Cate spent 15 years as a line-producer and production manager in the film and television industries for her work guiding organizations through systems thinking, organizational development, and long term planning. She left the film industry to pursue academic studies and a second career in the growing field of spiritual formation and development.  Her research examines the beneficial and empowering effects of contemplative practices in the spiritual formation of girls and young women. Her master’s thesis focused on the use of contemplative practices in working with victims/survivors of trauma.  She has an M.A. Religion and is working on her Ph.D. with a focus on spiritual formation, both from Claremont School of Theology.