Who is Capriole Consulting?

After earning master’s degrees at the Organizational Psychology program at Columbia University, we realized our philosophies and approaches to change leadership and organizational development were complementary and well aligned.

We formed our consulting consortium to meld our backgrounds in high tech, manufacturing and the corporate world to offer solutions that address our clients’ challenges with executive and team performance. We work with a wider group of consultants and coaches to bring in the expertise just in time, and as needed by our clients.

We specialize in three main areas: executive coaching, optimizing team dynamics and performance, and “future-proofing” your ongoing HR/team performance efforts. Please see our Services page for more information about our specialties.

Why Capriole Consulting?


We’re called Capriole because we’re inspired by the jumps horses make in classical dressage. The capriole move requires great strength and is considered a highly difficult move. But we know change via leaps and bounds IS possible. Our clients aren’t bounded by incremental change: Leaping from one level directly to the next just takes training and practice.  

Cathy Chen-Rennie, the Capriole Consulting founder, specializes in coaching tech leaders enabling development of their own skills in leading teams. She came from leading engineering teams in large tech companies as well startups launching product features as a manager and product manager. She has an additional master’s degree in Information Technology, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Learn more.   Linked In

Elaine Renz, a Capriole Consulting partner, specializes in team building and process improvement that enables productive development and improved performance. She has long served as a manufacturing program manager launching new products, and has worked with diverse teams around the world for over 25 years. She has an additional master’s degree in Project Management, and a B.S. in Chemistry. Linked In