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Katie McCleary
Paper Wings Creative
Bridge the Gap: Breakthrough Communication Tools to Transform Workplace Relationships from Challenging to Collaborative

Katie McCleary is the author of Bridge The Gap with Jennifer Edwards, forthcoming 2/22/22 from McGraw-Hill Professional. They help people show up and communicate better when feeling pressure in their relationships at work, home, and in community. They design and tailor Bridge the Gap experiences for clients, organizations, and boards to enhance their communication and collaboration skills. Learn more at

As a social-entrepreneur and storyteller, Katie leverages the lived experiences and cultural and social capital of community leaders, creatives, and everyday dreamers, to launch big ideas in unique ways that stick. She is the founder of 916 Ink, a nonprofit that has transformed over 4,000 vulnerable children and teens into confident and skilled authors whose authentic voices are featured in more than 200 publications. Additionally, she is the co-founder and host of "The Drive" podcast on NPR’s CapRadio, in partnership with The American Leadership Forum, which showcases the transformative stories of the Sacramento region’s most visible leaders. She was awarded the prestigious "Heart of a Hero” Award from Sacramento’s local PBS channel, and named by Mashable as one of 15 “Real Miss Americas” for her joy-inspired projects in low-income communities. She is an Amherst Writers and Artists’ facilitator, having taught over 10,000 people—from lawmakers, educators, and entrepreneurs to foster kids, juvenile-justice involved teens, and incarcerated men-- the power of story to fuel meaningful change. She co-owns River Rock Books, a publishing company dedicated to bringing innovative Sacramento voices to market. Her work has appeared in Hip Mama, Sacramento Magazine, The Tule Review, and the Sacramento News and Review. She serves on the school board of Visions in Education, as a Trustee for Sacramento Splash, a board member for Studio T Arts and Entertainment, and is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum. Learn more about her at or at

years experience: 22
General fiction, Biography, Business/investing/finance, Mind/body/spirit
Bill Gladstone
Waterside Productions