About Me


My Vision

I have had the nickname of Katee Bar the Door throughout my life. When I finally figured out what it was from, I liked it as a company name. James Whitcomb Riley’s poem When Lide Married Him, 1894 was about a new couple who had eloped and may have had a few folks who did not support their union. Katee had to bar the door to make sure they were prepared for possible trouble. That’s what I do for companies. Bar the door and prepare leaders and teams for anything they may face.

What does that look like? I drive business innovations through the implementation of diversity & inclusion strategies for teams and organizations.

I will help individuals live their best lives- both at work and at home- through the realization of their passions.

Diversity- Inclusion  Speaker, Coach, & Strategist

My Story

Growing up, my parents were both teachers. Every summer, they would pile us seven kids into the van and drive. I visited 31 of the 50 states before my 10th birthday. Back in the early 80’s, there were no Google maps or even cell phones to help us navigate so we got lost A LOT!

Every time we lost our way, and even when we were found, we met people and saw places that were completely different from our small town in Ohio. Through each of these experiences we heard stories. From the stories told through dance by the Navajo Indians in Arizona, to the history of the slave quarters at Monticello, and of course the smallest of small towns in Van Horn, Texas. All of the stories we learned through these trips brought a love of storytelling and learning.

Storytelling and learning continued to be a part of my life and that is what I want to do in this work. When we get to know each other, through stories and being open to learn, we grow.

I help companies write their story through values and inclusion strategies. I lead them to learn why a more diverse culture makes for a better team.

I believe in meeting people where they are and asking questions to create more dialogue and a growth mindset.

Next Steps…

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