Ep 12. Katie K: Work-Life Balance, and Coming out of the Closet Twice
By Nate Eckman
Katie K is a management consultant known for coming out at work. Shortly after starting college Katie came out as gay and quickly retreated after much of her family, church, and friends lambasted her for her homosexuality. She concealed it for years. Then she started her career, and questioned whether she should continue to keep this part of her a secret again. Early in her career, a mentor encouraged Katie to make this part of her well-known. She learned that her sexuality wouldn’t affect her promotions or opportunities. In short time, her message became something of a buzz among business professionals. Her story was shared in a recent feature in the Financial Times and in the June Print Issue of Oprah Magazine. As a result, the doubts she had about herself as an openly gay woman in the workplace vanished and she started to rethink the entire notion of work/life balance. How much of her was dictated by the firm that paid her, how much of her time did she owe the employer that let her truly be her? Katie realized that work wasn’t life. That her identity wasn’t in her corporate title; and that even her sexuality - something she once made such a great deal of - wasn’t even HER. Because of this premise, Katie has developed a unique perspective to separating work from her personal life. She draws boundaries that many on a professional track can’t. These experiences made her opinions on the divide between men and women, sexual harassment, and the #metoo movement especially poignant. For guest requests, please contact me here.