Meet Kate CherryRegional Director
Kate Cherry has a true passion for networking, connecting fellow business owners and seeing others flourish. Formerly “scared” of networking after a long career in corporate, she realised how powerful both personal development and meeting like-minded people can be.
Kate has run networking groups in Hertfordshire and attended many in Herts, Beds and London since 2014, so when the Bedfordshire territory of the Athena Network was presented to her for sale, she saw an opportunity to take her experience to another level as part of such a renowned organisation and continue to help others.
Self-employed since 2013, Kate left the corporate world where she was European Head of Data Management for a large American firm in 2014. Having shifted her focus to her business and her family, she still craved that connection with others and an environment to “compare notes” and grow together, she therefore got involved in networking with other small business owners and company executives. She soon started to enjoy being a connector and introducer for those looking for each other’s services, having an ability to easily identify potential collaborations between her contacts, building networking confidence in others.
As it happens, transitioning from 15 years in corporate to running networking groups and growing her own business as a health and beauty consultant was quite a shift. Personal development and connecting with like-minded people was key to Kate’s success in her new careers. With this in mind, she leverages her own learning and experience to help those working for themselves or seeking success.
In her own business, Kate helps people to look and feel better in themselves and loves building confidence and coaching for success. One of her favourite quotes, from Henry Ford, is “Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re right” and Kate actively helps fellow entrepreneurs to appreciate that they already have in them what they need to succeed and that what has happened previously is not what matters, but what they chose to do now. Everyone is entitled to greatness. Kate leverages this philosophy in both her business and in networking.