I speak about leadership, culture, talent and the future of work, and I am an expert in building an accountability mindset – both the skills required for the individual as well as the traits that need to be cultivated by the organization.

If you’re looking for an inspiring keynote that will uplift your audience and offer an alternative perspective to some of the current most challenging issues that organizations face, have a look at my main keynotes below and let’s discuss how I can help increase the impact of your event.


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When we choose to become more accountable for our actions we reclaim our power over what happens in our lives.

Accountability is not a one-time event. It is a mindset that you can build over time and above all that you can control.

Cultivating an accountability mindset enables individuals to take ownership and to grow themselves.

Embracing an accountability mindset within organizations is the foundation to building winning teams and an achievement oriented culture.

The accountability mindset can and should be applied at the individual, team, and organizational level. When an organization embraces an accountability mindset, employees will feel more respected and safe to take on more initiatives. They will be given the opportunity to flourish. When individuals embrace an accountability mindset, they are more likely to thrive – and they are more likely to influence thriving amongst their teams and organizations.


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If you want to lead a team of engaged, productive, and inspired people — people who do great work and stick around — then you need to show them that they’re valued. When we feel valued, we feel connected, confident, and cared about. As a manager, new or seasoned, what steps can you take to recognize and honor this need?

The popular answer to this question is often a combination of empathy, compassion, acknowledgement, and recognition. While this advice is not wrong, different approaches may resonate better with different people, as the actual feeling of being valued is very personal.

Join me on a journey of discovering new and practical ways to make your team feel valued and appreciated.


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The dearth of women in leadership positions is not just an issue of equality; it is also one of economics. When women are in positions of leadership, companies perform better – much better.

Female CEOs in the Fortune 1000 drive three times the returns as S&P 500 enterprises run predominantly by male CEOs (Quantopian). Large companies with a higher proportion of women on executive committees realized a 41% higher return on equity and 56% better operating results than companies with zero women on executive committees (McKinsey & Company). And companies with three or more women board directors in five years significantly outperformed those with sustained low representation by 84% on return on sales, 60% on return on invested capital, and 46% on return on equity (Catalyst report).

We know the facts. What we often forget is that while gender equality is making notable strides, female leaders are often struggling to prove themselves and in many cases encounter more scrutiny and harsh judgment than their male counterparts.

This keynote is designed to empower and inspire female leaders and to offer practical tips to help them excel in the workplace while inspiring other women to follow their footsteps.

Kate is genuine, energizing, easy to laugh with, encouraging, and thought-provoking.

There’s no challenge that Kate can’t overcome. She has an incredible talent for helping companies and individuals define the details that matter to their goals and growth.

I was feeling burnt out, dragged down, exhausted. Kate made a simple statement, “burnt out is a result of your culture.” That statement slapped me in the face, maybe there was even a punch. As the leader of my organization, it was a wake-up call. It was powerful information. It caused me to take action and talk to the team. Guess what – they were feeling burnout too! Based on this we hit pause. We took a time out. We dug deep to figure out what was causing the entire team to feel this way and we made changes. Six months later we are in a completely different mental space, which means we are able to be the calming agent our clients need.

I think we all know that people don’t leave a company, they leave a manager, but they will stay for a leader. Leaders understand that their number one “customer” is the team, but we can all get lost in our own world and we need someone to help us look in the mirror from time to time.

With Kate’s dynamic and caring coaching style, I’ve reached goals and insights I hadn’t thought possible before. In every session, she has helped me to zone in on the most important aspects of my personal and work goals, overcome obstacles and move to do something about it. Kate is genuine, energizing, easy to laugh with, encouraging and thought-provoking. I can’t say enough in just a few words. I’ll forever be grateful for every coaching session with Kate.

Kate’s strengths lie in masterfully guiding you through a personal dialogue by asking the right (and sometimes difficult) questions, and then objectively supporting you in building strategies to address priorities. What results is a tailor-made plan that’s driven by you and supported by a judgement-free, resourceful partner. Her thoughtful and flexible approach, with just the right amount of challenge, has allowed me to put into motion a solid plan for achieving my career and personal development goals.

Kate has been a tremendous help to me in my transition through the sale of my business and launching me on a new path. She has helped me clarify my own goals and narrow down specific action items and focus areas each time we speak. Kate is kind, friendly and insightful. I am certain I could not have gotten through this transition time without her guidance.

Kate was my coach during a time in my life where everything was turned upside down. I left my corporate position after 20 years, sold our house and moved from New England after 30 years. After the moving dust settled I was overwhelmed with finding my purpose and balance again. Kate’s keen ability to listen and ask insightful questions while keeping get me focused on my goals and actions is masterful. She gently uncovered my quiet voice that had thought about writing a book. I am happy to report that the book I thought about writing for 10 years has been written and is currently in the editing process. I am very appreciative of Kate’s coaching expertise and highly recommend her for as a partner in your journey of fulfillment.

Kate is a really good listener and a thoughtful coach. She was able to quickly understand the complex circumstances I was facing in the organization where I work. Together, we methodically assessed the contextual issues as well as my own strengths, and, together, we were able to come up with solutions that impacted my work positively and profoundly.  It was a gift to work with Kate. I learned so much more than I expected, and I always looked forward to our sessions together.

Kate Lee is more than a coach. Kate’s personality and the way she works with her clients fosters a working relationship – one that feels like you are working through problems or processes with a friend who is invested in your success. I would not be where I am today if I had not worked with Kate.