An accomplished corporate executive, company advisor and thought leader, Katherine Ferguson is SVP of business development and strategy at Cooley, the leading law firm representing the most innovative, high growth companies in the world. Katherine is an innovator and trusted advisor to companies that span emerging markets and Fortune 500 sectors. She is known as the “go-to” person and connector, and she is incredibly passionate about working with entrepreneurs, driving growth and taking companies to the next level of greatness.

Most recently, Katherine was named to Bisnow’s list of “Power Women of DC Tech” which recognizes the top luminaries in Washington DC for their leadership and influence in the region. She has been an integral part of building the tech community and regularly speaks at DC meetups for entrepreneurs and executives. Katherine also serves on the boards of MindShare and MissionLink, two CXO forums that foster collaboration and innovation.

Prior to joining Cooley, Katherine was Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Culture Officer at Callis Communications, a cloud-based Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) provider in the Southeast U.S. Through Katherine’s leadership, the company was successfully acquired by C Spire, the largest privately owned telecom company in the country.

Katherine’s career began in the executive search industry where she served as Senior Associate at Korn/Ferry and CT Partners, building leadership teams for growth-stage technology companies.

Katherine loves blessing and investing in others. She shares her time and talents with a number of organizations that foster faith and education, and also serves as a judge on the JMU business plan competition where a scholarship is named in her honor. Katherine was awarded 2016 “Woman of the Year” by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for her significant contributions and fundraising to the organization.