One Chicagoan’s experience during L.A.T.E. Ride 2012, a 25-mile ride through the city of Chicago at night, documented with a photo collage.
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. Kate spoke at one of my journalism classes at Loyola University Chicago about how to use social media as a personal branding and professional tool. She urged the students to grab the proverbial bull by the horns and actively use Twitter, Facebook and other platforms for career development. Her insights and tips were extremely helpful to them as they prepare for opportunities in the workforce. She received kudos for her presentation and several follow-up queries after class was over. 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.
Kate is an outstanding managing editor who is continually challenging all of us to do better, to embrace change, and to stay on schedule. She takes the lead on any project she is given, including the World of Concrete show publications and the Concrete Construction websites and social media, sometimes ruffling a few feathers along the way in her pursuit of excellence. Kate has proven an invaluable asset in keeping the magazines on schedule and being not only completely open to doing things differently, but a true catalyst for change. Her work has improved our quality, expanded our reach and increased contact with our audience. I can’t speak highly enough of her smartness, reliability and dedication.
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.
Kate impressed me while she was still a student in college, and I had the good fortune to hire her immediately following her graduation. She is extremely detail-oriented, and is an outstanding writer and editor. Her fresh and innovative ideas were a welcome addition to the magazine while she was on my team. I would hire her again.
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!
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 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 consider Kate to be the modern-day, well-rounded managing editor. Not only does she have impeccable writing, editing and management skills that are necessary for a great ME, but she also embraces, supports, helps implement and seeks out new technology and social media strategies to increase brand awareness. She is constantly looking out for the brands best interest and thinking about the magazine with a web-first mindset. As a Web Producer, I work very closely with Kate to make our website great for our readers. With the rebuild of ConcreteConstruction.net that launched in Dec. 2010, Kate was the only editorial direction I had and we spent many sleepless nights perfecting the site and prepping for launch. Without her, the website would not be what it is today. She has a great eye for web aesthetics and reader-friendly site navigation. I highly recommend Kate for any editorial and emedia related opportunities. She knows her stuff!”
I recently spent several intense months working with Kate on the migration of Concrete Construction magazine’s 50 years of article content into a new content management system, and the redesign and relaunch of the brand’s website. I have the highest regard for her sophisticated understanding of content and its expression on the web, attention to detail, excellent work ethic, and unflagging dedication to quality. Her ability to bring together groups with different agendas and forge consensus is admirable. She’s always professional and it’s been a real pleasure to work with her on this project.
I have had the opportunity to work with Kate Hamilton in many capacities and each of them have proven to be beneficial! We have worked together as co-editors for several publications, and she has always been able to inspire creativity. I have also had the opportunity to work with Kate in her role of Managing Editor, and she has been very approachable and detail-oriented. Her work ethic motivates those who work with her and under her management to excel and to be productive. She is always ready to search for and suggestion solutions, and she is always ready to do what needs to be done to get the job done. I absolutely recommend Kate Hamilton!
As my supervisor while I was a summer editorial intern at Hanley Wood, Kate helped me become acclimated to the environment of a magazine publication very quickly. She was always available to answer questions, both about work and my future career. When assigning me tasks, she always outlined exactly what she expected from me. Her passion for her work and management qualities made interning enjoyable and educational. Her leadership, knowledge and enthusiasm would be an incredible addition to any company.
Kate has worked with a number of Dashfire's start ups (from conception to revenue generating) to train them in digital marketing basics. She takes a very hands on approach and leverages her deep industry knowledge to teach each of the entrepreneurs how to identify the most relevant social media platforms for their business, how to create and manage accounts on the different platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc) and how to identify strategic partnerships and best practices for approaching those partners. Her personable nature and broad knowledge of the industry makes her a perfect fit for teaching a variety of start ups (no matter what their stage or industry) the proper social media toolbox so that they can implement strategies on their own. I highly recommend Kate and look forward to working with her many times again in the future.
I had the pleasure of working with Kate at Lightspan Digital for just over a year. Kate's organizational skills and attention to detail made her very easy to work with as she was easily one of the best communicators in the office. As my manager, Kate gracefully gave me regular feedback, encouragement, and challenges that helped me further develop my marketing skills. One of Kate's greatest qualities was her ability to listen to her teammates and clients then cater her recommendations to their individual situations.
Kate is excellent at developing and implementing processes across many different agency departments. She has a keen eye for detail and keeps the big picture in mind at the same time. She is a supportive supervisor who helps her teams grow to be their best.
I had the pleasure of working with Kate for just over a year and watching her in action. Kate is an immensely talented digital marketer, account manager and processes guru who balances a keen eye for detail with an almost intuitive grasp of the big picture. Her deep wells of industry knowledge allow her to bring a depth of expertise and professionalism to almost any task she sets her mind to. During her time at IntraLink Global, she was instrumental in implementing many integral processes that set a framework for how we operate. I learned a lot from working with Kate, and her guidance and mentorship was invaluable in my professional development.
Kate was a wonderful consultant to work with on my business web site project. She had fresh ideas, laid out a detailed plan of work, stayed on time and budget and presented me with a product that looked great and more importantly, has been easy for me to manage on my own. Will definitely send more of my clients her way.
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 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.
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.