Kate Driesen


Kate Driesen, President of Driesen Communication, specializes in helping employees sharpen their critical leadership, communication and presentation skills to achieve performance excellence.

Considered one of the most captivating and knowledgeable presenters in the industry, clients select Kate for a wide variety of training and speaking topics, including Critical Leadership and Management Skills, Communication Up, Down and Across the Organization and Presentation Skills.

Kate artfully weaves in the content of each program topic with a delivery technique enhanced by her outstanding presence and the magnetic rapport that she establishes with her groups. She adjusts programs to meet the needs of participants and clients, relying on participant-centered discussion and experiential team exercises to accomplish program goals.

As a result, clients consistently refer to Kate’s ability to connect with people. According to one recent client, “Kate’s training comes from the heart, and her vitality is catching.”

Kate works with both large and small companies in the corporate, non-profit or government sectors. Her depth and breadth of experience come as a result of her extensive work in a variety of industries and cultures. They include pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, technology, oil services, manufacturing, utilities, insurance and Federal and State Governments. Kate’s work has taken her all over the U.S. as well as to Australia, New Zealand, South America, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Canada, Micronesia and the Philippines.

Kate’s early career led her to business as the General Manager of Hamilton Systems, a large New York temporary agency. She worked as a public relations liaison for South Pacific Fisheries in the Marshall Islands and later became a working partner in a successful travel agency, Inflight. In 1986, Kate worked closely with Jack Canfield as Marketing and Training Director and was a part of the team that developed Chicken Soup for the Soul for publication. Kate’s first career success was as an actress on stage and screen. 1994 she started her own company, Driesen Communication.

“I highly recommend Kate as a trainer/consultant and as a remarkable human being who can do anything she sets her mid to. Let me put it simply. Kate is a gem. People leave her workshops empowered and impassioned in their careers and in theirs lives.”- Jack Canfield, President, Chicken Soup for the Soul and Jack Canfield Companies

“I have received so may emails from staff telling me how valuable the training was. I was concerned, being the tough bunch they are, that the Leadership training would be a bust. I was sure it would be good but I am overwhelmed by the tremendous response from staff that I made the right decision Kate, to partner with you.” -Dan Lucky, Director-Reading Housing Authority

“Kate, we have come back from training with so much more knowledge-empowered to be better leaders. Thank you immensely for the learning experience.” -Gareth Becker, GenRe, Great Britton

“I am motivated to do some serious coaching. It’s not just rhetoric anymore. I am planning to use the techniques you taught us. I am making some changes.” –US Army Participant Coaching for Effective Leadership