Meet The Keynote Team

Katrina Kaposts Smith - Agent and President
Katrina Smith wishes everyone enjoyed their jobs as much as she loves hers. What could be better than getting to know hundreds of great speakers, each at the peak of their profession, in fields from nanotechnology to mountain climbing? Meeting business luminaries, real life heroes, famous book authors, and world leaders is the kind of dream job description that you just can't make up.

Katrina worked as a booking agent at Keynote for several years before becoming the owner, speaker manager, HR director, legal department, overly-picky copy editor, troubleshooting negotiator, and staff bar manager. (Yes, Keynote has its own bar. It’s in the conference room. Come see it some time.) She regrets not being able to spend quite as much time working directly as an agent - it was much more fun than the paperwork she has to do now - but is thrilled at the way Keynote continues to grow and expand the scope of its operations.

Katrina is also proud to serve as the President of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus, giving her an opportunity to observe trends and influence the development of the industry she loves.

Katrina graduated from Yale University in 1994, where she studied music and languages. She loves all kinds of music from opera to blues to electronica, speaks a variety of sometimes-obscure foreign languages, is an occasional practitioner of various martial arts, and rides a loud and very shiny Harley Sportster in her spare time. At the center of it all is Katrina's children: two hilarious middle-school-aged boys, and a small daughter whose complete lack of regard for personal safety may lead to missing limbs someday.

Melissa Ingalsbe - Agent
Melissa's attention to detail, creativity and go-getting attitude help her make sure her clients get the best possible service. Her never-ending thirst for industry knowledge gives her incentive to follow current speakers' developments and discover rising stars.

Melissa came to Keynote with an eclectic background in event management and design. From directing fashion shows to conducting training and sales seminars herself, working for one of the most recognized brands worldwide, to managing small concerts (of every genre) and assisting with weddings, she understands what it takes to ensure a seamless, successful event, from start to finish.

A Washington native, Melissa moved to the Bay Area ten years ago and quickly fell in love with the weather, which is perfect for all of her outdoor activities—running, biking, hiking, and kayaking. She also enjoys competing in marathons and triathlons, reading non-fiction, and attempting new musical instruments.

Blake Joerger - Agent and Vice President, Marketing
Because of his many years in the speaking industry as both an agent and an executive, Blake knows a great deal about not only individual speakers, but also about what makes for a successful speaking event: the best possible speaker and the best possible service. Blake wants to make every client feel like they are his only client, and he takes special pride in knowing that he has contributed to the success of an event. He particularly enjoys last minute speaker requests, since those often present the biggest challenges in finding the perfect speaker for each event. Most of all he enjoys building strong, long lasting relationships with his clients. Blake’s previous experience also includes a very successful run in the restaurant industry as a General Manager for several concepts.

Blake lives in San Francisco and enjoys all the city has to offer. On his time off you can find him at Golden Gate Park or at one the great restaurants in the city. He is active in his local community supporting numerous non-profit groups. If you are coming to San Francisco, give him a call, he’ll be happy to give you advice on what to do and where to eat. In addition to eating he enjoys riding his motorcycle with his pet weiner dog Mazzy in tow.

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Kathleen Mozena, CMP - Agent
Kathleen Mozena has been in the meetings business for nearly 20 years. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Communications, the perfect major for her future career. She enjoys working with speakers because it enables her to get to know the best and the brightest in a variety of fields, and because it helps her stay current on all of the latest business trends and topics that are important. She likes to be “in the know!” Kathleen’s favorite types of speakers are those with good humor and energy, who genuinely want to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Kathleen leads an incredibly active life. She enjoys the outdoors and most types of athletic endeavors, including hiking, golf, volleyball, and running. Kathleen also enjoys good food and dining with friends, travel, the arts, music, theater, and dance. Her preferred travels include everything from a weekend getaway to the local wine country or to Lake Tahoe, to more extensive trips to Europe, particularly to her roots in Ireland and Italy, and to France, where she was an exchange student. Kathleen is one of 8 children and is active in a wide variety of associations and organizations (including Toastmasters and MPI – she is both a CTM and a CMP) so Kathleen does not lack for family and friends to join her!

