CEO, Author, Working Mom
Kate has spent 20+ years leading, managing, advising and investing in education companies and organizations. She supports companies that innovate and educate, with a particular passion for leading companies that use technology to expand student access to the experts they need to support their education and development. She believes that leaders are responsible for creating opportunities for, and elevating the voices of, all of the people they work with, and she is passionate about creating structures to support those who have been historically underrepresented in the workplace.
Career Path to CEO
Kate is the CEO of Presence, the leading provider of live, online therapy and evaluation services in PreK-12 schools
Prior to leading Presence, Kate was the CEO of The Princeton Review, a leading college admissions and test preparation company. Kate also led its subsidiary Tutor.com, a 24/7 online, on-demand homework help service.
Kate first entered the C-suite as the CFO of The Princeton Review, 11 years after graduating from business school.
She started her journey in education at Kaplan, the global education company. Over her nine years at Kaplan, Kate led the acquisitions of 70+ companies, invested in 15+ education startups, and launched the Kaplan Techstars Edtech Accelerator.
Before business school, Kate spent five years as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, advising media and education companies on mergers & acquisitions
Journey as an Author
As she advanced through her career, Kate was always writing. At first she wrote for herself, processing her experiences as a woman in the majority-male field of finance, and later as a working mom who felt perceptions and expectations change as she balanced her work and family lives.
Once she became a CEO, she realized that lots of other women were looking to her for advice and advocacy. So she started sharing more of her writing publicly, on topics including maternity leave, salary negotiation, and diverse representation on management teams.
Her first book, The Good Boss: Nine Ways Every Manager Can Support Women at Work, was published in March 2021. The book continues her embrace of simplicity and practicality, with advice that every manager can follow to create better workplace environments for women.
Good luck talking to Kate for more than 5 minutes without her mentioning her daughters, Marion and Audrey! They are a central part of her identity not only in her personal life, but as a professional. Her daughters are her motivation for working and writing, and they are her best idea-generators and decision makers. Kate’s companies get two bonus co-CEOs, who care as much about her work as she does.
Kate met her husband Chris at business school. From the start, they’ve prioritized their careers equally, and it has been essential to her success.
Equally essential to Kate’s success is the support of her sister Karyn, who has provided childcare for Marion and Audrey since they were babies. Every working mom knows that you are only as good as your childcare allows you to be, and there’s no better caregiver than your own family member.