About Kakie


Katherine Kakie 2---3

An outcomes-focused executive with a track record of 10+ years working on large transformation initiatives across organizations and work streams in Fortune 500 environments. Collaborative program leader who uses solid methodology tools, with an adaptable mindset to ensure the appropriate level of structure. Trusted advisor & sought out influencer, known to think strategically, act wisely and drive innovation, using a “roll-up-the-sleeves” approach, solving problems and influencing with sound judgment and strong relationship building skills that inspire partnership and driving successful results while encouraging commitment to being the best

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Prosci® Certified Change Management Practitioner and PMI Certified in Project Management                                 

KNOWN FOR THREE THINGS (Based on surveys conducted with over 50 people she respects.)

STRATEGIC THINKER, CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVER Big picture thinker with a talent for providing valuable insight to leverage curiosity, creative problem solving to innovate, strategize, collaborate, adapt, and communicate solutions that unify people, ideas and processes. Inquisitive leader who values diversity in thought because it seeks to understand different angles, unifying people, ideas and processes.

SERVANT LEADER, TRUSTED ADVISOR, SOUGHT OUT INFLUENCER Believes trust is the cornerstone for building authentic connections where people feel seen and heard. Developing strong relationships through engaging others, finding out what is important to them while modeling an environment of commitment and care results in a cohesive team environment, increased productivity and smooth program implementation.

An outcomes thinking leader who will maintain focus and take personal accountability for achieving individual and shared goals. Maintains focus while striving to ensure teams are inspired and aligned with a common purpose results. Continually develops interpersonal skills and confidently shares knowledge, power and credit, leveraging information and knowledge sharing to make better decisions. Known for removing roadblocks, creating cultures dedicated to continuous improvement and driving results by understanding what is important to each person, team building, and individual growth.


Published academic paper; “Best Buy Management Analysis” ” (Top 3%) [1] winning over 63,000 hits
Capstone – Executive Change Management. Helped a charter school understand strategic issues about resistance management, growth, re-branding, new leadership, and a move.
Studied the Dodd-Frank Act (accounting principles, GAAP) in an Executive Board Governance Class and study of Global Systems

Ethiopia: Conducted Sub-Saharan Market research to successfully commission a water bottling plant in Ethiopia
Singapore: Met with the US Embassy’s Defense Attaché to learn about the unilateral military agreement between the United States and Singapore.        Singapore:  Met with Immigrations Custom Enforcement (ICE) to learn about the formation of the Department of Homeland Security.          Singapore: Met with the Deputy Chief of Singapore & toured the U.S. embassy and to learn about working as an Ex-pat                              Singapore: Met w the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat & Director of APEC’s Policy Support Unit to learn about the global economic importance of SouthEast Asia to the world                                Malaysia: Toured the Islamic Institute of Finance in Kuala Lumpur     China: Worked with manufacturers in China during product development for dolls, puzzles and games as a founding partner for a children’s product and publishing company

Project Management Institute, Minnesota Change Management Network
Curtain Call Ball Committee Member, Children’s Theater Company; Minneapolis, MN 2016-2018
Fundraisers, Islander Foundation, DeLaSalle High School Fundraising, Minneapolis, MN 2015-2019
Marketing & Social Media Chair, Cleantech Open; Minneapolis, MN 10/2009 – 10/2010                                                                                    


  • Mall of America
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum
  • Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference
  • The University of St. Thomas
  • Book reading & signings: Mall of America National Product Launch, Hennepin County Library, Children’s Museum of Minnesota, St. David’s Center, Minnesota Saints Baseball Game,
  • The Bookcase of Wayzata, The Red Balloon Bookshop, Toddler Tuesdays
  • Recruited by the United States Senate to testify at a U.S. Senate Senate Field Hearing Affordable Housing Summit as an advocate

SPECIALTIES: Strategy development, program development, and implementation, competitive analysis, change management, executive presentations, leadership development, coaching, mentoring, marketing strategy and execution, marketing financial reporting, annual business planning, client service model, CRM, digital footprint planning, project management (program level), communications planning, stakeholder engagement, new product implementation, cross-functional program leadership, new technology implementation, design thinking, situation assessments, business process, continuous improvement, Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)

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