Cathy Paper, M.A.

Cathy Paper is the founder of RockPaperStar, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in coaching, marketing and promotion for individuals, business owners or executives by offering creative ideas to improve process and performance. Cathy has coached executives and managers at Best Buy, Paramount Pictures, John Deere and Apple, as well as many Minnesota-based privately held companies and service firms. With energy and enthusiasm Cathy shares her networking savvy and marketing skills to guide leaders to define and reach goals for their teams and organizations. Her naturally competitive nature – Cathy runs, played rugby and was a Minnesota State Tennis Doubles Champion – is inspiring and contagious. Cathy earned her BA at Williams College and holds a Master’s Degree in Organization Development from the University of St. Thomas. She is a national speaker, a columnist for the American City Business Journals, a Forbes Council Coach; a winner of the Minnesota Business Magazine’s “Real Power 50, and the National Association of Women Business Owners “Woman on the Way” award, given to a woman business owner who has demonstrated ahead-of-the-curve achievement for herself and her company.

Cathy is on the board of The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. She has worked at William Blair & Company, Fallon McElligott and Best Buy. She and her husband live in St. Paul with their three children and two dogs.
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Rave Reviews

“Cathy has excelled as my business consultant for the past eight years. She’s quick and drives for results. She was a big part of my latest bestseller's impact and my product expansion.”

Harvey Mackay, Chairman
MackayMitchell Envelope
#1 New York Times Best Selling Author of Swim With The Sharks.

"Cathy Paper is the POSTMAN.  Ask her to work on a project and help you expand your business and she delivers!"

Paul Jaeb, President
Heartland Investigative Group

"Cathy Paper designed an amazing workshop and coaching program for my team.  We’re not an easy group, but everyone walked away inspired with a stronger sense of their strengths. Wow!"

Steve Suckow, Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Lifetouch Inc.

"We could have done a book launch without Cathy, but it wouldn't have been as successful. Her team was what made the difference."

Kirsten Feste-Taylor
Wealth Enhancement Group & VP Marketing for Bruce Helmer, WCCO Radio Show Host, National Author.

"Cathy is a dynamic, motivational and polished communicator and did a stunning job as a keynote over lunch at the American Society for Training and Development's Regional Conference. Her development of training and development programs for her very high profile clients is truly innovative and ground-breaking work. Cathy "gets it". She has the unique capabilities of being both creative and analytical, and can give you both the strategy and the detail of what it is that needs to get done for maximum impact. I would highly recommend Cathy."

Kristin Ford
Committee, Professional Development Committee, Past President at ASTD-TCC

"What a great event last week. We felt plenty of SPARKS and I loved how you helped each of us set a goal, breaking it down to reality-szed bites that are easy to chew."
Susan Kaufman
SVP Planning Director BBDO Proximity

"Thank you for speaking at our May 2010 Spring Graduation Exposition. You are such a rock star and you have a true gift for motivating people."

Karol Baumeister
Brown College, Career Services

"Cathy Paper doesn't need caffeine to rock, but it never hurts! Thanks for being such a good advisor and wingman. I'm so lucky to have worked with you!"
Libby Utter
President, ForbesUtter, Executive Search

“I’ve worked with Cathy as my coach and as a trainer and she’s excellent at clearly explaining what needs to happen next. She’s fun and engaging and gets me motivated to make things happen personally and professionally.

Jeff Stafford
Senior Corporate Trainer, University of Minnesota.
"I heard about and hired Cathy Paper at the last minute and she took us successfully through our book launch and helped implement so many moving parts. She hustles!"

~ Steven Schussler, Founder of The Rainforest Cafe, Best Selling Author of It's A Jungle In There.

Recent Media & Events

Cathy is a regular panelist for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and shared advice to an online community start-up.
Cathy discusses her entrepreneurial career and 17 year experience in the marketing industry.

RockPaperStar shared thoughts on publishing company, Llewellyn Worldwide, an expert in metaphysical books and products.
"Family Rituals and Routines: Good Times Even in Bad Times."
Summer 2009

Partial Client List