Grew up in Palo Alto, CA in 1973. Her mom was a SAHM and a dad who worked in Silicon Valley. Kate describes her mom as someone who had wonderlust and was always looking for adventure and frequently took Kate along for the ride. This helped give Kate a wonderful role model and gave her a sense that anything is possible. Her mom did not play by the rules and while she is not as adventurous her mom, but made her comfortable with taking the risks.