540_Kathleen

Kathleen Gratehouse

I am one of the principals at Highwire working on both enterprise and consumer clients from large brands like IBM, AOL and Alibaba to young challenger brands like Twilio, Veracode and Zolt. I like to work with ambitious companies that are building new markets and driving innovation.

10 questions with a Highwire principal

Welcome to the world of KG, where learning never stops, the coffee is always good and arguments are never confused with banter...

What are your focus areas?

Creative campaigns, executive thought leadership and developing narratives and storylines that align and drive business goals. I also do a lot of media coaching. I like to ask hard questions.

What got you into this business in the first place?

I was a producer at CNN and wanted to try something that was complementary to journalism, where I had the opportunity to learn every day and work in a fast paced environment. This checked all the boxes and more.

Who was a big influence in your career?

One of the best mentors I had in my career was Bob Novak. I was an intern on one of the public affairs shows on CNN and every Saturday I worked with him on Capital Gang where he was also producer. What I admired was his passion for his career (40 plus years in), his perfectionism, sense of humor and high standards. I never shared any of his political beliefs, but he made me a better producer every single week. Judy Woodruff was also a notable boss and mentor—she taught me that preparation is everything, take nothing for granted and never stop striving for new successes. Also, from a productivity standpoint, she could give any Lifehacker out there a lot of pointers.

Things I love in no particular order:
Coffee, dogs, design, color, wine, travel, reading, news, magazines (good paper please), ideas, cooking, food, a good argument, banter
What was your finest moment, the thing you’re most proud of?

Building great teams and seeing people grow at Highwire.

What was your most embarrassing moment in this business?

Calling a client the wrong name (more than once) during a pitch… still painful.

What prompted you to start Highwire?

Highwire offered the opportunity to build something from the ground up, work with great clients and partners, grow and mentor careers and teams and challenge myself everyday.

Do you have a method for coming up with ideas and solutions for clients?

Read, read, read and then sleep on it. By the time I hit the shower something has usually hit me.

What makes a great brand?

Passion and trust.

What driving career goals do you still have?

Our firm is young and has so many new places to go. I look forward to fostering a culture where there is constant learning and new challenges for every person at any level.

Thinkers and doers

We pride ourselves on having a unique combination of drive, creativity and trusted relationships that result from decades of success in strategic communications.

Emily borders_860-1

Emily Call Borders

Principal
Carol Carrubba_860-1

Carol Carrubba

Principal
Kathleen Gratehous_860-1

Kathleen Gratehouse

Principal
Kim Paone 860-1

Kim Paone

General Manager, New York
Ayanna-Anderson_860-1

Ayanna Anderson

Head of DIBs
Andrew_Robinson_860-2

Andrew Robinson

Head of People
JBC-headshot 860-1

JBC

EVP, Digital
James-Holland_860-1

James Holland

EVP, Digital
Carolina-noguera_860-1

Carolina Noguera

Executive Vice President
Christine McKeown_860-1

Christine Elswick

SVP, Security
Joe-Ferrary_860-1

Joe Ferrary

SVP, Enterprise
Bob_Gohn_860-1

Bob Gohn

SVP, Creative
Ross Levanto_860-1

Ross Levanto

Senior Vice President
Allie macpherson_860-1

Allie MacPherson

SVP, Social Media
Jayme-maniati_860-1

Jayme Maniatis

SVP, Health
Dylan-Tweney_860-1

Dylan Tweney

SVP, Editorial
Mallory-Cloutier_860-1

Mallory Cloutier

Vice President
Misty Holbert_860-1

Misty Holbert

Vice President
Joseph_Giumarra-860

Joe Giumarra

Vice President
Audrey-Granger-860

Audrey Granger

Vice President
Morgan Mathis_860-1

Morgan Mathis

VP, Health
Peter-McCormack_860-1

Peter McCormack

Vice President
Megan Phelan_860-1

Megan Phelan

VP, Security
Melissa-Roxas_860-1

Melissa Roxas

Vice President
Saige Headshot_860-1

Saige Smith

VP, Health
Peter_White_860

Peter White

Vice President

You need something different

We're ready to combine our expertise with your ambitions to help you reach a higher level.