In residence July 12 - July 22, 2018
Kate Atwood is an entrepreneur and a community leader who has built a career on building social impact initiatives in the non-profit and for-profit sectors.
Today, Kate serves as the first executive director of ChooseATL, an initiative out of the Metro Atlanta Chamber that focuses on attracting and retaining the next generation of top talent to the region. Kate and her team cover a lot of territory in their efforts, from participating in bids to secure new or expanding headquarters, to helping Atlanta-based companies target top talent to fill jobs, to launching the first city-based video streaming network, THEA. Kate has led activations around the country to raise Atlanta’s profile amongst millennials, including the ChooseATL House at the SXSW Festival where she interviewed rapper and actor Ludacris and reached 20,000 young job-seekers with messages about career opportunities and the region’s unique offerings. ChooseATL has received recognition for its industry leading approach to talent attraction from media powerhouses such as Forbes, Bloomberg, Adweek and Vogue.
Kate is also the Founder of Kate’s Club, a nationally-acclaimed Atlanta-based non-profit organization that empowers children and teens who are facing life after the death of a loved one. Having lost her own mother at 12, Kate recognized first-hand the importance of support after such a life-changing event. What started with just six kids is today a thriving organization that has served thousands of children and their families through year-round social and emotional support programs. The Kate’s Club Clubhouse is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and is a unique place of refuge, support, and fun that is changing how a generation faces grief which in turn is awakening a national conversation around how community can better support bereaved children and families. Kate’s book, entitled “A Healing Place”, released by Penguin Books, brings Kate’s philosophies and real-life experience around grief to every household seeking to find peace and live fully after the loss of a loved one.
She has been featured in media including People Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, and Huffington Post, and on television on the Today Show, CNN, and The View. Recently, she was named to GOOD Magazine’s global “GOOD 100” list for her commitment to helping others.
She resides in Atlanta, Georgia.