Founder + President | Eaton Workshop
Born in Hong Kong, Katherine has a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Sociocultural Anthropology from Yale University, and subsequently earned her Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
Katherine joined her family business in 2011 and is a hospitality industry professional . She joined the hotel division of Great Eagle Group in 2011 and acted as Executive Director of Langham Hospitality Group Limited. She has also acted as Non-executive Director of Langham Hospitality Investments Limited since 2013.
Under her creative and design direction, the iconic IBM building housing The Langham Chicago opened in 2013 and has consistently been voted No. 1 Hotel in Chicago by Travel + Leisure and No. 1 Travelers’ Choice Luxury Hotel in the United States by Tripadvisor.
In 2014, she was appointed President of Eaton. As President, she has a vision for the global rebranding of a new generation of Eaton. She leads the global Eaton team to execute the new Eaton vision in concept, design, programming, branding, development, project openings, marketing, public relations, and strategic partnerships. With Eaton, she aims to create a new brand in the hospitality space inspired by the power of content creation, holistic wellness, the progressive and entrepreneurial spirit, and social and environmental good.
She sat on the Board of Neuehouse in 2015, helped Sundance to launch a groundbreaking initiative to support new forms of nonfiction filmmaking in 2015, was a judge for Sundance London Film Festival from 2012-2014, was a judge for the 11th Annual Hospitality Design Awards in 2013, supported BAFTA LA’s Inner City Shakespeare Program, and chaired Yale in Hollywood’s Hong Kong chapter.
Throughout the early 2000s, she was an active organizer in the movements for global social and environmental justice. She was a Student Delegate for Greenpeace at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in The Hague and Bonn, led the Yale chapter of Green Corps, helped to launch the Yale Sustainability Initiative, was a visible anti-war spokesperson during the War on Iraq, organized the Autonomous Festival for Humanity and Against the Free Trade Area of the Americas, and was a key organizer of the WTO Protests in Hong Kong in 2005.
In addition to her coursework at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Evergreen State College, and the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory, she was an Arts & Culture correspondent for Shift Magazine, directed numerous short films and music videos, and is now in postproduction on a feature documentary she shot for 4 years about the relationship between iconic modernist architect Mies van der Rohe and his grandson.
She is a member of the groups Summit and Nexus. She lives and works between New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.