"WE Magazine Woman on the Move Interview with Kathryn Starke"Meet Kathryn Starke (33) – Founder/CEO of Creative Minds Publications

Tell us about how you chose your career/business and what your responsibilities include

I knew I wanted to be in the business of education by the time I was seven years old. My main responsibilities include teaching, writing, motivating students, supporting parents, and inspiring fellow educators in the world of literacy.

 Tell us about the company you work for or own?

I started Creative Minds Publications, a global educational company based in Richmond, Virginia, that exemplifies quality literacy instruction for all children.

 What are some of the most fulfilling projects you have been involved with so far

I’ve been so blessed to be a part of such great projects. Some of the most fulfiling include my position as a literacy advocate for Reach Out and Read Virginia, a chapter of a national organization that provides books to clinics for a child’s doctor’s visit from the time they are 0-5 years old. I also was part of the MCV Development Center Back to School Drive in memory of one my students who died the year she was in my first grade class. I donated books and helped stock backpacks for a special evening event for students who were also patients at MCV Development Center.

 Are there any people in your field you would like to meet and/or work with and have not yet had the opportunity?

Yes, there are so many people I’d love to meet! I’d love to meet Melinda Gates and collaborate with her in her work of education.  I’d love to work with Kylene Beers in the literacy world. I’d love to collaborate with Maria Shriver and write another children’s book, specifically for young girls.

 What are some of your favorite ways to network?

I’m a huge of fan of Pinterest to connect with teachers and twitter for networking!

 Do you have a mentor – if so how did you choose one another?

I was assigned a mentor through my school district in the reading department and have been so fortunate to have her as my support, advocate, and teacher in reading education. I certainly love to read about fellow females in business to learn from their feedback and advice. I always hope to learn even more that will allow me to have a long career in literacy education.

 What’s been the most surprising thing that has happened to you so far in your career?

I’d have to say the most surprising thing that has happened to me so far in my career is to have my children’s book, Amy’s Travels, be selected to become a musical this spring by the Latin Ballet of Virginia.

 What do you do for fun/relaxation?

For fun, I love to travel, read chick lit/women’s fiction novels, and go out for dinner with friends and family.

 Any parting advice for someone who would like to follow in your footsteps?

Advice I’d share is for someone to truly understand their passion and expertise and share that message with a targeted audience. Continue to build relationships with people who you can learn from as well as with people you can teach!

For more info about Kathryn, visit: www.creativemindspublications.com


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