Term expires '20
'95 Speech Communication
Kathy is the president of PeopleWorks, Inc. Prior to founding PeopleWorks in 1998, Kathy was a management development specialist in the global human resources department of Gateway, a Fortune 500 technology company. At Gateway, she designed, developed, and facilitated a variety of management and leadership training programs for more than 3000 leaders worldwide. Kathy began PeopleWorks because she saw the need to bring this type of management and leadership training to more organizations. This remains Kathy’s area of specialty, although she has also expanded her business to include employee training and top notch keynote presentations for organizations and conferences across the United States. Kathy has been awarded the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, placing her in the top 12% of speakers worldwide.
In addition to Kathy’s Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Iowa State, she has also received a Master’s degree in Adult Learning and Organizational Performance from Drake University. Kathy has earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and also the Society of Human Resource Management’s Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Kathy and her husband, Tim (’95 ag business), met at ISU and are proud to be the fifth generation to live and work on the Peterson family farm. They have four future Iowa Staters.
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