Kate Payne

Senior Consultant

Get to know Kate

Kate Payne has been advising senior leaders building businesses for more than 15 years—both as a handpicked insider and as an outside consultant. Her gift for crafting simple, high-impact solutions to seemingly intractable leadership challenges makes her a trusted resource to clients and colleagues alike.

A sought-after executive coach and expert group facilitator, Kate’s approach emphasizes getting results through honest assessments of what is and isn’t working, crafting a clear vision for the future, and setting a realistic and actionable plan to get there. Supporting her clients on the journey to professional success and personal fulfillment has been her lifelong passion. Her clients appreciate her intelligence leavened with a sense of humor, empathy, and unflagging positive energy.

Kate’s academic credentials, grounded in a BS in psychology from Middlebury College and an MS in industrial/organizational psychology from Clemson University, are complemented by her extensive training from the Coaches Training Institute, certifications in personality and behavioral assessments, as well as her broad practical experience on the people side of organizations.

Kate’s work with corporate and not-for-profit clients includes NBC Universal, GE, McKinsey & Company, CNN, ExxonMobil, Turner Broadcasting System, AccuWeather, USA Today, Ahold USA, Harlem Village Academies, Educators 4 Excellence, and Julep.

Before joining Proteus, Kate was the head of leadership development and performance management at The Children’s Place/Disney Stores North America. Kate started her career at Accenture and then worked as Fast Company magazine’s director of talent where she quickly became the go-to person for all things “people” as the business dealt with unprecedented growth and change. Kate has also worked internationally as a consultant with The Exetor Group.

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