Katie Rock, Co-founder and CEO
I grew up in Arizona with three crazy brothers, and spent my childhood riding my 10-speed, creating highly unnecessary competitions, believing I'd be the next Mary Lou Rhetton, and (after accepting an Olympic dream was not in the cards) playing tennis at Gonzaga.
After studying international relations and Spanish in college, graduating from law school at the University of Michigan, and later practicing at a law firm in DC, I went to work with the WHO in Nicaragua researching gender equality in sport. I've always known that my background in sports has helped me achieve in other areas of my life. I’m excited to work towards a world where girls all over are playing, running, high-fiving, and believing they can achieve.
Leigh Orne, Co-founder and COO
When I think back on my connection to sports it all comes back to family. My grandfather was a prolific marathon runner, my mom a dancer and my dad an all-around amazing athlete. Being active is in my blood. Sports brought me to Gonzaga where I played tennis and studied international affairs which opened my eyes to the world around me. After working in international development, I got my MBA with the goal of learning to bring about social change through business.
I want more girls to have the same opportunities and role models I had growing up. Now more than ever I am convinced that changing the way we think about business can change the world, and through Activyst I believe that sports can be that spark.
Blair Warner, Co-founder and Strategy Adviser
Raised in San Diego, I was blessed with a family that pushed me to try new things. I played softball, my dad coached my soccer team, I earned a black belt in karate with my mom. So maybe it's no surprise that when I was asked to join UCLA crew because I was tall, I said, "Why not?”
This same attitude led me to study Economics and Communication Studies and then attend Yale Law School (Connecticut? Why not!). I later joined a management consulting firm, loving the team element that pushed me to grow. When Katie shared the idea of Activyst with me on a trip to Nicaragua, I was hooked. It combines my business training with helping girls access the types of opportunities I’ve been so fortunate to have.
Thanks to our other Activyst team members and contributors who have helped make this happen:
Advisers: Jason Gerros (Production & Logistics), Becky Bodony (Legal), Tristan Tyler (Legal), Claire McGowen (Retail), Joe Zavaglia (Financial Strategy & Production)