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MacKinnon ’77 To Disrupt the Status Quo

mackinnnon-kate-trustee-bwFormer Vice President of JP Morgan Chase and the Owner of Creative Feng Shui Katherine “Kate” MacKinnon ’77 will disrupt the status quo and give voice to cutting edge ideas as she takes on the topic of women, aging and visibility on Tuesday, March 24 as a featured speaker of the Speakers Who Dare performance. The event, kicking off at 10 a.m., will combine the TEDx format with theatrical entertainment.

During her Speakers Who Dare address, MacKinnon, a member of the HWS Board of Trustees, will share how her work strives to overturn misconceptions about women as she discusses her experience helping women “step into their power and greatness.”

Other speakers include human rights activist and lawyer Ameena Majid, professional speaker and author Whitnee Hawthorne, and educator and innovator Dave Thompson. The theatrical entertainment will include singers, dancers, standup comedians and spoken word poets. The 2.5-hour special will be broadcast around the world with the goal of uniting people through a shared experience. Tickets are available for purchase here. Viewers who purchase their ticket before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24 can watch the event unfold live beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets will continue to be sold throughout the week of March 23 for viewers to watch a recording of the event. All ticket holders will be able to watch the performance March 24 through April 5.

In addition to MacKinnon’s work in the financial sector at JP Morgan Chase, she also ran her own management technology consulting company. She shifted gears when she “…answered the call to help women rediscover their inner desires and manifest the life of their dreams,” and began work as a certified Feng Shui practitioner. MacKinnon has combined her passion for the eastern practice of Feng Shui with a western aesthetic to create elegant and beautiful spaces, and has applied her entrepreneurial mindset and background by establishing Creative Feng Shui.

Through her business, she has taught courses on Feng Shui at places such as the Hospital for Special Surgery; she also taught  “Feng Shui 101” to the Global Real Estate Women’s Group at JP Morgan Chase. She has written several articles on Feng Shui, and been interviewed by thought leaders in the worlds of Speaking, Art, Spirituality, Women Empowerment and Life Transitions, particularly transitioning from corporate to a creative entrepreneur.

The Speakers Who Dare special has been produced by Jamie Broderick and award-winning filmmaker Tricia Brouk, who both served as former executive producers of TEDx Lincoln Square.