About Caped Coaching LLC

Who We Are

There is a hero in all of us, and we exist to help you discover your passion, your purpose, and your power, and to provide you with the confidence and tools to challenge the status quo, to confront your fears, and to change your world.

Many of us often feel lost and confused due to the obligations and pressures of family, school, work, and our busy everyday lives. We want to do something important with our lives, but are limited by our self-beliefs and destructive habits. Caped Coaching is a personal development organization that helps people in the prime of their lives develop a foundation for greatness. Our group workshops and personal coaching programs are designed to challenge people, and develop the confidence, strategies, and tools they need to live up to their fullest potential. Our mission is to empower everyone to help make the world a better place.

If you would like additional information about our programs, check out What We Do.

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About Chad

CHAD ELLSWORTH is an author; professional keynote speaker; career, leadership, and life coach; and entrepreneur. Beginning with his earliest experiences as a college freshman and fraternity man, he has been in search of a better way to empower others to be themselves and become the best versions of themselves.

As a college junior, Chad challenged his fraternity chapter’s culture of hazing, after which he was forced to move out in the middle of the night. (You can find his story here.) Chad left the experience consumed by the idea that there is a better way: to bring members into organizations; to create and deliver challenging, meaningful, and positive experiences; and to provide them with the confidence, knowledge, and skills to be authentic, empowered, and values-driven in their personal and professional lives.

In graduate school, Chad conducted and published an original research study on perceptions of hazing, receiving national recognition for his work, which led him to serve as President of the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization HazingPrevention.Org. As a result of that role, he was asked to create and deliver two presentations at the Theta Chi Fraternity’s 2010 National Convention and School of Fraternity Practices. The second presentation, “Building Heroes,” changed his life and led to the creation of Caped Coaching, LLC.

As a professional, Chad spent seven-plus years as the Program Director for the Office for Fraternity & Sorority Life at the University of Minnesota, where he advised and mentored student leaders, developed educational and leadership development programs, and served as a liaison for the fraternity and sorority community with the campus and Minneapolis-St. Paul communities. In 2007, Chad was named an Anti-Hazing Hero by HazingPrevention.Org, and in 2010, he received one of two awards that year for Outstanding Greek Life Professionals by the Fraternity Information & Programming Group (FIPG).

Chad is a Career Coach in the Undergraduate Business Career Center at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, where he was recognized in 2018 as Staff of the Year by a vote of the school’s students. He is passionate about helping others connect their interests, passions, skills, and strengths to their personal and professional goals so they can have the opportunity to do what they do best every day.

He has been: a member of the University of Minnesota community since 2004; an Academic Advisor and interim Pre-Health Career Coach for the College of Biological Sciences; an Academic and Career Coach for the Center for Academic Planning & Exploration; Adjunct Faculty for the College of Biological Sciences, Leadership Minor, and Office of Undergraduate Education; Program Director for the Office for Fraternity & Sorority Life; and Student Activities Advisor.

Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Chad received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska in 2001, and his master’s degree from the University of Maryland in 2004. He lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area with his wife, Kristin, and two sons, Joey and Paul.