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Kate Emery

kate-emery.jpgKate Emery is founder and CEO of The Walker Group, a technology services firm she started over 20 years ago and now one of the largest of its kind in New England.  In 2007 Emery restructured Walker to a Social Enterprise, changing its mission from maximizing shareholder profits to maximizing social contribution.  Among other restrictions and commitments, any profits distributed by Walker must be split equally between employees, the community, and shareholders.

Emery is also the founder of reSET, the Social Enterprise Trust whose mission is to promote, preserve, and protect social enterprise.  She is passionate about this new model of doing business, believing it to be not only more satisfying, but more sustainable in the long run. reSET is actively working to make Connecticut a hub of social enterprise, through legislative efforts and the creation of a social enterprise incubator which provides space and resources to social entrepreneurs.  She has also started an investment fund to provide seed capital to new and expanding social enterprise.

Emery is a graduate of UConn’s business school where she graduated magna cum laude, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she earned a master’s degree in management information systems.

Emery serves on the Board of reSET, Qualidigm, the Connecticut Technology Council, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford.