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grat·i·tude (gratus)

Noun. The state of feeling appreciative for a kindness which has been granted or given, and (very often) of wanting to give something in return. (

con·nec·tion (connexionem)

Noun.  The energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued: when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenace and strength from the relationship.  (

Meet Kiana Laurin Tralongo

Kiana is an optimistic transformational leader and connector fueled by GRIT (and striving for grace), who coaches and facilitates with candid, compassionate challenge. After a rewarding career in strategic economic development finance, she harnessed the courage to shift her life's focus in alignment with her purpose: to connect, live, and lead with growing humans through authentic intention and challenge.


She founded Gratus Connecting, LLC on the values of Gratitude, Resilience, Integrity, and Transformation (G.R.I.T.) with the intent to Make Extraordinary Shift Happen (M.E.S.H.) from the inside out. She focuses on individual strengths and opportunities for growth and is comfortable challenging the status quo. As an executive coach and thought-partner, she facilitates peer groups, and encourages awareness, alignment and action to achieve a fulfilling life. She believes intuition will guide exactly as it will and we are all in choice.

Kiana holds a Masters in Business Administration and a dual Bachelors degree in Finance and Management from Penn State University.

Passion Led Us Here

Vision & Mission

Our vision is to connect, live, and lead with GRIT, working with brave, authentic people, to leave a more inter-connected human race in the wake.  Our mission is to empower leaders to live in aware alignment, unlock hidden potential, and inspire positive transformation, ultimately achieving the unimaginable.


We find joy and deep satisfaction in developing strong, meaningful connections.  Collectively, we join forces to break through limits and overcome the insurmountable.  We are grateful for the lessons in grit and resilience received along the way that continue to reveal opportunities for transformation.  Good news friends - the learning will never be complete - this is an infinite game (thank you Simon Sinek).  The potential for future transformation excites and drives us forward in the pursuit of what is possible.  We are curious, willing and ready.  Are you?

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― Melody Beattie

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

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