Hi! I’m Kate.
Hi! I’m Kate Hamilton, a Chicago-based digital marketing leader and journalist. Currently, I am VP of growth marketing by day, the founder + publisher of LoganSquarist by night, and a karaoke enthusiast, busy knitter and avid runner in between. And sometimes I blog.
I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.Van Gogh
It all starts with a little passion.
I’ve always gravitated to storytelling. As a self-identified busy bee, I have a hard time sitting still, always looking for my next passion, next endeavor, next project. My Grandma used to tell me I would never get bored because I was always doing something.
I thrive in challenging and collaborative environments that value a purpose-driven work ethic, innovative thinking and pragmatic, researched solutions. Interested in learning more about my experience? Check out my resume.
That drive has allowed me to experience some pretty amazing things and achieve advancements throughout my career, including a fruitful b2b journalism career, a shift to digital marketing and the launch of my passion-project LoganSquarist— a truly humbling and growing experience.
I believe that with drive, passion and a little dash of spunk, you can achieve almost anything.
Before transitioning to digital marketing, I spent a decade as an award-winning journalist covering concrete construction, skin care + esthetics, local Chicago and human interest stories.
Over the years, my diverse and varied experience has enabled me to apply a number of disciplines at global firms, national media companies and startup agencies.
In my spare time.
The majority of my spare time is dedicated to driving my volunteer-only organization, LoganSquarist. Serving as the founder and publisher, I craft the organization’s overall direction, mission and more, while leveraging a supportive team.
As a consultant, I provide marketing services to support promotions, offer strategic guidance, give specialized training and design websites.
Additionally, I am a speaker, panelist and lecturer on the topics of digital marketing strategy, social media community management and journalism.
And in my spare time, I spend as much time bullet journaling, knitting, movie watching and hitting up every karaoke establishment possible.
A little recognition doesn’t hurt.
From writing awards to media accolades to internal acknowledgments, my career has garnered some honors and awards.
- 2017 Resolution Recipient for LoganSquarist from Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr., 8th District
- 2016 Resolution Recipient for LoganSquarist from Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr., 8th District
- 2012 RedEye Chicago Named @LoganSquarist Twitter Handle to Follow. Connect to LoganSquarist »
- 2011 Hanley Wood Red Point Finalist, Smart Category
- 2006 TABBIE Award, Feature Article Category from Trade Association Business Publications International (TABPI), “Spa Cuisine,” June 2005, Skin Inc. magazine, 11th Honorable Mention. Read Full Article »
Other people seem to say good things.
Mentors, colleagues and clients say a lot of nice things about my capabilities and contributions. Check them out.
Oh, and I love email.
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Kate did and excellent job with our website. We have received several compliments on how nice it looks and how easy it is to navigate. She also went above and beyond to make sure that we were able to update and the website ourselves through Wordpress. I cannot gush about how awesome she is and how happy we are with the site and her dedication to the project.
I met Kate through the Association of Women Journalists (AWJ) and immediately was impressed (and inspired) by her creativity, drive, work ethic and use of social media. Her passion for journalism, digital media and communications overall is evident in the projects she takes on, including LoganSquarist, an online news outlet that she founded that uses social media to socialize the neighborhood. What I admire about Kate is her vitality as well as her desire to keep learning and growing personally and professionally. Kate is a modern-day renaissance woman who is multitalented (ask about her travel, knitting and marathon exploits!) and who brings instant value to any team or organization.
One of the best things I've ever done in my career is work with Kate Hamilton. Her enthusiasm for all things editorial, not to mention her energy and passion for any project she's involved with, is contagious. In addition to being a natural born leader, she's also a creative type, a thinker, a stickler for details, and someone with incredible vision and the drive to get things done. I always marvel at how she is constantly teaching herself new things. She always seems to be ahead of the curve on anything related to social media, and she also has an eye for design. This lady rocks! And she continues to be a mentor to me and others in journalism and communications.
Kate has been a fantastic resource for all things digital, whether redesigning my website on Wordpress, fine tuning my social media profiles, or understanding Google Analytics. She's an excellent communicator, and I will absolutely hire her again in the future.
Kate is a wealth of knowledge who served as a tremendous mentor for all of our team members while constantly improving processes and workflows. She’s a tremendous project manager, pays great attention to detail, and is able to demand results from her team with respect. At LoganSquarist she has built and led a team of dozens of volunteer contributors committed to her vision of a community resource. I would happily work with Kate again anytime!
Kate is a real professional and a pleasure to work with. She is a great communicator and always put her client's (my company) interest first. She is tremendously personal and had a great understanding of our business and how she could help it. She is great and is a tremendous asset to any company.
I worked with Kate during my time as a community manager at Lightspan Digital while Kate was my direct manager. Kate’s communication practices really taught me how to navigate the sometimes complicated agency world. As an account manger, Kate smoothly orchestrated 10+ accounts at one time as well as help me manage and prioritize tasks in my role. Kate was a role model during my first few years in the professional world and continues to be so to this day.
Kate has an incredible amount of drive when it comes to LoganSquarist. In the six months that I’ve been involved, I’ve watched the site grow from a pet project to a respected community publication. This success can be attributed to Kate’s technical and leadership skills. From building out the site to off-hours community management and a consistent flow of content, the site improves by leaps and bounds on a weekly basis. When it comes to team management, Kate delegates tasks in an organized and efficient manner, making her an all around great and inspiring person to work with.