ImpactHub DC

CONSULTANT & COACH

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Founder of an innovation consultancy focused on human-centered design, workshop facilitation, and coaching.

EVENT DESIGNER

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Founding teammate and content manager for international tech and innovation conference in Canada.

FELLOW & MENTOR

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StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow and Mentor to incoming Fellows focused on transformative leadership.

BRAND STRATEGIST

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Launched the online brand for

Zaina Lodge, a start-up ecolodge company in West Africa.

REIKI HEALER

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Certified Level 1 and 2 practitioner of traditional Japanese healing art.

DESIGN FACILITATOR

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Designed and facilitated workshops with top leaders across NASA to drive innovation toward 2030 goals.

ONLINE EDUCATOR

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Teaching team member for         human-centered courses offered to a global cohort of learners.

STRATEGIST & INNOVATOR

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Founder of the United Way Worldwide Innovation Lab and Manager of the United Way Network-wide Strategy.

ENVIRONMENTALIST

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International contract manager for World Wildlife Fund's Market Transformation Initiative.

VOLUNTEER

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Barn volunteer for a herd of 40 rescued horses in Colorado.

ADVISOR & JUDGE

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SXSW Pitch

Advisory Board Member

since 2019

DESIGN THINKER

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Senior facilitator for MIT's first International Development Design Summit in Southeast Asia.

LEADERSHIP CONSULTANT

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Innovation and change-management consulting for leadership of a growing digital start-up.

PUBLIC SPEAKER

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Graduate Student Commencement Speaker for Kogod School of Business at American University.

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WRITER

Blogger focused on the intersection of design, innovation, and nature.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

"Cate is innovative, creative, highly strategic, and always makes those around her better. With a user-first focus, she has a knack for solving tough problems and driving implementation. Fun and smart, Cate shines in every room she is in."

SOFIAT ABDUL, DIGITIAL SERVICES

"Cate is exactly the type of person that you want to engage with to help transform your organization. Whether your challenges are cultural, strategic, or focused on diversity and equity she’s one of the first I’d call for a spark of enthusiasm and action. I've hired Cate as a speaker, innovation consultant, and most recently a strategist to drive forward a range of global initiatives for me and my company. She has never ceased to exceed my (and my team’s) expectations every step of the way."

PETE SENA, DIGITAL SURGEONS

"Cate is a world-class leader that brings together innovators, stakeholders, and the investment community around disruptions that push the technology and innovation envelope. I truly appreciate Cate's care, dedication and determination to any project we work on and can highly recommend her."

CHRIS VALENTINE, ADEO INTERACTIVE

"Working with Cate has transformed my capacity to problem solve in my position at StartingBloc. Cate has an ability to bring the latent ideas I hadn't ever managed to identify straight to the surface. She asks thoughtful, probing questions and creates a container for creative thinking unlike anyone I've ever worked with. Cate draws on her own experiences and perspectives to provide insights and strategies, but also emphasizes the strength of a multi-faceted approach to problem solving. Her wisdom in design thinking is rich, and she makes the process enjoyable and useful. I would highly recommend Cate to anyone who is looking to take their thinking, strategizing, and problem-solving to the next level."

ANNIKA ERICKSON-PEARSON, STARTINGBLOC