The following testimonials are from colleagues, supervisors, and clients from my current position at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, as well as my previous career at Caterpillar Inc. , independent consultant, and business writer.
John Lammers, Ph.D Department of Communication University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
"Kate is a devoted teacher, adviser, and leader in our department. She is dedicated to excellence in her teaching and advising, tailoring her business and professional communication course to the real-world needs of her students. She holds them to high standards, but is always available to support them. In the busy life of a university faculty member, Kate always makes time for her students. In addition, she manages our internship program, creating opportunities for students to get a jump start on their careers. I recommend her with enthusiasm."
Neil Baer Academic Adviser, Department of Communication University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
"I can't say enough good things about Kate and her work directing the Internship Program. She has increased participation in the program and greatly enhanced the student experience by increasing the number and variety of internships available to students. Furthermore, the internship course allows students the opportunity to reflect on and share their experience with peers. Overall, our students are better prepared for the workforce because of Kate's work as Internship Program Director."
Steven Farag Owner, Campus Sportswear Former Student (2014)
"Dear Kate: Just wanted to update you on my business ... I now have 19 students that work with me on four different college campuses. I am putting them through a program similar to the activities we did in class. The current business I took over has more than doubled since buying into it. We are about to start our move to a new facility. We will be going from 2,500 sq feet to about 10,000!
I've made it to the third round of the [redacted] for a business grant to help us grow. I'll be traveling to Detroit to pitch in front of a panel. I am also going in front of the executives at [redacted] soon to pitch to them for potential investments and resources. I am putting the final details on my deck and rehearsing my pitch!
To this day, I still look back at your class and realize it was one of the most helpful courses I took at UIUC. Balancing a book on my head and saying 'Hello my name is Steven' 35 times went a very long way. I went back to refer to the final presentation you helped us prepare for class for my deck. Thank you for playing a pivotal role in my college experience and pushing us to learn out of our comfort zones. I hope you can use it in your class as proof that it actually works!"
Donald Fites CEO (retired) Caterpillar Inc.
"Kate worked extensively with me during my tenure as chairman and chief executive officer of Caterpillar, from 1990 to 1999. Specifically, she collaborated with me on writing speeches largely for external consumption. These speeches covered a wide range of subjects and audiences, including financial analysts, trade associations, government organizations, labor leaders, the general public, and others. Kate exhibited considerable skill in taking a general theme and thrust that I wanted to present and turning it into a well-scripted message best suited to that particular audience. During the time of our collaboration, Kate became increasingly familiar with the subject matter, my style, and corporate positions, and was capable of producing a written document without much detailed guidance."
Jamie Folsom Colorado State University Journalism & Media Communication (Formerly National Native American AIDS Prevention Center)
"Outstanding! As a writer Kate is concise and clear. As a colleague she is positive, driven and compassionate. After our initial work together on an article on the changing role of Native women and risk for HIV for thebody.com, Kate didn't simply drift off. She has kept abreast of the issues around HIV and continued to build a solid working relationship, which is all too rare in today's job world. Kate has been key in my professional and personal growth as a Native woman and writer."
Michael K. Samp President, Second Half Servant, LLC
"In my role as a Director in Global Information Services [at Caterpillar], I had extensive need for internal and external communications as we have
successfully driven considerable change through the extended enterprise. Kate was my lead communicator during the most challenging and demanding period.
She consistently demonstrated a uniquely high level of capability to integrate a complex set of technical and commercial issues into a clear
message that could be easily understood by large, diverse audiences. She
worked well with all levels of the organization, always demonstrating
our values of integrity, teamwork, commitment and excellence."
Doug Leunig Owner, LIGHTEN up Art
_“Kate is the go-to person when our art business needs the expert touch
on proposals and publications. Even though we are a small shop, Kate
treats us with the respect and professionalism of a multinational
corporation. What I find truly amazing is her ability to grasp the
nuances of our art and find the perfect way to express our vision in
words. Most recently with Kate's expertise on a proposal, we secured a
position for our art in a local library. Kate's communication skill is
truly an art. We are thankful for her talents."
Jennifer Tofanelli Digital + Content Marketing Consultant - Brisbane AU
Kate's command of the Queen's English is enviable. But even more impressive is her ability to fully interact with the world around her. As a thought leader, she is acutely aware of possible implications of words and actions. As a manager of people and prose, she provides trustworthy guidance and solid project management skills. The combination of communication excellence and compassion for both the message and the audience make Kate a powerful leader and an even more honorable person."