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about the founder

Catherine Cote, Founder of Project Empathy

Catherine Cote, founder of Project Empathy, is a Boston-based creative, marketer, and entrepreneur with a passion for human connection. 


Catherine graduated from College of the Holy Cross in 2018 with a psychology major, education and Mandarin Chinese minors, a certificate from the Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics, & Society, and a habit for theatre. Her interests and studies all boil down to a passion for understanding people and the way we communicate.


In February 2017, while studying abroad in Melbourne, Australia, Catherine created Project Empathy as an experimental answer to the social division and lack of deep conversation she was experiencing. 

After directing the first cast of six people at the University of Melbourne, she brought the Project back home to the US for its American premier at Holy Cross. Members of each cast went on to direct the Project themselves at both Holy Cross and the University of Melbourne.

Photo by Sam D. Cote

To expand the Project’s reach and impact, Catherine developed the Performance Package and founded Project Empathy, LLC in October 2020.


In addition to running Project Empathy, Catherine works at Harvard Business School Online as a member of the organic marketing team. You can read her work on the Business Insights blog. When she’s not at her desk, you’ll likely find her hiking with her family and dog, picnicking with friends or a good book, or singing in her Subaru.


Follow Catherine on LinkedIn for updates and the occasional haiku, and don't hesitate to reach out.

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