Kathleen Griffith

Kathleen Griffith

Founder & CEO at Grace & Co
New York, United States

Summary

Best known for fearless strategy and out-of-the-box thinking, Kathleen works with both Fortune 500 brands and leading early stage growth companies to create future-proof, women-centric business and marketing strategies. As CEO of Grayce & Co, she brings her clients’ new ideas to market, driving rapid acceleration of products, platforms and services.
Prior to founding her own consultancy, Kathleen held positions as Managing Director at creative 'Agency of the Year' mcgarrybowen and as Senior Partner at global powerhouse Ogilvy & Mather.
A champion of women's causes, Kathleen serves on the committee of Cannes Lions' 'See It Be It', which fosters the advancement and representation of female creative talent. Kathleen has worked on campaigns for both the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and Diane von Furstenberg’s Water Tank Project. In 2016, she launched Grayce & Co Ventures to invest in startups that are both women-oriented and purpose-driven. She is also heavily involved in the technology and venture communities.
Her work has been recognized with awards, including a Cannes Gold Lion for creativity and an Effie for effectiveness. She has been featured as a ‘Leading Woman In Business’ by Huffington Post, ‘Creative Innovator’ by Conde Nast, IBM Think Leader, Women in the World featured entrepreneur, as "The Fixer" on EntrepreneurTV, on Facebook Live’s ‘business leader’ interview series, and has also appeared as a judge on the BBC’s Apprentice. Kathleen is a contributing author to Women@Forbes. She also speaks to student audiences, speaking at UNC School of Entrepreneurship. 

Positions

Contributor Women@Forbes
Forbes
July 2017 - Present (1 month)
Advisor
Verst
March 2017 - Present (5 months)
Backed by VC Greylock Partners, advisors like LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman and a strong leadership team, Verst is an engineering-first software company headquartered in New York.
Advisor
Rethink Brands
January 2017 - Present (7 months)
RETHINK Brands aims to see the end of the plastic bottle as the norm in the beverage market. By packaging premium, filtered water in a paperboard carton, RETHINK Brands created a safe, delicious, and environmentally responsible way to stay hydrated.
Executive Committee, See It Be It
London, United Kingdom
October 2016 - Present (10 months)
See It Be It is a Cannes Lions initiative, aiming to accelerate the career progression of high-potential senior creative women and change the ratio of female leaders in agency creative departments. See it Be It is a response to industry gender imbalance. The program aims to address this issue by developing high-potential creative women and bringing them to the attention of the industry.
Mentor
Techstars
September 2016 - Present (11 months)
Techstars is a global ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs build great businesses. Techstars mentors accelerate business growth and help entrepreneurs do more faster. It is considered one of the best startup accelerators in the world. Fewer than 1% of the companies that apply to Techstars are accepted.
Founder & CEO
Grayce & Co
July 2014 - Present (3 years 1 month)
We’re a strategy agency for women focused on intelligence, brand strategy, and market activation.

We’ve been fortunate to work with the best in the business, from Fortune 500s to small and mighty brands, to guide thinking on new + existing products, platforms and services for women.

www.grayceco.com
Managing Director of Business Development
New York, United States
December 2012 - August 2014 (1 year 8 months)
Clients: JP Morgan, Chase, Disney, Marriott, Kraft, Verizon, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Pizza Hut, Crayola, Reebok, Northrop Grumman, Sears, United, Staples, Mondelez, Chevron, P&G, Maserati, Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation
Senior Partner
New York, United States
September 2010 - 2011 (4 months)
Global Kimberly Clark
Vice President, Management Supervisor
New York, United States
2006 - September 2010 (4 years 8 months)
General Mills
Account Executive
New York, United States
2004 - 2006 (2 years)
McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceutical

Education

Honors BA Communications

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Reader's Digest Academic Scholarship

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