Kate Lister

Kate Lister

Kate Lister

President | Global Workplace Analytics (GWA)

Kate Lister is president of Global Workplace Analytics (GWA), a research and consulting firm that helps employers understand and prepare for the future of work. Her expertise is focused on workplace, workforce, technology, and other trends that are changing the who, what, when, where, and how of work. She has been helping public and private sector employers implement telecommuting and flexible work strategies for more than a decade.

Working with some of the world’s most respected product and service providers, GWA helps make the ‘people, planet, and profit’ business case for workplace change and collaborates to publish a wide range of original and secondary research.

GWA’s proprietary tools include:

  • An extensive digital library with over 5,000 research reports, case studies, and other content related to the technologies, trends, and scientific understandings that are transforming the way people work
  • A Telework Savings Calculator™ that a U.S. General Accountability Office report to Congress called “comprehensive and based on solid research
  • Calculators for quantifying the impact of employee engagement, employee wellness and well-being, technology provisioning, and more
  • Model business cases for a wide range of workplace strategies and stakeholders
  • Templates for collecting pre- and post-strategy measures of success

Kate is a highly regarded speaker and writer. She has written or co-authored five business books, numerous white papers, and scores of articles for major media outlets. Her firm’s research has been cited by hundreds of publications including the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and many others. She is a member of the strategic advisory board and leadership team of Workplace Evolutionaries (WE), a global group of leading workplace thinkers and doers who are dedicated to “changing the world one workplace at a time.”

As a resident of San Diego, Kate teases clients that she charges extra if she has to travel anywhere that’s too hot, too cold, too wet, too humid, or too buggy.


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