About Cathy Sexton, Productivity Expert and Profit Specialist
Bringing Clarity, Focus, and Efficiency to Your Life and Business
Feeling overwhelmed by running your business and what you need to accomplish each day?
Imagine how it would feel to accomplish more, in less time, with less effort AND build a healthy, profitable business in the process!
It is possible! As a successful business owner herself, Cathy Sexton knows the challenges business owners face. She understands being stressed, overworked, and underpaid, because she’s been there. But what she learned in getting through those struggles she now shares with others on their path to running a successful, profitable business that fuels their dreams.
For stressedpreneurs struggling with productivity and profitability, Cathy offers proven strategies, systems, and solutions. As a Certified Productivity Trainer and Certified Life Style Design Coach, Cathy brings a unique, comprehensive approach to complex situations. Add in her 30+ years of experience in accounting and expertise as a Profit Specialist and Cathy is truly THE partner in productivity and profitability every small business needs to succeed.
Cathy’s own journey to creating The Productivity Experts, and becoming that partner every business owner needs, is one of personal experience and deep understanding of what it really takes to achieve that balance between success in life and running a wildly successful business.
Years ago, Cathy Sexton found herself in an endless cycle of stress with a constantly increasing workload. At first, she started going to work a little earlier to try and catch up. This tactic seemed to work for a while, but she soon found herself starting earlier and earlier and it still wasn’t enough. So, she started adding extra hours to the end of the day, which created tension and stress in her personal life. Cathy was starting earlier and ending later than anyone else that worked with her. But, even working harder and putting in more hours, she still wasn’t able to catch up with the bulk of her work.
Adding to the frustration with work, Cathy’s drive to do it all and have it all started taking its toll on her health. She was almost constantly stressed, frustrated, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Her doctor was telling her that her workaholic ways were causing catastrophic changes to her body… and deep down she knew it was true. But she didn’t know how to get off the hamster wheel. It all felt important. What could she possibly give up and still fulfill her definition of success in her life?
After years of following this pattern, Cathy was diagnosed with a serious medical condition triggered by her stress.
The health scare was a wake-up call, which led to a difficult time full of self-evaluation, hard decisions, and changing long-standing habits and behaviors. Cathy knew something had to change. Ultimately, she realized that if she didn’t make changes, her daughter would grow up without a mother and her husband would lose his wife. Cathy knew she had to take a stand.
She realized the way she was managing her workload was the immediate factor in her health issues and strain in her personal life. She also quickly realized she was in control of her situation and habits, and only she could change them. She decided to reassess her work life and make serious changes to how she was prioritizing and spending her time. The next step was to take action in a healthier direction.
The Birth of a Mission
So, Cathy started reading, attending seminars, and working with a professional to get her started in the right direction. She spent countless hours researching, soul-searching, and finding a better way. She learned to organize her workload, increase her focus on the project at hand, and delegate some of the overwhelming workload she had in order decrease the stress in her life. Here, everything began to change.
After Cathy was able to break the bad habits she held in her own life, she realized her accomplishment could help others with the same issues. She had learned enough to know she wasn’t the only one struggling. So, Cathy set out again to learn everything she could to help others conquer their highly-driven ways and work smarter rather than harder too.
In 2003, Cathy boldly embraced the chance to redesign her future and follow her heart on her new mission. She launched a productivity consulting business that offered organizational and productivity skill-training to business owners, professionals, department managers, and individuals. The focus of The Productivity Experts was to help those individuals ignite their performance in their work environment, while increasing precious time with family and friends and creating balance in their lives.
Through her speaking and programs, Cathy was able to help those who were growing their business, advancing their career, or just wanting to reduce the daily pressures they faced.
Each program and presentation offered solid strategies, tips, and valuable takeaways that continuously helped clients and audience members accomplish more with less effort and less stress, which saved them time, money, and – in the long run – their health and sanity. She sought to inspire and guide each individual to create a life and business based on their values, so they could create a life they valued. And she used her strengths and passion to help others work smarter and find that work-life balance that had eluded her for years.
Over the years, Cathy has helped groups, individuals, small business owners, and entrepreneurs streamline their processes, get paid what they deserve, and achieve sustainable business growth and success, with less stress and more enjoyment of their lives.
