Kate Wendleton is a nationally recognized authority on career development. She founded The Five O’Clock Club in 1978 and developed its methodology to help job hunters, career changers and employees of all levels, making The Five O’Clock Club the only organization to conduct ongoing research on behalf of employees and job hunters.
Kate was a nationally syndicated columnist for eight years and a speaker on career development, having appeared on the Today Show, CNN, CNBC, Larry King, National Public Radio and CBS, and in The Economist, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune magazine, Business Week and other national media.
For the past two years, Kate has spent every Saturday with young adults who have aged out of foster care, trying to give them the opportunity to make the most of their lives. This organization, Remington Achievers, is a not-for-profit arm of The Five O’Clock Club.
Kate also founded Workforce America, a not-for-profit Affiliate of The Five O’Clock Club, that served adults in Harlem who were not yet in the professional or managerial ranks. For ten years, Workforce America helped each person move into better-paying, higher-level positions as each improved in educational level and work experience.
Kate founded, and directed for seven years, The Career Center at The New School for Social Research in New York. She also advises major corporations about employee career-development programs.
A former CFO of two small companies, she has twenty years of business-management experience in both manufacturing and service businesses.
Kate attended Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and received her MBA from Drexel University. She is a popular speaker with groups that include associations, corporations, and colleges.
While living in Philadelphia, Kate did long-term volunteer work for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walnut Street Theatre Art Gallery, United Way, and the YMCA. Kate currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, has three step-children and one adopted son.
Kate is the author of The Five O’Clock Club’s five-part career-development and job-hunting series for professionals, managers and executives. Her books include:
1. Targeting a Great Career
2. Shortcut Your Job Search: The Best Ways to Get Meetings
3. Packaging Yourself: The Targeted Resume
4. Mastering the Job Interview and Winning the Money Game
5. Navigating Your Career
a well as
Launching the Right Career
Your Great Business Idea: The Truth About Making It Happen
The Five O’Clock Club’s boxed set of sixteen lectures on audio CD’s.
The original Five O’Clock Club was formed in Philadelphia in 1883.
It was made up of the leaders of the day, who shared their
experiences “in a spirit of fellowship and good humor.”