Meet The Keynote Team

Katrina Kaposts Smith - Agent and President
Katrina Smith wishes everyone enjoyed their jobs as much as she loves hers. What could be better than getting to know hundreds of great speakers, each at the peak of their profession, in fields from nanotechnology to mountain climbing? Meeting business luminaries, real life heroes, famous book authors, and world leaders is a dream job.

Katrina worked as a booking agent at Keynote for several years before becoming the owner, speaker manager, HR director, legal department, overly-picky copy editor, troubleshooting negotiator, and staff bartender. She regrets not being able to spend quite as much time working directly as an agent - it was much more fun than the paperwork she has to do now - but is thrilled at the way Keynote continues to expand.

Katrina was proud to serve as the President (2014-2015) of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus, and on the IASB Board of Governors, giving her an opportunity to observe trends and to influence the development of the industry she loves. Katrina is passionate about her ongoing work with IASB’s strategic planning initiative, which focuses on assessing the current state of speaking industry, and on shaping bureau and agency roles in this market.

Katrina graduated from Yale University in 1994, where she studied music and languages. She loves all kinds of music from opera to blues to electronica, speaks a variety of sometimes-obscure foreign languages, and rides a loud and very shiny Harley Sportster in her spare time. At the center of her life is Katrina's children: two hilarious teenage boys, and a small daughter who is absolutely fearless (wonder where she gets that?). Her family also has a beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog, who serves as Keynote’s official greeter and guard dog. Katrina and her kids currently live in Woodside, next door to a horse whose barn is nicer than their house.

Katie Sorenson - Agent
Katie ensures outstanding results by truly listening to customer needs and matching them to her clients' talents. Her ability to establish rapport and credibility among diverse groups is a particular strength. She is happiest when being able to combine her biggest passions; learning about new ideas from the brightest in the field and interacting with all types of people.

Katie's previous experience in marketing and all forms of social media lends itself well to her role at Keynote Speakers, Inc. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology at Washington State University. She moved to San Francisco in 2014 and is enjoying the easy coastal weather, ocean views, and the active lifestyle the city provides. She enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and exploring the Bay Area.

Lauren Whittle, CMP - Speaker Administrator
Lauren Whittle is an accomplished event manager and hotel sales executive. She is one of the first event planners in the country to receive the Certified Meeting Professional degree, (CMP). Ms. Whittle has managed International programs in London, Rome, Venice, Taipei, Dublin, Geneva, Berlin, Cairo, Canada, Jamaica as well as many domestic programs in several US cities. She brings to Keynote Speakers experience from the George P. Johnson Company, International Data Group, IDG Executive Forums, experient -a Maritz Travel Company, (formerly Conferon), Meetings & Conventions Magazine, (Northstar Travel Media, formerly Reed Travel Group), and the Direct Marketing Association.

Lauren Whittle is also a hotel sales and marketing executive with experience from Carlson Hotels, Hilton, Sheraton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels and the Walt Disney World Company. She has served as Director of Sales for the Ithaca, New York Convention and Visitors Bureau as well.

A graduate of Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, she attended Cornell University as well.

Lauren Whittle enjoys antiques, travel and exploring the Bay area. She is an animal advocate and lives with her feline rescue in Northern California.

Sandy Hoang - Event Administrator
Creative, resourceful, and charged with keeping things in order, Sandy has many years of operations experience from her time at a previous boutique financial firm. While there she started doing Brand Ambassador work on the side for fun, working with various companies and representing their brand at conferences and events. She found the energy and unpredictability of this line of work thrilling and it was the perfect segway into her role as Events Administrator here at Keynote Speakers, where she supports operations and event services.

Sandy is a member of a Bay Area Zen center, where she learns and continually practices meditation. Dancing is her escape as she attends U-Jam, a hip hop fitness class, several times a week. She enjoys trying different cuisines of all cultures as a self-proclaimed foodie, and relishes in the rewarding experience of volunteering and traveling.

"Our speaker's presentation was outstanding yesterday. Our Customer Service Managers were excited and empowered by her enthusiasm and insights. We really appreciate Keynote's support. Thanks."

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