Katie Sorenson - Agent
Katie ensures outstanding results by truly listening to customer needs and matching them to her clients' talents. Her ability to establish rapport and credibility among diverse groups is a particular strength. She is happiest when being able to combine her biggest passions; learning about new ideas from the brightest in the field and interacting with all types of people.

Katie's previous experience in marketing and all forms of social media lends itself well to her role at Keynote Speakers, Inc. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology at Washington State University. She moved to San Francisco in 2014 and is enjoying the easy coastal weather, ocean views, and the active lifestyle the city provides. She enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and exploring the Bay Area.

Sue Rouquette - Director, Event Services
Sue Rouquette never thought that she would find a job that draws from her experiences managing organizations in the high tech field, at the same time offering a fun and exciting opportunity to work with clients and speakers in meeting their event expectations. Having spent most of her career in operations management roles, Sue is very comfortable and happy helping meet the unique and special requirements that every event offers. Sue enjoys a challenge and works well in an environment that thrives on "good" stress.

Sue has held senior level management roles related to logistics, training, purchasing and planning. In these roles, she has had an opportunity to attend many types of events and she has heard many keynote speakers. She understands how important the details are in making an event successful.

Sue is married and the mother of one son and two dogs. She and her husband enjoy cooking, gardening, traveling and baking birthday favorites for all of her Keynote Speakers’ co-workers.

Lauren Whittle, CMP - Speaker Administrator
Lauren Whittle is an accomplished event manager and hotel sales executive. She is one of the first event planners in the country to receive the Certified Meeting Professional degree, (CMP). Ms. Whittle has managed International programs in London, Rome, Venice, Taipei, Dublin, Geneva, Berlin, Cairo, Canada, Jamaica as well as many domestic programs in several US cities. She brings to Keynote Speakers experience from the George P. Johnson Company, International Data Group, IDG Executive Forums, experient -a Maritz Travel Company, (formerly Conferon), Meetings & Conventions Magazine, (Northstar Travel Media, formerly Reed Travel Group), and the Direct Marketing Association.

Lauren Whittle is also a hotel sales and marketing executive with experience from Carlson Hotels, Hilton, Sheraton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels and the Walt Disney World Company. She has served as Director of Sales for the Ithaca, New York Convention and Visitors Bureau as well.

A graduate of Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, she attended Cornell University as well.

Lauren Whittle enjoys antiques, travel and exploring the Bay area. She is an animal advocate and lives with her feline rescue in Northern California.

Cameron Smith - Vice President
Cameron's experience in the high tech arena enables him to guide Keynote's operational development and overall strategy with an eye to the future. His career includes time with companies at the forefront of technological change, so he's well aware of the high expectations and constantly changing needs of our clients and speakers. Cameron also has experience in the health care and insurance fields, project management, product management, and quality assurance.

Cameron's favorite types of speakers include, naturally, the high tech futurists and innovation experts. He also helps keep some of our non-sports-fan employees up to date on current sports speakers.

Cameron recently received his first two US patents, both for arcane computer networking processes. In his spare time he continues to expand his knowledge of current technological trends, plays with new high-tech gizmos, and spends as much time as possible with his family. He has recently traveled to such far-flung places as Bali, Singapore, Bogota, Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, London, Buenos Aires, and Riga - unfortunately not all for vacation.

Lisa Schilling - Contracts Administrator

Lisa Schilling joined Keynote in 2012 as a Contracts Administrator, after spending the last decade raising two children and working as a bookkeeper for multiple cargo companies. She is a 1996 graduate of San Francisco State University with a BA in Russian. Prior to college, Lisa spent a year as a student in Belgrade, Serbia. Thanks to Lisa, the "Number of Eastern European languages spoken by a Keynote staff member" metric has increased from one to three.

In her free time, Lisa is active in a women's soccer league, as well as coaching of one of her own children's soccer teams. Lisa is also a live music enthusiast and enjoys a very wide variety of musical styles. She also enjoys traveling, particularly in Eastern Europe. After extensive training, Lisa recently completed the San Francisco Nike Women's marathon.

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