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Kate Bennis is a Speaker and Communication Coach for all of life’s occasions from the TED stage to the board room, from TV interviews to wedding toasts, from political debates to funding pitches.

She is an actor, writer, trainer, coach, and clinical social worker.

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. As the Lead Coach for the Charlottesville TEDx, Kate has coached dozens of speakers and overseen the coaching for over 80 TED Talks. Kate has coached senior and mid-level leaders at American Express, AOL, Deloitte and Touche, The Southern Environmental Law Center, Apex Wind Energy, The CFA Institute, 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. While with The Ariel Group, Kate delivered trainings around the world, developed training curricula, and served as Director of Outreach.

Kate’s work with politicians helps them craft clear, powerful messages, deliver speeches that move audiences every time, and debate with grace, grit, and influence.

Kate’s Communication Coaching practice helps leaders engage in high-stakes, challenging and important conversations with influence, grace and presence.

Kate is an professional actor with over 30 years’ experience in TV, film and stage.

A licensed clinical social worker, Kate has worked with children and adults in a private practice as well as schools and prisons.

Kate is a Director at Movius Consulting where you can reach her for any Executive Coaching needs.

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.

Give me a shout!


What Kate’s Up To

TEDx Charlottesville

Our TEDx Charlottesville was a day of beauty, meaning, hilarity, love, and elevated the conversation in our community.  I loved working with the amazing Dr. Drew Ramsey, nutritional psychiatrist, Chef and Brigaid founder, Dan Giusti, National Teacher of the Year winner, Rodney Robinson, New Yorker cartoonist, Liza Donnelly, and magical floral designer and Flower Flash artist, Lewis Miller!

Talking about our upcoming Charlottesville TEDx with Jerry Miller, Roger Voisinet, and Richard Averitt!  Such fun!

Speaking with women at the SheLab! What a fulfilling experience!

Speaking with George Kinder about his book:

A Golden Civilization and the Map of Mindfulness.

We hosted a Golden Civilization Conversation at our home with George and Kathy Lubar, his wife and my dear friend, facilitating.  It was an evening of radical hope.

Here is the Facebook Live video George and I did after the event.

EMCEE at CBIC’s Gala Awards!  Congrats, All!


Performing in new adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters in venues all over Virginia from theaters, to churches, to country houses! Lovely article in the Cville Weekly about our unorthodox process.

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

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


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


Loved moderating the forum courageous candidates for Charlottesville City Council.


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!


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.


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.


As the President of the Little High Neighborhood Association, I have the chance to speak out for others.

More acting up!

‘Clear violation:’ Little High residents sue City Council


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.


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.


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.


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.



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


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?