A dynamic small business development consultant and marketing advisor, Kathryn Hamm is an Education Expert and Diversity & Inclusion Specialist for WeddingWire and The Knot. She is also co-author of The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography.
In 2004, Kathryn joined her straight mom in the family business, GayWeddings – the pioneering online wedding planning resource for same-sex couples since 1999, and, under leadership, GayWeddings announced its acquisition by WeddingWire, the nation’s leading technology company serving the $100+ billion wedding, corporate, and social events industry, on June 9, 2015. Two weeks later, she and her mother, GayWeddings founder, Gretchen Hamm, celebrated news of full marriage equality on the steps of the Supreme Court on June 26, 2015.
A natural educator, Kathryn Hamm writes, speaks and consults with wedding professionals about same-sex wedding trends, best practices when serving today’s couples, and how to think ‘outside the box’ when considering the modern market. From 2005-2015, she managed day-to-day operations and the strategic vision for GayWeddings, and she’s been interviewed by sources such as MSNBC, the Associated Press, the New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC News, CNN, NPR’s Tell More, The Diane Rehm Show, the Chicago Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, and the Los Angeles Times, and The Huffington Post.
Kathryn has a Masters in Social Work from the Catholic University of America and an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Princeton University. Prior to becoming the Publisher of GayWeddings and an Education Expert for WeddingWire, Kathryn spent 10 years as an educator and school administrator in the Washington, D.C. area. She also worked for Discovery Communications and the WUSA’s Washington Freedom and is a current member of the Board of Trustees for The Lab School of Washington.
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