Katie has a gift for taking complex professional subjects and breaking them down into pieces that people understand. Her clear, concise and engaging coaching style has allowed her to help senior leaders at top companies worldwide command the spotlight.

Katie has always been interested in what happens behind the scenes to make a project come to fruition. As a Production Manager at Time Inc., she oversaw operations to produce ads in national magazines, including Time, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, InStyle and Food & Wine. At the start of her career, Katie ran the printing press aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liner, traveling all over Europe as well as Egypt, Uruguay, Brazil, and the Falkland Islands. At Own The Room, Katie has progressed from event management to product development, in addition to teaching seminars across the globe.

A native of Western New York, Katie is an ardent sports fan (go Buffalo Bills!) and an avid swimmer who swam competitively as a teenager and has been known to cross Seneca Lake.

"Katie brought energy and on-point advice and techniques to a group of consultants (who are used to doing the presenting!) and kept them engaged throughout multiple sessions over two days. She was extremely credible because she did her homework to ensure that she understood our business and could speak our language. I also appreciated her flexibility as we developed the agenda and content in advance of the meeting. And most importantly, we heard great feedback from the participants! "

Kathy Woodruff, Principal, Mercer

"Katie is a OTR Zen-master! We’ve started our own “relate the facts” challenge – making our company factoids relevant and relatable before we left the program – we will never have a boring opening again. The program was a total bang-for-the-buck and Katie was the key. We walked out of the room with a whole pile of tools and tips that we could immediately put to work – now that is real impact.  Katie makes what most people fear more than dying a truly fun learning experience. Looking forward to my next chance to ‘own the room’."

Laurie Ledford, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer,
Marsh & McLennan Companies