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ImpactHub DC

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ENTREPRENEUR

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

EXPERIENCE DESIGNER

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

FELLOW & MENTOR

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

BRAND STRATEGIST

Launched the online brand for

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

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REIKI HEALER

Certified Level 1 practitioner of this traditional Japanese healing technique.

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DESIGN FACILITATOR

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

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INNOVATION CONSULTANT

Executive coaching focused on company culture, organizational design, and high-priority clients.

STRATEGIST & INNOVATOR

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

ENVIRONMENTALIST

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

VOLUNTEER

Fundraising strategist supporting rehabilitating and retraining

retired racehorses in Maryland.

ADVISOR & JUDGE

Advisory Board member for

2019 and 2020

SXSW Pitch competition.

DESIGN THINKER

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

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WRITER

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

PUBLIC SPEAKER

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

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