Kate was 12 years old when her mother passed away after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. A decade later she founded Kate’s Club, a nationally-acclaimed not-for-profit organization that provides support to children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling.
Recognizing first-hand the importance of support after such a life-changing event, Kate’s vision was to build a place for grieving children to have fun, develop friendships, and learn to cope with their loss. What started in the summer of 2003 at a bowling alley with just six kids is today an organization that has served thousands of children and their families through year-round social and emotional support programs throughout Georgia and neighboring states. Her first book, entitled “A Healing Place: Help Your Child Find Hope and Happiness after the Loss of a Loved One”, released by Penguin Books, brings Kate’s philosophies and real-life experience around grief to every household seeking to heal in the presence of grief.
Following a successful founder transition in 2010, Kate went on to serve as the Executive Director of the Arby’s Foundation. While at the helm of the Arby’s Foundation, Kate refocused its efforts on a new strategic mission that more closely aligned with the Arby’s brand and helped the organization contribute more than $18 million to ending childhood hunger in the United States.
Since 2015, Kate Atwood has been executive director of ChooseATL, an initiative that focuses on attracting and retaining the next generation of top talent. In short, ChooseATL shines a national spotlight on metro Atlanta’s unique careers, culture, and community through a strategic approach that makes millennials say “hashtag goals” when they think about ATL.
Most recently, Kate led activations at the 2017 SXSW Festival where she interviewed rapper and actor Ludacris and reached 20,000 young job-seekers with messages about career opportunities in Atlanta 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, and Vogue, as well as received a Gold Award from the International Economic Development Council.
Kate has participated in her fair share of media along the way. She has been featured in People Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, Huffington Post, and has had appearances on the Today Show, the Meredith Vieira Show, CNN, and ABC-TV’s The View. She was recognized in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s feature “Up and Comers: Top 40 under 40”, and was honored by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia’s “40 under 40.” In 2013, she was named to GOOD Magazine’s global “GOOD 100” list for her commitment to helping others.
Kate has been featured in six books as a thought-leader on personal giving and social entrepreneurship. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia.