Kate Earle

Kate Earle

Chief Learning Officer, Quiet Leadership Institute

As the CLO of the Quiet Leadership Institute and the resident “cultivator” I apply my lifelong passion for growing things to how we do business. Whether those things be plants, flowers, food, mindsets, skillsets, or toolsets, I get jazzed by every step of the growing process. I’m happiest when rolling up my pant legs and shirt sleeves to play in the dirt—whether literally or figuratively—in pursuit of bringing a new concept (or seed) to life.  Cultivation comes into play by carefully selecting the best traits of a plant, garden design, learning initiative, or leadership team and focusing those key traits on producing exceptional results.

In 2002 I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with my Ph.D. in adult learning. I initially pursued my degree because I’m a school geek and positively love being in learning mode. I simply wanted to go as far as I could before I had to leave the world of academia and get a “real” job. Honestly, I didn’t think I would ever have the opportunity to turn my passion into a vocation but here I am, 13 years later, doing just that every single day. How did I get so lucky! Since graduate school I have led strategic learning and development initiatives across diverse industries from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. My specialty is designing and implementing performance strategies that move people, teams, and organizations towards their goals. I am fanatical about measuring results and am certified in the ROI Institutes measurement methodology. My areas of expertise include leadership development, sales effectiveness, change management, performance consulting, and measurement.

Another thing I never expected was to stay in Philadelphia but upon receiving my degree I found I was in love with the city and then quickly fell in love with my husband and settled in to start a family. When not working with QLI or gardening I can be found running after our two-year old daughter, Viola, whose exuberance for living continually reminds me of what’s important in the day to day.