Katie is a Nashville native who returned to the 615 to pursue a Master of Education in Leadership and Organizational Performance. Before starting at Peabody College in the fall of 2019, Katie served as a college adviser in rural South Carolina.
She came to this role after completing her undergraduates studies in History, Communication Studies and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Furman University in 2017.
At the time of her graduation, Furman University was partnering with the College Advising Corps to create the first cohort of college advisers in South Carolina to help increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education. In this pilot program, Katie discovered her passion for developing people and supporting organizational growth.
Katie’s first interaction with the Turner Family’s outreach was as a Turner Fellow at the Martha O’Bryan Center through her high school Franklin Road Academy. Coming to Vanderbilt for graduate school, Katie knew she wanted to become a part of the Turner Family Center as she explored her professional interests in human capital consulting and corporate social responsibility. Katie worked as a Team Lead for Project Pyramid in Spring 2020 and was able to travel to Guatemala with the TFC to learn more about goodwill efforts in the coffee industry. For 2020-2021, Katie will serve as the annual Social Ventures Summit Chair to create an experience in January 2021 to gather and inspire change-makers.