Kate Mortenson

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Company: iPondr SBC
Role: PDL Presenter

Kate Mortenson is an EdTech entrepreneur and social enterprise leader, leveraging the power of human stories, with technology, to shape a better culture. In 2021, Mortenson and her team launched content and learning media site iPondr.com and the workplace e-learning and empathy development program iPondr@Work.

Previously, Mortenson hired and led the team that hosted the 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Minneapolis. As a culture- shaping initiative from its beginnings, the Minneapolis host team was recognized for team member Diversity in Sport, local vendor Inclusion and record breaking results. After the event, Mortenson wound down operations with a $1MM surplus.

Several months before George Floyd was killed, Mortenson began building iPondr from Minneapolis, MN, to foster a more interconnected society as a response to toxic media and escalating culture wars. Since then, the need for culture solutions has continued to grow with greater urgency. As a pro-business social enterprise, iPondr SBC is committed to Building a Kinder AmericaTM.

Kate is a speaker and thought leader, appearing as keynote at many regional events and contributing to podcasts, blogs and articles on her belief in what’s possible when we commit to doing and being better within society. Among other honors, she’s a Women in Business honoree of the Business Journal and an inductee to the Business Hall of Fame of Jr Achievement in the Minnesota region. A journalist by training, Mortenson is a Director at Delta
Dental of Minnesota and previously Chaired the Governance Committee for Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Radio Group.

Kate and her husband, David, have (mostly) launched three young adult children from their home in Minneapolis.

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