Social Impact Heroes: Why & How Kate Jerome of Little Bridges Is Helping To Change Our World

Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine
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9 min readJan 4, 2021

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Learn how to listen. It took me a long time to be open-minded enough to actively listen. On big projects, I had to learn to leave my ego at the door… but not my confidence. This tuned-in approach allows me to shape the vision to the need rather than trying to change the need to fit the vision which never works!

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kate Jerome.

Kate Jerome is a seasoned publishing executive and award-winning children’s book author who has been positively influencing younger generations for decades. Kate’s vision for Little Bridges grew out of her experience at Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute. During her year-long residency, Kate’s affiliation with Stanford’s Center on Longevity immersed her in the research which now informs her work. As an intergenerational product innovator, Kate turns theory into practice by developing books and activities that encourage connections and meaningful conversations between kids and their favorite adults.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

My career path has been so diverse it could never have been anticipated by normal means, so I give my family …especially my three rowdy, wonderful brothers…enormous credit for helping me develop the basic skills (curiosity, resiliency, sense of humor, openness to opportunities) that have always served me so well. Our parents and extended family were very social and I was always mesmerized by the family stories that were so lovingly, and sometimes hilariously, told around the dinner table. Young or old, we all participated so it was natural for me to gain an appreciation of one generation affecting the other.

Probably my favorite personal story of generational impact had to do with my grandmother. When we learned she was dying of breast cancer, all ten teenage grandchildren gathered in her…

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Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine

A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator