May 15, 2008
Kate Atwood is the founder and president of Kate's Club, an Atlanta-based not-for-profit organization devoted to assisting children and teenagers with the countless emotional and psychological hurdles they face after the death of a loved one.
Atwood graduated from the University if Virginia in May 2000. She began her professional journey with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, an Atlanta-based collegiate football bowl game. In 2001, she joined The GEM Group, a global sports and entertainment marketing agency. At GEM, Kate led the account team for a global corporate client and its sponsorship with NASCAR.
In November 2002, Atwood made a critical career choice to move away from sports and into the non-profit arena to pursue her dream of starting an organization for bereaved children. With the full support of her former colleagues, friends, and family, she developed and launched Kate's Club, a non-profit organization that empowers children and teens who are facing life after the death of a loved one. The Kate's Club coping recipe comes not from any grief textbook, but from the heart, and Atwood's first-hand life experience. On April 25, 1991, she lost her mom Audrey Atwood to a courageous battle with breast cancer.
Atwood now serves full-time as the president of Kate's Club and oversees all the strategic partnerships and fundraising development of the non-profit organization. In 2003, Kate was recognized as an "Outstanding Atlantan", a recognition given to ten young leaders in Atlanta making a difference in the community. Kate has received other honors including being named a 2005 "Pathfinder" by Turner Broadcasting System; being the youngest honoree recognized in the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 2006 feature "Up and Comers: Top 40 under 40.", and most recently being honored by Georgia Trend magazine as one of Georgia's "40 under 40 - Rising Stars in Business, Education, Politics, Science, and the Arts." Her work with Kate's Club has been featured in People magazine and on CNN, and ABC's The View.