Kate Garnes energized our Arizona DECA group with her charm and relatable story. She is bright, enthusiastic, personable, and positive. Our high school age kids naturally connected with her and public speaking for Kate is relaxed and easy. She was a pleasure to work with throughout the planning process. Kathy Fromer – Executive Director – Arizona DECA
As soon as Kate began speaking to my students, she quickly captivated my students. She challenged my students on their use of word choice and the impact words can have on others as well as themselves. She encouraged the students to really pay attention to the people they surround themselves with and to be selective in choosing friends who will help bring out the best in them. So many leaders strive to be perfect and she touches on the fact that trying to achieve perfection is exhausting and to find joy in your individual strengths. I guarantee that after hearing Kate speak, the students, advisors, and fellow leaders will leave feeling “like a gladiator.” Kate is funny, unique, and a complete inspiration. Ashley Hoffman – SGA Advisor – Windermere High School
I had the distinct pleasure of hearing, witnessing, and experiencing two of her keynote addresses in February at the California Association of Student Councils (CASC) statewide annual Youth Action Summit. Wow, was I blown away, and so were my students! Ms. Garnes was topical, relatable, energetic, interactive, inspiring, and motivating! The next day during breakout sessions students could be heard discussing the themes of her speech, quoting lines during lunch such as, “I can’t lower my standards, because you can’t reach yours,” and calling each other GLADIATORS as Ms. Garnes had called everyone in the room to motivate them to have the courage to create change.
I personally witnessed Ms. Garnes take her speech and turn it in to action with one of my students. Chris wanted to speak to Ms. Garnes one-on-one to discuss a few themes from her speech and a possible career choice. She went out of her way to carve some time with him and he emerged inspired and so focused that his grades have improved and he has identified and solidified his career choice and field of study for college in the Fall. Eileen Miranda Jimenez – District Advisor – West Covina Unified School District
Kate is full of infectious energy, genuine compassion, and conveys an empowering message that is relatable to a diverse audience. She taught us all to embrace our inner Gladiator
Wendy Cartwrite – SGA Advisor – Ocoee High School
One of my students saw Kate at a national conference, and came back to school really excited and energized by her presentation. She felt that our students needed to see her, and strongly recommended her for our “Harmony Week” activities. From my initial email to hosting her presentation, working with Kate was a dream. She was professional and attentive to my school’s needs. More importantly, our students really responded to her message. They loved her energy and her relatability. I would strongly recommend her to any high school looking for a dynamic, fun, and engaging speaker.
Thanks for your time! Amy Dubovick – Advisor – Oakmont High School