Dr. Katharine K. Wilkinson is a purpose strategist, civic entrepreneur, and author/speaker, who focuses on the confluence of people, place, and purpose.
As Director of Strategy & Activation at BrightHouse LLC, she works to bring purpose to business, harnessing it as a force for social good. Katharine is also Co-Founder of Cities of Purpose, a civic venture that uses a Jeffersonian dinner party model to catalyze connection, ideas, and engaged communities in and for cities.
Based on her PhD research at Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, Katharine published the recent book Between God & Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change – called “a vitally important, even subversive, story” by The Boston Globe.
With expertise in sustainability, strategy, social science, and behavior, she has taught at the University of Oxford and worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Boston Consulting Group.
Her work has been lauded by Bill McKibben and Gus Speth, featured by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Decatur Book Festival, Environment, and USA Today, and shared on numerous campuses, including Columbia, Princeton, and Yale.
Passionate about supporting young change-makers and shaping a sustainable future, Katharine serves on numerous boards and initiatives. She holds a doctorate in environmental studies from Oxford and a BA in religion from Sewanee: The University of the South, where she was a Udall Scholar and valedictorian.
Katharine is a homegrown Atlantan, lifelong “interdisciplinarian,” and avid equestrian.