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Kate Mitchell

It was WWII that gave women an opportunity to work and learn in the industry; those women paved the way in the industry, and are still plowing and paving to establish our place in industry.

Kate Mitchell served her apprenticeship under Ruby Kent, the first woman to get her journeyman's card in the Upholstery Union in Washington State in 1943, and also her mother.

"My mother always said, 'You can do anything you set your mind to--You just have to outlast the bastards trying to stop you.'" Kate told us when asked what drove her forward.

Between her military career and apprenticeship, Kate knew she had the skills and grit to start a business in Alaska. She chose Alaska because her husband was stationed here with the Coast Guard, and Alaska was well-known for its unique opportunities, niches not filled by anyone down south, and diversity.

Her goal has always been to make high-quality, usable products in Alaska, to build a business and community while employing Alaskans, and to bring new markets to new places.

My Speakers Sessions

Monday, November 8

1:00pm AKST