Katherine "Kat" Nelson-Reid, President of RedKatalyst Consulting, has a multifaceted background built over the course of her career that's given her the ability to be placed in virtually any segment of a business and manage it with skill and proficiency.
has a solid business consulting acumen that she's
applied to building the operational side of many of her
past employers as well as several hundred startups while she
has managed her
own consulting firm.
background is entrenched in finance, operations and process development, she's
achieved multimodality in sales, marketing, and business development.
While at Obtiva
(aquired by Groupon August 2011), Kat
played a central role in shaping the growth and development of the company and its people.
She is in her element in a start-up technology environment, and after joining Obtiva in early 2008 she rolled up her sleeves and got to work streamlining the internal accounting, finance and human resource functions.
While building Obtiva she served as part of the senior management team overseeing the day-to-day operations while adding strategic value as key change agents to the progression and evolution of the firm.
With more than 15 years of corporate operational experience, Kat began her career as an auditor while still in college, eventually expanding beyond finance and accounting into business operations spanning marketing, legal, human resources and process management.
left the corporate world to establish a business consulting firm where she
specialized in process implementation, change management, growth strategy development and start-up consulting.
Born and raised in the South, Kat's career and penchant for tall buildings, fine dining and traffic jams brought her
a fixture in the Chicago technology community, speaking and supporting start-up and women in business initiatives.
a foodie, coffee addict, wine enthusiast and teaches the occasional yoga class.