Kathleen Herding

Workshops Manager

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Originally from St. Paul, Kathleen graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a B.A. in Communication and International Studies and received an M.A. in English as a Second Language from Hamline University. After serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the St. Paul Public Schools Foundation, where she created the Reading Buddies mentor program, she knew she had found her place working with youth. Prior to working at Project Success, she served as a Tutor and Technology Resource Associate at People Serving People, where she wrote and delivered curriculum to help the academic success of many students in highly mobile situations. Travel and learning about other cultures is a huge part of Kathleen’s life; she has visited 28 countries and has lived in the Czech Republic, Italy, and New Zealand. Her passion for empowering and encouraging youth to discover who they are and who they want to be brought her to Project Success in 2014.

Favorite musicians:

Bon Iver and The Beatles

If you had to pick a theme song that would play every time you entered the room, what would it be?

Work With What You Got by Socalled

Favorite books:

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Gone Girl, Breakfast of Champions

Favorite movies:


Favorite food:

Tacos and Avocados

 Favorite quote:

“The point is to live adventurously and tell good stories.”  -Chris Guillebeau

Favorite subject in school:

Social Studies

Favorite theater experience:

I loved watching my friends and siblings perform in high school shows—it was so much fun watching them transform into different people!

Your ultimate vacation destination:

Iceland or Croatia

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?


The most influential person in your life/favorite teacher or mentor:

Joe Earley, mentor in college program EVOKE (Encouraging Vocation through Knowledge and Education)

What you wanted to be when you grew up:

A journalist or an event planner