Malcolm Gladwell defines Connectors as, “A handful of people with a truly extraordinary knack of making friends and acquaintances. Traits such as energy, insatiable curiosity and a willingness to take chances—as well as an insistence that connecting is not the same as networking.”
Katie uses her role as a Connector to help build teams and departments that will embody a variety of traits. She believes that health, growth, and innovation are established by utilizing the individual strengths of each person in an organization. Networking is often defined as an exchange of information for professional growth. Connecting is the idea of truly understanding the traits and qualities that a person exemplifies and introducing them to opportunities that will help them grow.
Throughout 2016, Katie has been co-developing a program that will focus on bridging the gap between networking and connecting for an organization. The program will consist of curriculum that focuses on helping professionals understand how to develop relationships. Participants will be provided with opportunities to deepen their connections through workshops, volunteer opportunities, and various other interactive situations that allow people to connect in a way that will strengthen their relationships.