As an earth, space, and climate educator, Dr. Kathryn Williamson’s clients include institutions and NASA

Jul 17, 2023

by Kathryn Williamson, PhD

Introduce yourself and describe your work

My name is Kathryn Williamson, and I describe myself as an earth, space, and climate educator. My consulting business allows me to work with NASA, universities, K-12 schools, and nonprofits, so I enjoy “reaching for the stars” while staying grounded.

What do you consider to be your most important career achievement or discovery?

I was named a “Wonder Woman” by a local magazine a few years ago. It helped me feel seen in my work and proud of myself.

During times of imposter syndrome or feelings of discouragement, what or who helped you persevere?

Talking about it and asking for help. Help can come in a variety of forms, such as from friends and family, career mentors or coaches, therapists or counselors, and even from books, nature, and art.

How does your work impact people and the world around us?

My work empowers scientists, community activists, teachers, and students to cultivate identities as Earthlings and see themselves as change agents for the planet.

What is a unique fact about your career/industry?

By being self-employed, I can make decisions about my workload and schedule so I can pay attention to my own energy levels and keep healthy, sustainable work habits.

What advice do you have for other women or nonbinary individuals considering this field?

If you feel like you have a lot of ideas but no time to implement them in your current work, it might be worth considering going out on your own as an independent consultant. You likely have a lot more unique gifts than you realize.