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First Name: Katie Middle Name: Laurent Name: Zombie Full Name: Katie Lauren Zombie Title: AgentAddress: 1850 W 134 Avenue Westminster, CO80234 County: Samsara Code: 303/720Company Name: KatieZombro Principal Address: 1850 W 134 Avenue Westminster, CO 80234 The Registered Agent on file for this company is Katie Lauren Zombie and is located at 1850 W 134 Avenue, Westminster, CO 80234.
Company Name: KATIEZOMBRO File Number: 20171702923 Filing State: Colorado (CO)Filing Status: Good StandingFiling Date: September 20, 2017Company Age: 3 Years, 4 MonthsRegistered Agent: Katie Lauren Zombie 1850 W 134 Avenue Westminster, CO 80234Principal Address: 1850 W 134 Avenue Westminster, CO80234Write Reviewer are no reviews yet for this company. Shea Oliver: Hi Katie, thank you so much for joining us today here on The Priority Paradigm.
We're going out and talking to people that have been in kind of normal mode of life, looked at their lives and said something's more important and than made a change and I understand that you've got a story to tell about doing that yourself. KatieZombro : Sure, so my very long story is that I went to school to be an electrical engineer, so I went through college and if you know anything about electrical engineering, there's not a lot of women and I happened to be a woman.
Shea Oliver: I have a son in electrical engineering. Not always because of my gender, but a lot of times I felt like I was being ostracized.
One of my favorite stories is that I used to sit in, it was a woman who taught the class, but there would be empty chairs all around me and all the guys would sit in all the chairs that weren't right next to me. And I ended up, I found myself in Bangalore, India managing a construction project I was working for, in parallel I was also in Singapore managing another construction projects.
KatieZombro : So like if you talk about like what people say in terms of success, I had made it very quickly and into corporate success, and then, you know, things kinda changed. Opportunities came, and I moved to Colorado a few months after closing my India project.
I started out again as an electrical engineer and construction and then kind of moved into a project management role, and the reason, the reason that we're talking is that I made a huge change last summer. So after managing a $20 million dollar construction project in another country in parallel, managing another construction project like I. Yeah, it's Hilarious.
And so with my day job call it, I wasn't, I wasn't finding that I was challenged enough, and it's not because I wasn't busy. And I felt like I was just going through the motions of getting up and going to work and maybe sometimes I would go to the gym and like, you know, I would eat lunch two days out of the week because I was just busy doing whatever.
First I read this book called You Are A Badass by Jen Sincere, which is actually where this quote came from, but she basically, she turned her life around and is now a New York Times bestselling author and just, you know, as a life coach, but teaches people to like, harness whatever it is inside them, even if it doesn't seem like you're going to make a lot of money from it and just make it happen and joy will flow. So I was looking for a local boulder life coach that had a similar philosophy to her, wasn't finding it.
And then, one day a coworker suggested that I do acupuncture, and I was, yeah, it was super random, but I was in this acupuncture session, and I swear to you, it was like I became Buddha or something like relaxed, like started coming to me. KatieZombro : I was like, oh my gosh, like I love working with kids and I care about girls in STEM and you know, like my situation where I was alone in school, like that shouldn't happen anymore.
There was like 20 needles in my back so who knows what it was about that, but like, everything came together right then and there, and then I don't know, I don't know the sequence of events, this was all last August, but like within days of that happening, I was still googling for this boulder life coach and I found this woman who is local and has this bad ass mentality that follows with this Jensen Cairo. I sent her a message, we had like a 30-minute call, and then it was like I've got to get the money to pay for this woman, like I need her in my life now.
Like I am an engineer, I know nothing about business and I filed for an LLC and I started this company. I started as Katie's Zombie LLC, but its Doyenne is the project, and it's all about empowering girls who would not otherwise see the connection between their interests in STEM and, and making that connection.
They ask questions like those are qualities of a good engineer and if they don't they're tied to math and science, they're not going to make that connection. And I have just, I've been abundant and opportunities and excitement and like things have just flowed ever since I started.
Educational programs, and you name it, I've been there, I've done presentations and workshops and all kinds of stuff. So I do a lot of volunteering, which obviously isn't making me any money.
Because what I think, what I know that they need is different from what they're saying that they want. So I was trying to find translation and a mom that I met asked me to coach her son and his friends in Destination Imagination, which is a STEM competition.
