Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Ridgefield?
I was born here in Ridgefield! I went to college in Baltimore and lived in Manhattan before I had kids, then moved back about ten years ago when I was pregnant with my oldest.
How many children do you have? What are their names and ages?
Kelly is nine, Nora is six and Ryan is three.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
When I lived in Manhattan, I worked for GQ Magazine producing photo shoots with celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise, Clive Owen, Brad Pitt and Dwyane Wade; I also did some freelance writing for Self, Westchester Magazine and Condé Nast Traveler. Through my work as Director of Communications with the T.J. Martell Foundation, I’ve been honored to meet some of the businesswomen I look up to the most, like Trisha Yearwood and Rachael Ray.
Tell us about your work?
I’m a social media coach and consultant specializing in supporting women-owned businesses through Kate Fitzpatrick Consulting. I most enjoy working with health and wellness practitioners since that’s always been a huge priority and interest of mine especially since becoming a mom, and also work in select other industries like real estate and retail.
Who can benefit from the work you do and/or what do you hope your clients gain from their time with you?
My goal is always to demystify social media for my clients, either through private coaching sessions where they can get answers to their questions and strategize on how to be most efficient on social media, or by delegating their profile management to me so that they can focus on the aspects of their business that they truly love. Anyone who understands the value of social media for growing your brand awareness and building relationships in our community, particularly if they have a service-based business, but just isn’t sure how to do that would benefit from working with me. Most people I know, especially moms, are trying to find more time in our day, and the most rewarding thing a client can tell me is that I’ve freed up time that she wasn’t using effectively before. The freedom that comes from delegating can be priceless!
What’s been the best piece of advice you’ve received from another mother?
The sooner you learn to ask for and accept help, the better! We’re all in this together and we rise by lifting others.
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
I’m particularly passionate about supporting my fellow working moms because when I started my business after my first child was born, I didn’t have many role models for self-employed working moms. And it turned out that those were the women who supported me, my business and my family the most! Being a mom is incredibly rewarding but can also be so hard and isolating sometimes. I love that Ridgefield Moms curates really helpful, insightful content, brings us together and supports local moms in so many ways. Especially at such a strange time like a pandemic, we need this community more than ever.