Katharine’s thirty year career started in 1984 in New York City where she was a receptionist for an advertising agency. In 1986 she started her event planning career and went on to become an event planner and concierge for Fortune 500 executives. She started her first company in 1995.
In 1998, a handful of pioneers discovered the world of the independent concierge and Katharine was one of them. If you looked around the U.S. back then, you might have found two dozen concierge services, but certainly no more than that. Sensing a need, Katharine propelled her meeting planning business into something more cutting edge: a company that offered concierge services to an eclectic range of industries that had yet to discover the world of the concierge.
In 2000, she founded the International Concierge and Lifestyle Management Association, one of the first associations for the concierge industry. Katharine retired from the association in 2015. She went on to create ICLMNet – The International Concierge & Lifestyle Management Network.
Today, Katharine uses her hard won wisdom and conducts workshops around the world to companies, groups and individuals on a variety of topics including front line staff training and motivational topics.
Katharine has both been interviewed by and appeared on dozens of newspapers, magazines, radio and television shows from around the country including ABC News Nightline, CBS News, Good Morning America, MTV, Time Magazine, Money Magazine, Forbes, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to name a few.
Katharine also assisted the U.S. Department of Labor in creating a brand new “concierge” category for their Occupational Information Network. She also worked with one of the top ten tech companies in the world to train their front line staff.
Today Katharine Giovanni conducts front desk, concierge and customer service training programs to groups, individuals and corporations from around the world.
She’s a 3 time award winning author with four books loading her resume’ including her inspirational book “Rainbows and Banana Peels, her two-time award-winning book “Going Above and Beyond”, and her acclaimed book “The Concierge Manual”.
A proud breast cancer survivor, Katharine was raised in New York City, earned a B.A. from Lake Forest College, and currently lives in North Carolina.