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Kate Attea, MBA

Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of the Social Sector Leadership Program

969 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Areas of Expertise
Effective Philanthropy
Executive Leadership Coaching and Teams Management
Impact Measurement
Managing with Data
Non-Profit Organizations
Nonprofit Strategic Business Planning
Organizational Design
Social Impact Strategy
Social Sector Strategy

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Alan Tuck, Kate Attea: “Communities in Schools: Propelling a National Network to the Next Level,” (2005); article that explored the growth, effectiveness, leadership, and future potential of a national network. The Bridgespan Group  


Margaret Boasberg, Alan Tuck, Kate Attea “MY TURN Business Plan,” Revised and published as a sample business plan to be used for knowledge sharing. The plan illustrated the value of creating a sharper definition of the population My Turn wanted to serve, identified aspects of the program model they needed to supplement, and prioritized a list of potential expansion sites. The Bridgespan Group 


William Foster, Kate Attea “Can social enterprise be profitable?” (2004) article illustrating the analyses of a salsa business within a nonprofit that focuses on youth programming and urban farming. The Bridgespan Group 


Bharat N. Anand, Kate Attea, “International Management Group (IMG),” (2001) bestselling Harvard Business School case study focusing on strategy, growth, and decision making within IMG’s 40-year growth trajectory beyond the sports management industry. Harvard Business Review  


Bharat N. Anand, Kate Attea, “News Corp.,” (2002) Harvard Business School case study focusing on strategy, global expansions, and deteriorating economics in an evolving media industry. Harvard Business Review  


Das Naryandas, Kate Attea, “NOK (A)” (2002) Harvard Business School case study focusing on marketing; highlights issues that a multidivisional firm faces as it moves from managing products for profit, to managing customers for profit. Harvard Business Review  

Kate Attea is the co-founder and managing director of Aim & Arrow, a social impact-focused consulting firm that focuses on social impact leadership and strategy. Aim & Arrow helps leaders and teams build on their strengths so they can reach their full potential and lead organizations to greater impact; and empowers nonprofits, foundations, and cross-sector leaders to define, measure, and scale their impact.

Kate is a certified professional coach and accomplished strategy consultant; for 25 years she has honed her expertise in strategy, executive leadership, and entrepreneurship. She consults high-performing foundation and nonprofit leaders on growth strategy, management, and implementation planning. Kate also partners with The Bridgespan Group, a consulting firm affiliated with Bain & Company, on various engagements, including its Leading for Impact® (LFI) program, helping ambitious nonprofits pursue strategic opportunities and build capacity to improve their performance over time, focusing on customized team-led projects and executive team development. Kate co-led LFI Chicago, teaching and advising more than 60 Chicago-based nonprofit leadership teams on strategy, management, and team effectiveness.

Kate also plays several roles at University of Chicago’s Booth Business School, teaching executive education for programs “IGNITE” (Chicago) and “Scaling your impact” (Hong Kong), and was an MBA faculty coach within social enterprise impact lab classes.

Prior to Aim & Arrow, Kate was an instructor at the Loyola Business School Baumhart Scholars Program; served as a Managing Director and head of Project Impact at A Better Chicago, a venture philanthropy fund; and led community impact strategic planning as a Director at the United Way of Metro Chicago. Kate worked for The Bridgespan Group where she consulted nonprofit and foundation management teams to undertake growth while maintaining high quality outcomes for their beneficiaries. Early in her career, Kate was co-founder and executive director of Computers for Children, an organization that enhances children’s educational opportunities through technology.

Kate has her MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a certified coach (ACC) by the International Coach Federation, is certified in administering Myers Briggs Type Indicator.