KB laughing squareKate’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 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, two children, and two one fish.

Give me a shout!

kate@katebenniscoaching.com

 

What Kate’s Up To

ESSAY on Mothers, Daughters, Beauty, Aging, and the Sea

Mothers, Daughters, Beauty, Aging, and the Sea: A Tragi-comedy in Five Acts

WRITING ON THE POWER OF ART

Cville Weekly asked for powerful moments experienced through art.  I am so happy to be included.

COACHING

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!

Don’t wait, women: Pick yourself as a speaker!

TEDx Charlottesville

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.

Giving a TEDx Talk from Light House Studio on Vimeo.

 

ACTING

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.

Lucky enough to be in the extraordinary play, The Other Room by Sharr White at Live Arts.

 

Here is a tiny snippet from the beginning of the play–a rehearsal.  I play Julianna. With Zoe Farmingdale as Dr. Teller.

 

Here is a short film from Opening Night:

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

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.

 

WRITING 

Three Dances, poems published in Streetlight Magazine.

A Tidy Death: an essay published in the online magazine The Hairpin.

The Cottage: A Womb with a View, an essay published in Streetlight Magazine.

 

LIFE

An article in Cville Weekly’s Abode with Kate about creative solutions for organizing kids’ stuff.

A wonderful project to highlight women and their lives, The Eleanor Project, featured Kate and took a lovely photo–thank you!

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.

 

FOOD

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.

Enjoy!

 

REDBUD GIFTS

A little article with Kate about the now historical Redbud Gifts in the WONDERFUL Relay Foods blog!

 

FLASH MOBS

My dear friend, Nia teacher, and writer, Susan McCulley, and I have organized three for-no-reason-but-joy Flash Mobs in Charlottesville.

The prolific Brian Wimer of Amoeba Films made this film of our first foray into chaotic fun at Fridays After Five in between sets.

 

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!

Charlottesville City Market Flash Mob 2011 from Underground Shorts on Vimeo.

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?