Vibrant ideas and cultures aren’t a product of task lists and spreadsheets. They’re born when we shift from focusing on what we’re doing together to how we’re being together. Whether you want to expand your influence or innovate on your offerings, you’ve got to make it a personally meaningful experience.
Too many of us are being crushed under the weight of deadlines, profit margins, and the pressure to perform. The do more with less mentality has us feeling overwhelmed, disconnected, and burned out. Meetings are the lifeblood of our companies — a prime opportunity to gather, ideate, and collaborate — why aren’t we running them so that they leave us feeling nourished, fulfilled, and proud of our work together?
I’m not talking icebreakers, partner activities, or design sprints that get us to a final product. I’m talking about intentionally creating the conditions for people to relax, open up, and do their best work.
I create group dynamics that help individuals leave personal stressors behind, get aligned on what's important, and drop into creativity.
Innovation requires belonging: to self, to the group, and to the mission.
When we're relaxed, open, and trusting, an unexpected solution will appear.
That sticky issue we once labeled as a problem has now opened into a possibility we’re excited to pursue. And we can create the future in this very moment.
I help people turn towards one another and create true, authentic connections. It makes everything that follows rich, deep, and engaging — this is the birthplace of innovation and transformation. For as the proverb says, alone we go fast, together we go far.
What’s most alive in you right now? Not a question we’re asked every day. Yet, it’s one I’ve been chasing for two decades.
Stepped into my own as a collaborator and consultant, designing experiences that animate the energy of multi-faceted groups.
Took managers through Digital Meeting Facilitation, helping them lead and engage their staff remotely.
Joined the family business, sprinkling warmth, playfulness (and the occasional dash of Beyoncé) into the custom cabinetry shop and watched with delight as the operations relaxed into a sense of ease and flow.
Joined The Hive: a Center for Contemplation, Art, and Action and quickly signed on to serve as the Director of Hospitality Culture.
After building momentum, several projects mysteriously stalled. I shifted my attention to the people dynamics of creative and transformational work to search for the breakthroughs.
Entered the first cohort of Fire & Water Leadership Journey and Rite of Passage, uncovering the sacred side of leadership and pondering the question: how am I living my wise and wild leadership?
Designed and co-led Xavier Leadership Center Innovation Management Certification, tying together the fundamentals of problem solving, maximizing team effectiveness, and developing innovation capability for organizations.
Where it all began. I got my first taste of activating resonance among a group as a senior in high school as I revived a defunct Spirit Club.
The very first skill I learned in my post-MBA career was how to facilitate teams through the Creative Problem Solving process — you’d better believe I had a blast running workshops for Procter & Gamble’s hairiest challenges.
"Katie has supernatural abilities to bring people together, uncover their real selves and dreams, and combine their energies for good."
— Michael Stich, CEO, CourtAvenue
Let’s be honest: it’s an individualistic world out there. We love to believe we can get ‘er done on our own. But what we don’t realize is that by doing it this way we’re playing below our potential, rarely peeking out from the protective barriers we’ve built.
When we’re in community with others, that’s when the magic happens. It’s when we align with alternative experiences, widen our aperture, and explore all of the possibilities (not just those we’ve convinced ourselves will work).
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