- Lead Faculty, Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media
Katie Hawkins-Gaar is the organizer of Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. She was previously Poynter’s digital innovation faculty member, and taught journalists how to make the most of social media, understand audience engagement, rethink workflows and foster creativity. Prior to Poynter, she was the editor of CNN iReport, the network’s global citizen journalism platform. Hawkins-Gaar is passionate about improving workplace culture, championing women and building online communities. She’s currently on sabbatical — dividing her time between writing about grief and other topics, traveling and perfecting a mean shuffleboard game.