You have a dream: to influence your world. I have a dream: to help you succeed. As founder of The Narrative Co., I work with executives, organizations, corporations, and brands around the world to strategize, create, and deliver powerful narratives that drive business results and spark bold change for good.

    • Communications Strategy
    • Business Narratives
    • Messaging & Positioning
    • Speechwriting & TED-like Talks
    • PR & Marketing Campaigns
    • Branding & Content Creation
    • Copywriting & Collaterals
    • Communications Workshops

One of the underestimated tasks in nonfiction writing is to impose narrative shape on an unwieldy mass of material.

William Zinsser, On Writing Well

The world is full of noise.

And in the Digital Age,
all the world’s a stage.
It’s a communication-first world now.

And what you say is
how you lead.

More than ever, it’s the Narrative that matters.
As an executive, you want to drive your mission,
influence your field, and bring down the house.

But finding your true voice isn’t easy. And even
harder is finding the soul of your brand.

What’s your story?

And what do you want it to be? Start with story,
always—story is the core.

But it’s the Narrative
that sings…

So let’s go on that journey.
Dive into the weeds.
And discover your true narrative and brand magic.

So you can step up.
Own it. And shine.

It’s a new day.
The stage is everywhere.
And the world is ready.

Are you?

Find it. Own it. Share it.

Persuade. Inspire. Win.


I am an Executive Communications Strategist, Brand Storyteller, Speechwriter, Content Creator, and Educator, with more than 20 years of experience finding, crafting, and sharing narratives, and helping others do the same. My background is in Journalism, Politics, Public Relations, Organizational and Brand Storytelling, and Narrative. I’ve combined my experience in these roles to pioneer a journalism-first approach to help clients drive their business missions by finding the soul of their narratives and sharing them with the world.

Catharine Gately, Founder



Seattle, Washington

As Founder of The Narrative Co., a Seattle-based communications company, I work with executives to persuade, inspire, and move internal and external audiences through the power of narrative. Whether I’m providing strategic and creative counsel on corporate storytelling, writing speeches and presentations, strategizing brand story, leading messaging/positioning sessions, crafting video scripts, copywriting marketing materials, creating website content, or leading workshops to teach leaders and teams how to communicate ideas, creating and sharing powerful narratives that inspire is at the heart of what I do.


  • Founder, The Narrative Co.
  • Core Faculty, University of Washington Communication Leadership Graduate Program/The Strategic Art of Organization Storytelling
  • Founder, Cantadora Communications
  • Former Vice President, Ogilvy Public Relations, Chicago
  • Former Press Secretary & Assistant Press Secretary, U.S. House & Senate


  • American Marketing Association, Brand Storytelling Workshop
  • Member, Professional Speechwriters Association
  • Education

  • Northwestern University/Medill, Master of Science in Journalism
  • Yale University, B.A., American Studies/ Literature
  • University of Washington, Nonfiction Writing Certificate

Client Experience

Over the years, I have worked with a variety of executives, corporations, organizations, and brands:


  • Microsoft
  • Starbucks
  • Amazon
  • Expedia
  • Facebook
  • Adobe
  • Google
  • General Motors
  • NFL
  • Unilever


  • The Anita Borg Institute
  • The Human Rights Foundation
  • GREATER Foundation
  • Methow Conservancy
  • Washington Nonprofits
  • Girl Scouts
  • Tujenge Africa Foundation
  • Pilgrim Africa
  • Women’s Funding Alliance
  • Seattle Storm Foundation


  • TEDx
  • The Grace Hopper Celebration/Anita Borg Institute
  • Women Think Next
  • Oslo Freedom Forum
  • CRAVE/Urban Campfire
  • Communication Leadership

  • University of Washington Communication Leadership Graduate Program, Core Faculty

The Mic Drop

This mic is going places! Follow the adventure on Instagram.

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