Founder/InterculturalistCompany: Invisible Culture
Role: Session Presenter
Katherine King started her work as an interculturalist in 2000 while living in Singapore. Since then she has conducted seminars on working across cultures for Fortune 500 companies around the globe. She has recently added executive coaching to her toolbox via the ICF program at Rutgers University. She has lived in Australia, Singapore, China, and Costa Rica and has worked throughout Asia and North America across a broad range of industries and departments.
Katherine is founder of Invisible Culture and, in addition to her consulting work, she teaches in the communications department at Baruch College every fall semester where her class is called Intercultural Training, Coaching and Consulting. The majority of students are of minority descent and often first generation, so the solutions are immediately impactful for them. Often, they have been straddling cultures without knowing it. Katherine is also the principal interculturalist for The French Institute Alliance Française de N.Y. and co-founded PlusPlusCom.NYC to promote equality-based communications practices.
She has her master’s in organizational psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University with a focus on how culture impacts organizations. Her cross-cultural certifications include Intercultural Communications from ICI; Chinese Language from Fudan University, Shanghai, China; French and Spanish Language from Middlebury College; Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI); The Process Communication Model® (PCM); Cultural Detective®; GlobeSmart®; Culture Navigator®; and Cultural Navigator® and she is currently completing the hourly requirements for her ICF Coaching certification, which includes an overview of DISC®.
Katherine’s culture-specific expertise is in workplace dynamics between North Americans and Indian nationals with an emerging interest in how personality and stress affect the trainer and the participants. She also specializes in workplace dynamics of Singapore, Costa Rica, France, Japan and Australia. Her strengths are in facilitating large groups, C-suite, and challenging participants through the transition from judgment into acceptance and adaptation.
She is often referenced as an expert in the media and is the author of Cultural Detective, Costa Rica.
Katherine also works on behalf of causes that support education, women empowerment, and surf therapy. She is the founder of Hantam NY, which raises money for a community program in rural South Africa that provides 11 of the UN’s 17 Sustainability Goals. Every year, she volunteers for local charities within the communities including NY Cares, Walk on Water, and Surfer’s Healing.
In addition to her consulting and coaching work, she speaks at conferences and lives in New York City with her husband, three sons and two dogs.