Background: Kate Westerlund is a consultant at Bellwether Education Partners on the Strategic Advising team. Prior to joining Bellwether in 2015, Kate worked for three years in Deloitte’s Human Capital practice where she helped to guide organizations through large-scale, transformational change. Her client work largely focused on change management, organizational design, and competency modeling for retail companies. She also served as a year-long Education Pioneers Fellow at Chicago Public Schools, refining their supplier performance and relationship management program to better focus on the needs of students. Kate served on the leadership team of the Indiana chapter of College Mentors for Kids, focusing on new mentor recruitment, as well as on Chicago’s KIPP Associate Board, where she led the pilot of a 7th and 8th grade mentorship program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Indiana University in Spanish Language as part of the Liberal Arts & Management Program.
Experience at Bellwether: strategic talent planning cohorts, management capacity building, performance management system design, compensation model design, funding strategy development
Sample Clients: San Francisco Unified School District, Harmony Public Schools, National Center for Teacher Residencies
Why I do this work: In college I had a particularly powerful class on education reform that brought to light many of the issues I care so deeply about today. Once I moved to Chicago, I taught Saturday school class to 5th and 6th grade students and mentored kids from one of the most underprivileged communities in Chicago. My relationships with them touched me in such a way that I knew I wanted to dedicate my work to improving outcomes for all students.