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2018-19 Clutch Woman of the Year

Cathleen Richardson has been a pioneer educational technology specialist for over 20 years. She has worn many hats from being a classroom educator to currently spearheading a national education initiative at Apple, Inc. She understands the current educational landscape and has her finger on the pulse of the future of education. Informing and conversing daily with policy-makers, superintendents, presidents, non-profit organizations, and the public-at-large, Cathleen strives to achieve best practice technology infusion into teaching and learning with high energy.

Whether she is addressing a gymnasium full of educators or sitting in an executive briefing session with a superintendent, Cathleen's message is the same. Technology can help transform education and make learning personal for all. Today, Cathleen is at the forefront of mobile device technology and digital content integration that promotes personalized learning and impacts learning in and outside of the classroom. Her expertise in the fields of Standards & Assessment, Curriculum & Instruction, Personalized Learning, and 1:1 mobile device integration have made her a highly sought after keynote speaker. Cathleen has spoken at over 1,000 local, regional, and national conferences. She is deeply committed to helping learners of all ages understand the transformational power technology plays as a vehicle and platform for their success in school and beyond.

Her outspoken and passionate advocacy for innovative education, her intimate knowledge of teaching and learning, down-to-earth style, and powerful message of transformation in the education space has gained her national recognition. Cathleen is a former Board of Trustee for the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools and served on the Advisory Board for Tech&Learning. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media from Clark Atlanta University, where she has been a guest lecturer. She has also earned a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology from Troy State University.

When she is at home in Atlanta, Georgia she enjoys her personal affiliations. Cathleen is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Nu Lambda Omega Chapter, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. - MECCA Chapter, the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and is the Troop Leader for Girl Scout Troop 18947. She is very active in her local community and was recently recognized as Fulton County School District’s Volunteer of the Year. Cathleen and her husband Ty are the proud parents of three children and she enjoys traveling, fashion, decorating, arts and crafts, and entertaining.