Kate Glantz is the Head of Social Impact at Luma Legacy—Luma's newest segment formed in 2020 that focuses on developing innovative solutions to underlying causes of society’s bigger problems—chief amongst them, growing cultural divisions.
We chatted with Kate to learn all about how she landed in the business of doing good and what she plans to achieve with Luma Legacy.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a do gooder with an entrepreneurial spirit! From a young age, I’ve been driven by an unrelenting curiosity about the world and a deep desire to connect with my surroundings. These qualities have guided my approach to life and keep me in a perpetual state of learning and movement.
Whether serving in the Peace Corps in Tanzania and Senegal, founding a tech startup, or diving into a new industry at Luma, I love a grand challenge and the opportunity to collaborate with passionate people. As a result, my journey has been anything but linear and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
What inspired you to get into this field?
My purpose in life has been clear since I can remember—to leave a legacy of a kinder, safer and healthier world. Over the last decade I’ve worked in different fields and positions, but always at the intersection of social impact and storytelling. I believe having a career that hasn’t fit neatly into a single profession reinforces that there isn’t one way to do things when your mission is clear. By bringing a whole of self approach to messy problems wherever you are, there is more freedom to think and create holistically and less pressure to climb the proverbial ladder.
How would friends and acquaintances describe you?
Mischievous, warm, ambitious, passionate, and spunky!
What do you hope to achieve in the next 5 years with Luma Legacy?
My hope is that Luma Legacy becomes a bold and imaginative innovation hub for incubating the people and ideas that will upend the status quo. In five years, I dream of a library of Luma content, products, and research that inspires and equips leaders and everyday citizens alike to play a critical part in creating a more equitable, joyful, and just future.
What are 5 fun facts we should know about you?
- I’m an avid bowler with my own ball and shoes
- I haven’t owned a car in 15 years (that will change soon!)
- I love toga parties and have hosted them on 3 continents
- I keep a running Google Doc of zany business ideas
- My first and only time white water rafting was on the Nile River in Uganda