Catharine Gately


Catharine Gately is a seasoned expert in personal branding and storytelling, dedicated to transforming leaders into legends. As a Personal Brand Strategist at Brand Builders Group, the world’s leading personal branding firm and Inc. 5000 company, Catharine leverages her 25 years of communication expertise to elevate her clients towards unparalleled success.  

She has worked with leaders at numerous Fortune 500 giants, including Microsoft (+Xbox), Amazon, Meta, Cisco, Amgen, Adobe, Expedia, Starbucks, and Netflix. She excels in crafting strategic brand narratives and compelling communication strategies for top-tier executives—guiding them to drive business objectives, inspire action, and ignite change.  

Catharine’s dynamic career started in journalism at CBS News and has included roles as a storytelling entrepreneur, a Microsoft marketing communications director, a VP at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in Chicago, and a press secretary on Capitol Hill. She has supported numerous worldwide Microsoft executives and teams as a C-level communications consultant and go-to corporate workshop leader on Storytelling for influence. A speechwriter and media relations expert, Catharine has spent nearly two decades landing her clients on everything from TEDx stages from Seattle to New York to Greece (25+ TEDx speakers), coaching clients for conferences like Grace Hopper and the Game Developers Conference, and fostering once-in-a-lifetime client opportunities with global media, such as Forbes, CNBC, and SUCCESS.  

Catharine has a passion to empower leaders to unlock their full potential to make an unforgettable mark in their industries through the power of owning their authentic story.  

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