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Kate Holgate, 2020 Women of the Year

Creative Director & Vice President

Stoltz Marketing Group

 

Kate Holgate, 2020 Women of the Year honoree.

Whether she’s in the boardroom, in the classroom or on the sidelines of an elementary school basketball court, Kate Holgate puts passion and perseverance into all that she does.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in graphic design at the University of Idaho in 2001, Holgate started her journey with Stoltz Marketing Group as a graphic designer. As she honed her skills and branched out into multidisciplinary projects, she was promoted through the ranks.

Holgate is now the creative director and vice president of Stoltz Marketing Group and continues to show her leadership skills in and out of the office. She prides herself on continuing the legacy of the company’s founder, Ken Stoltz, by creating a warm company culture that is considerate and inclusive of her employees’ personal lives.

“We definitely invest in making sure people are happy and healthy,” Holgate said.

Through her years at Stoltz, Holgate and her team have been honored with many awards, including a Gold Regional ADDY award with the American Advertising Federation in 2009, a Typography Annual award with Communication Arts in 2012 and a bronze Telly Award in 2018. Holgate has also had her hand in helping the Stoltz team claim multiple awards with The Rockies through the Boise Advertising Federation.

In addition to her professional achievements, Holgate has volunteered her time and skills to multiple nonprofit and civic organizations, such as the Brian Ellis Memorial Foundation, the Ben Towne Foundation and the Boise Public Library Foundation.

Holgate is also responsible for starting the first nonprofit, pro bono program at Stoltz called “100 Hours,” in which the Stoltz team unanimously chooses a deserving organization to receive 100 hours of marketing support.

“When you have a gift to share, I think it’s really important to use it toward causes that really help others,” Holgate said. “My mom was a huge volunteer, and I want to pass that (mentality) onto my children.”

Holgate has volunteered much of her time to coaching her children’s basketball teams at Roosevelt Elementary School and the local YMCA.

Recently, Holgate expanded her teaching and mentorship scope to include Boise State students as an adjunct professor for a marketing course.

Click on the cover to view the digital edition of the 2020 Women of the Year publication.

Holgate accredits much of her influence and inspiration to her parents: her father for his determination and her mother for demonstrating compassion. Before Holgate’s mother lost her battle to cancer, she inspired Holgate to prioritize empathy and kindness. This has become apparent in Holgate’s professional career, volunteer work and in her motherhood.

“In addition to all of her accomplishments listed above, she is most proud of her role as a mom to her two amazing children, Grace and James,” wrote Tracy Hitchcock, director of business development at Stoltz, in a letter of recommendation.

Through it all, Holgate focuses on maintaining a positive work-life balance with the unwavering support of her husband and her family.

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