designed so you reach your fullest potential in an authentic life of realized purpose that you recognize as yours. 

*** Please know coaching works best for forward-looking high-achievers and is not appropriate for those seeking mental health support. Therapy is a related but completely different respected and licensed profession. I am a coach here to help you with goals and action plans. Are you ready?!

Nancy Austin, PhD is an ICF-certified, design thinking coach with decades of experience helping young professionals succeed. Available for remote coaching (EST) [& not at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Cambridge, MA - Metro: Kendall Square/MIT].


Leonardo Coaching is Leadership, Confidence & Career Coaching for Young Professionals. Your Life Path Partner. Proven Success. 

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