Kate Eberle Walker is the CEO of Presence Learning, the leading provider of online special education services for K-12 schools. In this role, she leads a majority female employee population, whose mission is not only to serve students with learning needs, but to provide a flexible career path for nearly 1,000 special education clinicians, many of whom are working mothers. Kate worked her way up to become CEO of The Princeton Review at age 39. While CEO, she not only made the business profitable; she did so while building a 50% female executive team, making her C-suite fully aligned with the gender balance of the organization as a whole. Before becoming a CEO, Kate navigated the male-dominated world of Wall Street as a Goldman Sachs investment banker for five years and worked her way up through management roles. She offers straight, tells-it-like-it-is advice to her fellow managers, and is an approachable and relatable mentor to younger women, whom she regularly supports and advises on career decisions.
Currently a Brooklynite, she lives in Carroll Gardens with her husband Chris, whom she met 15 years ago when they were both students at Harvard Business School. They have two daughters, ages eleven and eight. As her children can attest, she loves telling people what she thinks they should do, and most of the time people find it worth listening.