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Meet Kate Spates

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Spates.

Kate is known as a Leader. Connector. Rainmaker. Problem Solver. Writer. Producer. Traveler. Music Enthusiast. Wine Enthusiast. Mother of Twins.

A successful entrepreneur in the digital marketing space for 20 years, Kate has led several teams of professionals to create award-winning marketing materials and have affected revolutionary change through process automation and marketing to businesses and organizations throughout the Coachella Valley and beyond.

A desert resident since 1980, she graduated from Palm Springs High School, College of the Desert & California State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus. She pursued a varied career which has included management at JW Marriott Desert Springs and in 1996, her entrepreneurial spirit led her to form WebSites 2000. In 2005, it was bestowed the honor of Small Business of the Year in the 64th District of California. Ten years later, in early 2006, she changed the name of her company to Image Marketing Concepts and added all marketing services in addition to digital marketing. In late 2011, in an effort to focus on her family, she sold her company to a friendly competitor and became an independent consultant, only taking projects and clients that she could truly make an impact with.

Kate is community-minded and has always taken a keen interest in the growth and development of the Coachella Valley. She enjoys supporting and taking leadership roles in the many local organizations. Kate serves on four non-profit boards including The Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Shay’s Warriors and Palm Springs Women in Film & Television. She co-founded and serves as Volunteer CEO for AMP – Academy of Musical Performance. She previously was a Board member with College of the Desert Foundation, Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, and Women Leaders Forum, to name a few. She volunteers as a talk radio show host for KCOD Coachella FM called Major Discovery where she explores the majors and certificate programs available at College of the Desert with faculty, students and business professional in the community. She also serves on seven Advisory Councils.

Visit her LinkedIn for the most updated content, honors and recommendations and Instagram @k8spates to follow her travels and community involvement.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, it hasn’t… my mother died at age 60 of complications from alcoholism. My twins were born prematurely and both have mild/moderate Cerebral Palsy (but are actually doing excellent). My marriage fell apart after 23 years and I learned through a DNA test that my father is not my biological father. I found my bio father and discovered I had two half sisters. Through it all, I have maintained relatively calm and steady. I roll with it and welcome the challenges. They only make me stronger.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As a collaborator, I have the freedom to work on a variety of projects. I have been hired to help companies through mergers; help non-profits use technology for productivity; executive produce films for non-profits using crowdsourcing funds; create eye-catching marketing and more! For more information,

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am pivoting toward film-making with my new appointment as Vice President with Palm Springs Women in Film and Television. I have the opportunity to co-produce and co-direct with seasoned professionals as well as help investors find quality film projects to invest in.

I have really re-arranged my life to spend more time with my twin 17 years old daughter and travel the world.

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