Kat Smithhammer

Kat approaches life with curiosity, creativity and awe. Usually laughing (at times referred to as a “katcophony”) and smiling, she is passionately fascinated with the growth and development of individuals, teams and organizations.

Victor, ID April 23, 2013 : An evening stroll around  Mountain Side Village.Kat divides her time between the custom division of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS Custom Education) as a Senior Expedition Leader, and Leadership at Play, LLC. She has led over 100 wilderness expeditions in N.A., Europe, Argentina, Chile, and Australia, teaching mountaineering, whitewater canoeing and back-country skiing. Highlights include canyoneering with Shuttle Crew STS 122 during 100yr flood conditions and summiting Mt. Burney, in southern Chile for the second time, 30 years after its first ascent.

A few of Kat’s past clients include: NASA, Google, the United Nations Development Programme, the Wharton School, Wharton Exec Ed, the Prevention Management Organization of WY, Teton Science Schools, the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Timbuk2, Four Season’s, National Park Service, and Tata Steel.

With a unique talent for inspiring people to be their best and concluding discussions positively, Kat offers insights, builds common understanding and encourages contributions from all team members. A firm believer in learning from practical experience and cultivating robust self-awareness, Kat takes her own lifelong learning very seriously. She has a M.A. in Leadership and Training (Royal Roads University), a B.Ed. (Queen’s University), a B.A. (Trent University) and is a certified Integral Professional Coach.

Kat lives in the Tetons with her husband, Bruce, and their two dogs, Luna and Hank. She is zealous about her backyard (Greater Yellowstone Area), endurance events (such as skiing across Yellowstone N.P. in a day) and playing outdoors as much as possible.

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