Iowa State University Alumni Association

Kathy A. Sullivan Peterson

Term expires '20

Life Member

'95 Speech Communication
Aurelia, Iowa

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 3,000 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 percent of speakers worldwide.

In addition to Kathy’s bachelor’s degree 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 as a Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). During her tenure on the ISUAA Board of Directors, she has been active with the Governance Committee and the ISU Alumni Clubs Advisory Work Group.

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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