Sorwathe Tea, Rwanda
Cate grew up in the beautiful green woods of Maine.
Though grateful for the immersion in nature, she felt isolated and starved for new and different experiences and passionate people to share them with. Regardless of the task in front of her, Cate is an indomitable change-maker driven by empathy, creative confidence, and inspired by the beauty of our natural world.
A StartingBloc social innovation Fellow, and alumnus of Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership and Rockwood Art of Leadership, Cate drives progress through liberating spaces, transformational action, and collaborative leadership rooted in community building.
All of the work Cate has pursued since leaving the Maine woods has been adventurous, collaborative, and mission-focused.
Today, Cate is based in Boulder, Colorado. Her career has grown from organizing the logistics of a refugee resettlement program in Maine, to redesigning business processes at a global environmental organization based in Washington DC, and then abroad to design and market the brand of a start-up ecolodge company in Ghana before returning to DC to open an innovation lab at one of the world's largest non-profits.
A lifetime learner and always curious to explore new perspectives, Cate is on the global teaching team at IDEO-U, an online school where leaders can unlock their creative potential and build their problem-solving skills. In addition, Cate helped launch and curates programming for INVENTURE$, the largest international innovation and technology conference in western Canada. She currently sits on the Advisory Board for the SXSW Pitch start-up competition and is a guest speaker for a range of online graduate courses in business, social enterprise, and innovation.
Cate's current passion project is growing ArborRevolutions, an innovation consultancy built with empathy and grounded in nature that supports healthy leaders and teams through nature and human-centered strategies, facilitation, and coaching.
A graduate of Northeastern University's College of Social Sciences and Humanities in Boston, Cate earned an MBA from American University's Kogod School of Business in DC. When not in front of a computer screen or whiteboard you can find Cate outside hiking with her rescue pup, Luna.
Cate facilitating a design challenge in Sisaket, Thailand