Kate O'Donnell, CAE
Phone: +1 703-506-3260
Kate O'Donnell joined MCI USA (formerly Coulter) in January 2008 as a senior associate, managing the marketing and creative efforts for the company’s nonprofit, events, and consultative clients. In 2015 she was named Vice President, and currently oversees marketing & communications initiatives for MCI USA’s four divisions, creating experiential productions and building brands through creative ventures from concept to fruition.
O’Donnell also serves as the lead for the Strategic Consulting business unit, overseeing a team of consultants who provide practical, innovative counsel in key performance areas, converting nonprofit organizational challenges into actionable opportunities.
Prior to joining MCI USA, O'Donnell spent six years with the ABC Television daytime drama, "General Hospital," where she held a number of positions in the writing, production and casting departments. O'Donnell wrote both on-air and audition scenes under the show's Emmy®-award winning head writer, as well as assisting with script continuity. In addition to her routine duties, she was tapped during broadcast sweeps to act as production continuity coordinator, ensuring rigorous specifications were met within the writing, production, wardrobe, hair/make-up, and publicity departments.
O'Donnell's previous experience includes serving as public relations manager for Santa Rosa Medical Center in northern Florida, where she initiated and implemented a successful marketing campaign for the labor and delivery unit and operated as the creative director for television advertising. In addition, O'Donnell was the editor of Healthy Connections, a county-wide publication with a reader circulation of more than 35,000.
O'Donnell began her career in the nonprofit sector, first as assistant editor for the General Federation of Women's Clubs, then serving as communications specialist for the Women's College Coalition (WCC) in Washington, D.C. At the WCC, she helped successfully re-launch a national public service campaign targeting girls' involvement in math and science disciplines.
O'Donnell earned an undergraduate degree in communications from American University, and currently holds memberships in the Directors Guild of America, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Delta Gamma Fraternity of Women.
O'Donnell, her husband, Brendan, and their two daughters reside in Falls Church, Virginia.
Kate’s areas of expertise:
- Integrated branding and communications strategies
- Proven success with major campaigns and promotional products
- Storytelling by design
- Budget allocation and management
Now, here's the backstory on Kate…
Hometown: Pasadena, California—home of the Rose Bowl.
Superhero power I wish I had: The ability to clone myself.
Television show or movie most resembles my current life: Adventures in Babysitting…but since they’re my kids, it’s not really babysitting.
Favorite guilty pleasure: Dark chocolate covered pretzels or dark chocolate covered strawberries…actually, anything covered in dark chocolate.
Three publications I’d recommend for anyone who does what I do: Associations Now for obvious reasons, Metropolis for keeping up in the design world and Entertainment Weekly, because it helps me decompress from the real world.
What I do on my “free” time: I’ll let you know when I get some…
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go…: Australia, Greece and Italy…all are definitely on my bucket list!
Advice I would give my “younger self”: Make sure to spend a semester abroad while in college…see “If I could travel anywhere…”