Kate’s Speaker Coaching practice focuses on helping clients to craft and deliver excellent talks and presentations, and to feel comfortable with cameras and the media. A professional actor with over 30 years’ experience in TV, film and stage, Kate has coached senior and mid-level leaders at American Express, AOL, Deloitte and Touche, The Federal Reserve Bank and the CIA; Harvard Business School Executive Education, Columbia University Executive Education, Darden Business School Executive Education, UVa’s McIntire School of Commerce, and University College London. As the Lead Coach for the Charlottesville TEDx, Kate has coached dozens of speakers and overseen the coaching for over 80 TED Talks. While with The Ariel Group, Kate delivered trainings around the world, developed training curricula, and served as Director of Outreach.
Kate’s Communication Coaching practice helps leaders engage in high-stakes, challenging and important conversations with influence, grace and presence.
Kate is a Director at Movius Consulting where you can reach her for any Executive Coaching needs.
A member of New York’s Circle Rep Lab, she has developed and taught programs with the National Actors’ Theater and worked extensively with the Barrow Group. She also started Keep Me Company, which performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and co-produced plays with London-based companies. More recently she taught Acting for the Camera at the Lighthouse in Charlottesville and has been a Visiting Artist at the Cleveland School for the Arts.
A licensed clinical social worker, Kate has worked with children and adults in a private practice as well as schools and prisons.
She holds a BA in theater from Wesleyan University and an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work, and lives in Charlottesville with her husband and two children.
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What Kate’s Up To
ESSAY on Mothers, Daughters, Beauty, Aging, and the Sea
WRITING ON THE POWER OF ART
Cville Weekly asked for powerful moments experienced through art. I am so happy to be included.
Just had the privilege of working with the faculty at UVa’s McIntire School of Commerce on their COMMTalks. They rocked it.
Radio Play with Jim Coan, The Terminator
Inspired by the wacky work of Nichols and May (see their amazing album, THE DOCTORS), Christopher Durang, and all the wonderful and whimsical artists who have enjoyed therapy!
Written by Kate Bennis
With Kate Bennis and Jim Coan
Talk to women in Tech #cvillewomenintech
I so loved talking with these women!
This is a video made by a group of high school students at the Lighthouse Studio made our first year!
They interview a few of the speakers and I make a guest appearance.
See if you can spot me in Season 4, Episode 8 of House of Cards!
The Other Place by Sharr White at Live Arts
Kate plays Julianna Smithton, an extraordinary woman with an extraordinary mind, a scientist, who sees her life transforming all too soon.
Here is a tiny snippet from the beginning of the play–a rehearsal. I play Julianna. With Zoe Farmingdale as Dr. Teller.
As the President of the Little High Neighborhood Association, I have the chance to speak out for others.
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IN CHARLOTTESVILLE!
My daughter and I showed up at City Council to plead the cause of our youngest pedestrians. We love giving our children the independence to walk to school and visit friends, but when the sidewalks themselves are dangerous, we speak up!
Here is an article addressing this issue.
The Summer Juggle My lovely friend, Miller Susen, wrote this article for C-ville Weekly on summer and kids. She included some of my remarks but cut out my desire to sit by a pool, slathered in baby oil with a gin and tonic and a long cigarette while the kids skateboard or sneak into movies…
FRESH TALK SNACKS: Bringing fresh, local produce into the public schools
Here’s an interview I did with the Local Food Hub about our collaboration, Fresh Talk Snacks.
Here is another interview about the same program from Albemarle Family.
Our neighbor, Kath, asked if she could publish the recipe for my cookies on her web site. I was flattered as her blog is…you’ll see! Amazing.
When I met Hal he was eating boxes and boxes of Archway Oatmeal Raisin cookies. This recipe is the result of my loving effort to get him a healthier choice. Lots of delicious and healthy ingredients like coconut oil (don’t even get me started about coconut oil), spelt flour, chia seeds, hemp hearts, and of course, chocolate chips!
Kath makes hers here with whole wheat flour. I prefer a mix of 1/2 white wheat flour and 1/2 spelt flour.
My dear friend, Nia teacher, and writer, Susan McCulley, and I have organized three for-no-reason-but-joy Flash Mobs in Charlottesville.
This Flash Mob took place at the Charlottesville Farmer’s Market (City Market). Vendors, shoppers, and vegetable thumpers all joined the fun. Thank you, Clarence Green of Underground Shorts and crew for making this film!
Here is the last one we did outside the Main Street Arena with stealth help from Will Vanderlind and his camera crew…may be time for another?