Katherine Center is a speaker on resilience, gratitude, and storytelling—how it works, why it matters, and how we can all tell the best stories of our lives.
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As a speaker, Katherine visits all kinds of groups, from book clubs to keynotes, and she is happy to bring her warm, accessible, insightful style to a wide range of topics—especially resilience, the upsides of failure, storytelling for business, and how we can all tell our own stories better.
Here’s a video trailer for a talk of Katherine’s about how to be good at failure:
Katherine’s been a speaker at countless fantastic events, including:
TEDx Bend • The Trinity University Women and Girls’ Leadership Summit • HEB’s Dia de los Flores Convention • Keynote for Lucky Star Art Camp • Keynote for Local Infant Formula for Emergencies Luncheon • Keynote for the Girls’ Inc. Luncheon/Recipent of Strong, Smart & Bold Award • Inprint Reading Series/Interview with Elizabeth Strout • Honoree and Keynote speaker for the Pratham Holiday Luncheon • The Kinkaid School’s Library Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon • The Poison Pen Reading Series • The Texas Book Festival • Random House Summer Showcase • The Texas Conference for Women • The Pennsylvania Conference for Women • The Mom 2.0 Summit • The Houston Public Library’s Grand Re-opening • Pink Partners Luncheon/Pink Ribbons Project • The Fort Bend County Book and Author Dinner • The Baytown Library Book and Author Dinner • The INPRINT Reading Series at Discovery Green • Pi Kappa Phi Banquet/University of Houston • The City of Sugarland Luncheon • The Young Writers Reading Series • Divine Tampa’s Moms Reinvented • The Inprint Poets and Writers Ball • The Dallas Museum of Art’s Texas Bound Reading Series • Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match at the Dallas Museum of Art • Keynote: Houston Chamber of Commerce’s Women in the Driver’s Seat Luncheon • The Children’s Museum of Houston’s Parents and Families Luncheon • The Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Artful Thursday Speaker Series • The Houston Chronicle Book and Author Dinner • And so many more . . .
For speaking inquiries, please email Katherine directly.
“After having Katherine at our book club, we are spoiled rotten. By the time she left, we felt like she was one of our dearest friends and we can’t wait to have her back. . . . Our book-club will never be the same and I mean that in the best of ways. She made us want to be better readers, better listeners and better friends.”
“It is so much fun to hear Katherine speak. Her great warmth, keen humor and carefully plotted story-telling abilities just pull her audience right in. You feel like she is speaking directly to you…and are delighted to be spending time with her.”
Susan A. Lieberman, Ph.D.
“Katherine was the keynote speaker at our Pink Partners luncheon. She not only has a gift as a writer, but she is an incredible speaker, as well. She is so talented at spinning a story—engaging and witty—I would have listened to her all afternoon.”
Executive Director, Pink Ribbons Project
“Katherine recently spoke at our Administrative Professionals Appreciation Day Luncheon. She was a huge hit! Her wonderful, easy-going speaking style and the great stories she told about writing books had everyone smiling and really appreciating their own jobs (which was an unanticipated bonus for the supervisors!) Katherine is a local jewel who we are proud to have heard speak. She inspired us all!”
Assistant City Manager
City of Sugar Land, TX
“Katherine Center uses stories to illuminate the hidden hopes and dreams that we so often put on hold for motherhood or some other selfless service. Her wisdom and empathy shine when she addresses a group, and her skills as a raconteur make every minute enjoyable. Hearing Katherine speak is much like the experience of reading a great novel; she leaves the audience feeling enlightened, engaged, and completely satisfied with the well-crafted happy ending.”
Lucy H. Chambers
Editorial Director, Bright Sky Press
“Katherine has the innate ability to take the mundane, crazy, and complicated lives of women, especially moms, and turn it into beautiful prose. Her writing develops her characters into people you truly care about, and hearing her speak about them brings them even closer to your heart. Katherine’s story of success is just as wonderful to hear–it’s like when you crawl into your pj’s and get to sit with your best friend and really get down to talking!!! She is a rare gift to all those lucky enough meet her.”
“Katherine talks about her path to publication with the same humor and laugh-out-loud anecdotes that her readers love in her novels. Her tone is easy-going and confiding, as if she’s just visiting with close friends over a cup of coffee.”
“Katherine Center kept the attention of all members of the audience (including several reluctant male attendees) as she told the story of her writing career. She is not an author who looks down her nose at interested readers and listeners; instead, she makes us realize that we all have similar self-doubts and misgivings. Our story and her story become the same, and we are delighted with her success.”
President, Friends of Sterling Municipal Library
“Katherine Center is an entertaining, fabulously witty speaker, with the ability to pump life and energy into the smallest of stories. She was a hit at our book club!”
“With her honey-hued voice and warm personality, Katherine Center mesmerized our audience. She brought such humor and compassion to her talk that the many funny and touching moments were well-remembered after the evening drew to a close. Thanks to Katherine, we laughed through the tears, and she left us greatly anticipating her next reading.”
Andrea N. Richesin
Editor of BECAUSE I LOVE HER and THE MAY QUEEN
San Francisco, CA
Will Katherine visit your book club?
YEP! Katherine’s always delighted to visit book clubs in or near Houston. And no matter where you are, there’s always SKYPE!
To get in touch, please contact Katherine.