So for the last three, four months I have been coaching a group of fifth graders for the science competition, and it just concluded last Saturday. Like, you know, I'm not gonna lie and say that it was perfect.
Working with 10-year-olds is difficult, but I saw each and every single one of them grow like socially, emotionally and then in terms of like intelligence and their maturity, and I'm not going to give myself all the credit for that. But I mean like I, you know, I had that influence on these five, three, four months now, and it broke my spirit on some days.
I'm super excited and already the kids are like, can we start for next year? Because you've said parents kind of see one thing, but you have a vision of what you think you want to do.
So I'm kind of at a crossroads where, my dog just put his face on my desk. But for the future I think I want to lobby for education and I don't know if there's like a lucrative business behind that necessarily, but I could see myself moving up into lobbying because I'm going to flat out say it.
I'm from California and the education system in Colorado is subpar in comparison to California and I don't even think that necessarily my education was that great public education was that great, but I know for a fact it's better than what I could get here in Colorado. I started out thinking that I wanted to work directly with kids, but I think I have better skill capability and understanding of working with the adults that have the influence on education.
I'm really excited just hearing about your enthusiasm to go about everything that you're doing, you know, helping the kids, changing the system. Because as I listened to your talk, I hear a very open spirit.
Shea Oliver: Is that part of your personality or is that something that's been developing as you've done this? I am a planner and in the fourth grade I think fourth or fifth grade I got my first planner and like I would write my friends' birthdays and I, like, I had my friends birthdays memorized.
But anyway, the point being this is my planner from 2015, and I can't dare throw it away. So like, to answer your question, I'm very rigid, and I like to have no, I like to know what's coming next.
So, I've learned over time though, that I become very anxious if I try to stick too closely to my original picture. And so over the last couple of years, I've learned like, Hey, relax if you're late, if you're not on time, if you don't make it to everything, if you have to cancel plans, that's okay because I've become successful because of these ups and downs and not always knowing what I'm getting into.
So I think maybe it's a little of maturing, but also just from trial and error, I know better than the thing that I'm going to stick to my original plan anymore. Shea Oliver: You've figured this out at a young age because a lot of us bang our heads against the wall for decades.
So what would you, so where you're sitting today, if you could go back and talk to yourself as a freshman in college, knowing where you're going to end up today, what would you tell her? KatieZombro : You know, it's funny, the one thing that I would change.
I, first, I didn't live in the engineering dorms my freshman year. And so in terms of being the only female plus not living with engineers, that's super difficult, and I lived in my own bedroom, so I didn't have to share room ever.
So in terms of community, I kind of shot myself, not by my own intention. But, I kind of shot myself in the foot in terms of community, and I was so, like I'm not joining a sorority and, you know, I had this preconceived notion that I would be some sort of different person if I had joined a sorority.
I don't know what that was, a belief that I could do it alone, that like independent was the way to succeed because now I realized that I do rely on people for their input and their validation and their ideas and I don't know, you copy what you see other people doing, you, you mimic that success. There's a ton of wisdom and actually understanding who you're hanging out with, what you're doing and where everyone you're going.
So, if you were to sit down with a group of people right now who were in a position like you were a few years or a year ago even, or even at the beginning of the summer, unhappy kind of trying to look around. So you really got to like, I don't know if you find yourself in the mountains or if you, you know, need to go on a trip or just like lock yourself in a library and write down every idea that you've ever had.
I read, I don't know, 12 books last year from Memorial Day to Christmas. So I made it my personal mission to inundate myself with new information and that's how these ideas were flowing is because I was changing who I was or at least what I thought on the daily.
So if we could go back to the August when all of this began to really start rolling for you. KatieZombro : I did a three-week backpacking trip through Europe, April to May.
And it was at that point that I was like, I've either got to find another stream of income so that I can support this, or I've got to pay off my student loan debt so that I can make things work. And so that was kind of like money, honestly was the beginning of this whole thing.
Like I am paying my student loans, I have a car, I own a house, I don't live freely. Like I was, you know, it took me all of these ups and downs and reading that book.
Shea Oliver: Once you started, and August hit, how long did it take before you actually got your LLC up and running? My birthday is 26th birthday was August 14th and by August 31st I had hired my coach, and by I want to say October first, October fifth, I had my LLC, registered in my website was mostly I had created most of my website.
