I’m Kate Gardiner, and I’m an audience engagement specialist.

I’m the founder of DSTL, a boutique audience engagement firm. My clients range in size from start-ups to global organizations. They seek me out because I have ideas that work, and I help them build campaigns and communities that are bigger and better than anything they’ve seen before.

I’m also a strong advocate of equality, feminism and women’s rights. From 2014-2017, I served as the executive director of TheLi.st, a network of women in tech, media, and business. I’m a popular speaker at a variety of conferences at the intersection of women, journalism and technology.

My work has attracted a good deal of attention. I was named to Forbes’ #30under30 List in 2016, and the Radio, Television and Digital News Association made me a #NextJ Fellow for 2015-2016. The National Committee for U.S.-China Relations recognized me as a Young Leader in 2015,.

Past clients include CBSi, ZDNet, Poynter, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Socialflow, The Waitt Institute, The Fiscal Times, Contently, Symbolia Magazine, Infoactive, and many others listed here.

You can find a selection of my talks and media appearances below:


Audience Engagement

Connect with the people who matter in ways that count.

Digital Strategy

Make better stuff in less time for bigger rewards.


Bring your brand to life, in real life.

Public Relations

Get your story right, then get it out.



Clips & Completed Works