The Mission Evolves and Continues
The more Cathy worked with entrepreneurs and small business owners, the more she realized just how common that overwhelming struggle to manage all aspects of running a business was. In an increasingly competitive market, she saw business owners were often overwhelmed by the demands on their time and resources. They had to wear more hats than ever to stand out and compete. They each had their own unique blend of strengths, weaknesses, and challenges, which directly affected their potential to succeed. And she watched many try solutions that merely put a Band-Aid on one problem, allowing the struggle to continue.
Business owners needed a comprehensive approach for creating the environment that supported healthy, sustainable growth for the business and addressed the many challenges business owners face. So, in 2016, Cathy started to formulate the vision for a solution that took all the wildly successful coaching, training, and speaking programs that had helped individuals and business owners in specific areas and combined them into one comprehensive program designed to address the overall health and wellness of a business.
Cathy took all her skills, expertise, and passion and created a road to health and wellness for business owners – their Prescription for Success. In doing so, she has become a shining example of how someone can take adversity and use it in a positive way to help others avoid the same pitfalls.
Through her own experience and what she learned, Cathy took all the elements that typically trip up business owners and developed her program around 5 key roadblocks to success – Mindset, Prioritization, Planning, Focus, and Energy – as well as giving each client insight into their Natural Productivity Style and how that affects the running of their business.
Her unique ability to evaluate what’s working and what’s not gets to the heart of what’s needed quickly, so business owners can maximize their strengths and fill in the gaps of their weaknesses.
Her Miracle Money Method program empowers business owners to tame expenses, realize profits, and see regular owner’s pay – some for the first time. And her focus on time management and implementation of proven systems and processes that substantially increase productivity and profits take any business, of any size, from struggling to thriving – fast!
In 2018, Cathy’s vision expanded even further to taking her signature program virtual. With this shift in providing valuable resources to stressedpreneurs, Cathy is making it possible to provide additional support business owners need, in a way that is easier and more convenient for them. She continues to work with clients through one-on-one coaching and embraces every opportunity to speak. Her mission is, as it has been from the start, to help individuals streamline their time and energy, make every moment count, and reach their goals – both personally and professionally.
Certifications, Memberships, and Accomplishments
Cathy is a member of NSA National Speakers Association, The Network for Productivity Excellence, the National Chapter of Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and NAPO St. Louis Chapter and the local chapter of American Society of Training and Development (ASTD). She is also an active member and partner in e4e (Experts for Entrepreneurs), a networking and business development group for entrepreneurs in the St. Louis area.
She is co-author of Focus, Organization and Productivity, Exploring Productivity, 7 Points of Impact, and Living the Innergized Life, as well as the author of 52 Powerful Success Strategies to Ignite Productivity and The Productivity Habit: A 10-Week Journal to Become More Productive. She also actively provides valuable content and resources for business owners through her productivity blog on TheProductivityExperts.com and her Productivity to Profit Talk TV show, which can be found on the Raven International Network using Roku or Amazon Fire .
- Certified “GO” – Getting Organized System© Trainer
- Certified Productivity Trainer
- Certified “Life Style Design Coach”
- Graduate of the nationally recognized Women Entrepreneur Program through St. Louis Community College, who went on to serve as a facilitator and instructor for that program during the years it was in existence
- “Small Business of the Year” in 2006 by the Fenton Chamber of Commerce
- Nominated for SBA Financial Services Champion of the Year in both 2005 and 2006
- Nominated for SBA Financial Services Champion of the Year in both 2005 and 2006
- 30+ year background in accounting
- Over 16 years as a Business and Productivity Coach
Past and Current Affiliations:
- Partner – Experts 4 Entrepreneurs (e4e), St. Louis, MO
- Member of National Speakers Association (NSA)
- The Network for Productivity Excellence (NPEX)
- National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), St. Louis Chapter
- American Society of Training and Development (ASTD)
- Mastermind Network of St. Louis
Expertise Featured in:
- Entrepreneur Magazine
- Return on Performance Magazine
- St. Louis Post Dispatch
- St. Louis Small Business Journal
- St. Louis Business Journal
- Lawyers Weekly
- It’s Your Biz
- St. Louis Women’s Journal
- NBC Affiliate, MPR Radio, and KSDK TV