The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Katie Blomquist, Founder and Director of Going Places Non Profit, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.
Katie grew up in Los Angeles, California, studied sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and then began a five year career in marketing while living in Chicago, IL before realizing she felt a desire to go into a career aimed at making a difference in people’s lives. She then received her Masters in Elementary Education at Roosevelt University. At a time when the Chicago Public School system closed eighty schools, Katie decided to move to Charleston, SC where she has been teaching in Title-1 schools for six years. In 2016, Katie began a GoFundMe raising over $80,000 and bought all 650 students in her school a new bike, lock, and helmet. Because of the tremendous success of that campaign and her passion for the title 1 community, Katie made the difficult decision to leave teaching and further this work on a much larger scale but creating Going Places where she can impact hundreds of thousands of kids. Along with running Going Places full-time, Katie also has launched “Katie Blomquist, LLC” where she gives professional talks on how to stand out and how to run toward your fear while defining failure. She also hosts seminars and workshops on how to start a successful nonprofit from the ground up.