Some of my thoughts when I, when I can't get something the way that I wanted, instead of like proactively trying to flip it and make it positive, I sit there and wallow in my own sadness. And if I hadn't created Doyenne, if I hadn't met my coach, if I hadn't done all of these things, I would have continued this perpetual cycle.
KatieZombro : I don't know, because I don't like... as much as my career I guess defines where I would be in five years. Well Gosh, like my, my mentee will be in college, and I'll have successfully, you know, spent the last four.
Well if it's five the last five years helping her get into school, and she is going to be an engineer, and I'm so excited for her. I have a personal goal to make it to six of the seven continents on the passport that I have currently, and I currently have five on it now.
It's not like, no, I don't have to rely on my single income to make me float every month. Then I can take a lower paying job if it means that it will make me happy because it's something that I can support.
I keep hearing in the one thing come up, which is travel. India, I was in Morocco last year, so I love to experience culture that I haven't otherwise experienced.
And, you know, I have a lot of allergies, food allergies, so I like to see how other people use food and how to make it, make it work even if you do have, because in America my allergies are very prohibiting and in other countries it's not very prohibiting. It makes me ill immediately ill, and you know, here you can't have pizza, you can't have sandwiches, a powdered in that everything.
Another one is I'm allergic to red dye, which makes it super difficult for me to like in a rush, eat something processed. So, you know, just like experiencing how people like different medicines that people use and alternative ways of healing and not relying on prescriptions for everything and not.
So I digress, but basically I love traveling because I love culture and I love seeing other people's appreciation for art and architecture and communicate... if I can't speak a language, then like being able to communicate and have that exchange and I pick up language pretty quick. So I've been, I've been able to make it through French and Spanish and I never took French in school and I only took Spanish early part of high school.
KatieZombro : So Seville, last year was my favorite city that I went to. So, like I had to let go of my business coach after three months, which, you know, in terms of progress, I don't have someone pushing me to get content out and all of that.
But in parallel and like all of these serendipitous exchanges that I've had, I've found this Facebook group called the Denver Boss Babe Collective. And so I was reading through the comments and this lady who's an author, who's from Denver, she was working for the state of Colorado and paid off like $24,000 of debt in a year in a calendar year.
I completely pivoted my mentality around money and how I was like, oh, woe is me. My house isn't going away, but you know, like I have a plan and I don't know, just shining light on it and not making it so shameful because it used to be like, Oh God, I have a car payment.
So as you've, you keep talking whether you know what about big changes that you've made? A lot of times that's difficult, not necessarily for you, but the people that you're closest to.
How did the close family and friends deal with. Were they supportive through your changes or were some people “wow, what are you thinking here?” So like he and I obviously have a very close relationship, and we are open, and we communicate and whatever.
I've gained some friends through this, you know, girls have reached out, there was a girl or a woman at my gym who reached out on Facebook and was like, oh my God, I love what you're doing. I have grown up, you know, to become best friends with my mom, but I've had to set a boundary in the last few months of like, you know, your life panned out this way and these are your values.
But we don't see eye to eye on everything and that's okay, but like I can't disclose everything to you because you have an opinion that doesn't line up with my opinion, and I'm going to find success my way, and you are welcomed to find success your way. I love my mom, but that's also part of growing up.
I will tell you, my son who is an electrical engineering, electrical and computer engineering student right now in his sophomore year has repeatedly said, I wish there were more girls in my classes, might be for a different reason. But, I think what you're doing is great and very admirable of you to take such a huge leap of faith at such a young age to try to go out and make such a big difference in the world.
I mean we sometimes forget how important it is for our children to have a positive future and to give them the tools and to give them the support and to give them the, you know, the ability to look at the future and say, I can go change it. I can feel your passion coming through even here, you know, just in our short conversation.
What's the one thing, just one step that you would advise them to take today. Like putting pen to paper, and it doesn't have to be like, you know, well written or grammatically correct.
If you want to type it, if you need to draw whatever it is, get it on a piece of paper, come back to it, look at it again, you know, run it by some people that you trust or that you know, you value their feedback, but get it out of your head. And try it out and feel what it looks like to for it to like to live on a piece of paper.
KatieZombro left university with a degree in electrical engineering and within a year was managing projects all around the world, but something was tugging deep inside her. Her experience is driving her to advocate for girls in STEM and looking for opportunities to improve education for all kids.