“Two Minutes With” is Weber Shandwick Seattle’s employee spotlight series that provides professional and personal insight into our rockstar team. Today, we’re highlighting our very own Kate Hudson. Enjoy!
Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I grew up in the city and went to Seattle University, where I majored in strategic communications and international expeditions. I came to Weber Shandwick from a local Seattle agency, Frause, where I began my career working with real estate, built environment, city government and hospitality clients for the last two years.
What is something we would be surprised to learn about you?
I like to think of myself as a Pacific Northwest thoroughbred; although, this would be false, since my dad is from the UK and I’m first-gen American on the patriarchal side of my family. Growing up with a resident alien dad was pretty magical as he unintentionally helped develop my severe case of wanderlust. As an elementary school student, when most kids were visiting their grandparents in places like Iowa and Florida, I was traveling to see my grandma in England.
After my honeymoon to Cabo San Lucas this year, I’m setting my sights and air miles on Kenya for a safari.
Why Weber Shandwick?
I met Dan Lee while serving on the PRSA Jumpstart planning committee in 2013 and was attracted to his genuine ravings about the company and the network. It was my first real introduction to Weber’s culture and client work. About a year later, when I was ready to make a transition and diversify my account experience, I reached out to Dan. The timing was serendipitous!
You have had some really interesting internships – what was it like to work with the Seattle Humane Society?
Interning with the Seattle Humane Society was a great way to glimpse both a nonprofit and an in-house communications operation. Their team of three is a one-stop-shop for everything from collateral materials and media relations to web copy. Parts of that summer were emotionally challenging with numerous animals I would have loved to take home, but the most enjoyable part was seeing the team’s selection process for animals to take onto their weekly and monthly spots with broadcast stations.
I did six internships as an undergrad before graduating in 2012 and the Seattle Humane Society was definitely a favorite.
What are some of the activities you like to do in your free time?
I have two rescue dogs – Parker, a Siberian Husky, and Luna, a chocolate Lab. I’m mildly obsessed with my canines and you can often find me at local parks or on Cascade trails with them.
I’m getting hitched in August, so I devote much of my free time to reading wedding magazines, emailing vendors and patrolling Etsy for new wedding finds. The stress of wedding planning also requires drinking a lot of red wine.
What is the most surprising thing you learned during your first week at Weber?
The contrast of transitioning from a small to large agency has been the most surprising learning curve. I anticipated there would be some serious reeducation, but I’m continually impressed by the volume of brainpower, resources and reach of the network.