Katherine Spinney is a leadership coach from Baltimore, Maryland, whose background includes master's degrees in both teaching and social work. She's worked in diverse environments from urban to rural to suburban to international. She eventually was thrown into management with very little training on the subject, but she now has a decade of experience in managing teams and decided she'd like to help equip leaders with the help and information she wasn't given but could have really used. Recently, she has created Katherine Spinney Coaching LLC to support other managers on their respective professional journeys. With this, she provides training and courses, and other resources for those who want to advance their careers by going the management route; and she has a lot of valuable insight and ability to help train those who would like to take on a managerial role.
In this episode, Katherine shares how she has most recently been working with a lot of non-profits; but, with the changes related to the pandemic, she went from teaching and training leaders and managers in-person to utilizing virtual platforms for everything. She has found that, although the bells and whistles of some tools such as Zoom seem like they would help build engagement, she's learned that the majority of the people she's encountered prefer to keep things simple as they were more likely to become lost when too many external links or features are added. Katherine is just now beginning to resume traveling for speaking engagements and is curious to see how many conferences will continue to also offer virtual options going forward.
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