Katie has spent her career immersed in nature, from leading marketing and partnerships and founding the conservation arm of an award-winning experiential travel company, to being a member of the Explorers Club, where she has collected gorilla dung to support scientific studies, helped map new reefs in Cuba, and been invited to help launch a historic scientific expedition in Yellowstone National Park in honor of its 150th anniversary. She also wrote “What we fear most may help keep us alive” and “The future of innovation is here” for the Biomimicry Institute, bridging science, innovation, and wildlife.
This year, for Women’s History Month, Katie’s carving out extra time for the words of celebrated women, including reading The Lost Pianos of Siberia by Sophy Roberts and Classical Poems by Arab Women; catching Tara Westover’s Educated book tour; relistening to Armchair Expert with (behavioral scientist) Dr. Maya Shankar, Angela Lee Duckworth’s TED Talk on grit, and Margaret Heffernan’s talk on teamwork, attending the female-led NY WILD Film Festival, and planning an overseas adventure with her niece, Atlee.
“Women’s History Month means paying extra attention to women’s stories,” Katie notes. “This will give women—young, old, doesn’t matter—new possibilities around what their lives could look like versus trying to fit into a path never meant for them.”
She strongly believes companies can – and should – do more to improve gender diversity.
“It’s just, and it’s good business to have more holistic, diversity of thought,” she explains. “According to Drawdown (the climate bible!) and the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, one of the most effective ways to reverse climate change is by empowering and educating women, because that is correlated with life-shaping decisions that have significant connections to population, consumption, and responses to climate breakdown. Young, educated women are more likely to believe in themselves and pursue their aspirations.”
That’s certainly the advice she would give young girls.
“What intrinsically moves you?” she challenges. “Don’t let someone else run the show of your life. Embody your purpose. Be the active force and decision-maker in your life. And remember that thoughtfulness counts. As you come across podcasts, articles, books, lectures, or conversations that inspire you, consider sending a personal note to the human behind them. This will help you find your voice and build your community, and whoever is on the other end will appreciate your thoughtfulness and courage to acknowledge their work.”