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Kathy Steele

January 19, 2018

Growing With Purpose Podcast: Kathy Steele

Today on the Growing With Purpose podcast, Paul Spiegelman interviews Kathy Steele, President & CEO of Red Caffeine. Looking back on her life, Kathy has earned her stripes as a purpose-driven leader and an entrepreneur. She first ventured into entrepreneurship as a single mother, when she decided to leave her full-time job despite having less than a month's rent in her bank account. Despite the obstacles, she was determined to build a great business and deliver on her vision. This episode, Kathy shares the invaluable lessons she learned from a business divorce, brushing off early failures, and leading by serving. Tune into Kathy's story here.

Show Notes 

Kathy Steele Growing with Purpose Podcast

[5:00] How We Doubled Our Revenue in Our First Four Years

[10:25] Unlearning 'Screaming & Intimidation' Leadership Experiences

[17:33] Going Through a Business Divorce alongside Small Giants Leaders

[21:08] A Toxic Turn: A Business Divided

[24:34] A Powerful Culture-Building Process

[28:13] Investing in Employee Engagement and Growth

[38:00] The Most Important Characteristic of a Leader: Transparency

Selected Links from the Episode

Inspiring Mentors and Organizations: The Great Game of Business, Tom Walter of Tasty Catering

Book that Influenced Kathy's Leadership Style: Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy by Amy C. Edmondson

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About Kathy Steele

Kathy Steele is passionate about people, serious about business scalability, and loves to help the underdog cause in her community. She is fortunate to "do it all" in her role as CEO and company visionary of Red Caffeine, a growth consultancy that delivers strategy + branding + technology + marketing to fuel meaningful impact. Kathy has relentless enthusiasm for great causes, donating her time and expertise to industry groups and non-profit organizations. She is Chicago’s Local Group Leader for the Small Giants Community, an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) for Future Founders, an Executive Council Member for the Executive Breakfast Club, and a Great Game of Business Practitioner. She values fostering relationships with leaders who share her strong focus on business ethics, social responsibility, and economic sustainability.