Featured Speaker: Kate Atwood
HOPE and The Gathering Spot present Navigating a New Atlanta — a quarterly series and new space for intergenerational dialogue, thought leadership, and action around socio-economic issues tied to Atlanta’s progress.
Kate Atwood is the executive director of ChooseATL, an innovative economic development initiative that focuses on attracting and retaining the next generation of talent to ensure Atlanta’s position as a top globally competitive metro. In short, ChooseATL shines a national spotlight on the city as a unique epicenter of creative culture, diverse community, and innovative industry, that makes millennials say ‘hashtag goals’ when they think about the A.
Launched in 2015, ChooseATL has helped flip the script for millennial migration to Atlanta, putting the emerging city in the spotlight both amongst new talent and new brands. In 2017, Kate led activations around the country including the ChooseATL House at the SXSW Festival where she interviewed rapper and actor Ludacris, and reached 20,000 young job-seekers with messages about career opportunities in Atlanta and the region’s unique offerings. ChooseATL has received recognition for its industry leading approach to talent attraction from media powerhouses such as Forbes, Bloomberg and Vogue, as well as received a Gold Award from the International Economic Development Council.
Kate is known as an entrepreneur and a community leader who has built a career on driving social impact initiatives in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. At 23, she founded Kate’s Club, a nationally-acclaimed not-for-profit organization that provides support to children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling. Kate remains involved with Kate’s Club as its Founder. She is the author of “A Healing Place,” and has been featured in six books as a thought-leader on personal giving and social enterprise. She has been frequently featured in media, including People, Marie-Claire, Huffington Post, The Today Show, and The View. Recently, she was named to GOOD magazine’s global “GOOD 100” list for her commitment to helping others.