After over 20 years leading in both corporate and not for profit sectors of the business world, Katara McCarty was ready to bring her experience leading culture for over 3,000 employees across 42 states to supply companies, their teams and individuals with the tools needed to cultivate cultures of belonging.
Today, Katara is a sought after Executive and Organizational Coach, Public Speaker, Author, and Podcast Host dedicated to helping organizations welcome diversity by championing strategies that amplify the richness of individuals and their stories.
She is fueled by a passion to advocate for women’s rights and to give a voice to underserved groups. This passion inspires audiences internationally through keynotes and workshops across sectors.
BF: What does being a woman mean to you?
K: Being a woman means being fierce and staying true to who I fully am. I am a brown/black woman who was abandoned at birth by her biological mother and so I’ve had to face the reality of those intersections (being a woman and biracial) in my life. I’ve also had to do the internal work to belong to myself and to show up in the world knowing that there will be places and spaces that have not cultivated a culture for me to belong to because I am a brown/black woman.
BF: Who are your female role models and why?
K: My role models are my mother and grandmother. They taught me grit and how to be generous with what you have. My grandmother taught me how to love unconditionally and how to forgive even when it was really hard to do so.
BF: What are some roadblocks you’ve had in your journey to success?
K: Growing up in a poorer community and being a brown/black woman I’ve realized that I had to start life farther behind my white peers. My mom was a black single mom that worked three jobs to provide for our family. She wasn’t an advocate for continuing my education beyond high school because she was the first in her family to graduate high school and felt like that was a huge accomplishment. Over the years my roadblock has been trying to “catch up” to others because we didn’t start at the same start line. That’s been a reality I’ve had to accept and I’ve chosen to do the work to get to where I am today and I am very proud of that.
BF: What advice would you give to a younger you?
K: That you are enough. Smart enough, strong enough, worthy enough, brave enough, talented enough. And that she is not alone that I have been in her corner the entire time.
BF: What was one of your most satisfying moments in your career/path/journey as a woman?
K: Watching my two daughters become women. Both of them are the most amazing humans. They are smart, creative, wise, thoughtful, caring, brave, bold, and fierce. They know who they are and are unapologetic about it. I am truly amazed at who they have become. I couldn’t be more proud of them and to think I was such a young mom and that we kinda grew up together and in spite of that I played a part in raising such wonderful strong women brings me so much joy, gratitude and satisfaction.
I loved having the opportunity to chat with this fierce multi-dimensional woman. Katara’s spirit is one of inspiration and joy and it is reflected in all facets of her life.