You may know Kathleen Garcia-Manjarres or "Kat Garcia" for her multi-faceted talents as she has boasted many titles: business entrepreneur, television/film actress, singer/songwriter, Forbes contributor and now, management consultant. Garcia graduated from McGill University. B.Com - Bachelor of Commerce with a triple concentration in Information Systems, Finance and Marketing in 2016. She has pursued her passion for business at Accenture as a management consultant.
Moreover, Garcia finds ways to marry her former career in film to her omni-present one as a business woman: Catch new episodes of “The Corporate Diary” on YouTube, where Kat Garcia interviews women in male-dominated fields shedding light on a feminist point of view.
The credits to her name span across diverse industries that may not seem similar at first glance, however an overarching theme in her life is the cross between creativity and analysis. She understands different facets of management due to my extensive and distinct experiences; they have allowed her to strategize in innovative ways, bridge gaps and solve business problems through a set of creative tools.
Prior to Accenture, she has worked in digital advertising in Vancouver; as a Business Consultant (IT & Marketing specialist) for one of Canada's largest e-commerces, Beyond the Rack under the current Chief Supply Chain Officer for Staples, and in corporate finance alongside the Business Development Bank of Canada negotiating a key M&A. Recently, she co-authored an article for Forbes alongside renowned Professor, Karl Moore. "Suits" actor playing the famous "Harvey Spector" shared the article and it has received honourable mentions from Outliers author, Malcolm Gladwell and academic, Henry Mintzberg. In 2016, she received the Prix Fierte Latino-Americaine - awarded to a young woman of Colombian origin possessing an entrepreneurial spirit and having shown leadership in her community. In addition, she continuously speaks at university conferences and connects to young graduates and students to share her experiences and empower the younger generation.
Her creative passions led her to co-found McGill University's first fashion business conference, Fashion Business Uncovered, which welcomed Global Chief Financial Officer of Chanel, Philippe Blondiaux in and The Business of Fashion's Imran Ahmed. Content strategy has been a part of Garcia's line of work. She had some practice after having dealt with content strategy and analytics in 2008 when she published her YouTube channel; Garcia acquired more than 1M views and about 5K subscribers. She managed her Google Analytics account, created the "katgarciaonline.com" website, in order to generate revenue from her blog and negotiated a partnership with Studio 71 in Beverly Hills, California. Her most recent venture? “The Corporate Diary” segment: a video channel and blog empowering young women to become leaders in their life through education and goal setting. Universities have reached out to her, in order for her to teach about Behavioural Finance and speak at conferences empowering young graduates on managing their careers and following their dreams and passion.
Kathleen Garcia enjoys consulting: solving business problems by bridging creativity and analysis using technology and digital means to do so.
Her work comprises of both French and English film and television, one of her greatest roles being on TeleQuebec's acclaimed television series "Tactik" as Chastity Gomez- Baker. Other works include a principal role on "Role Play", a short film that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and many commercials for big brands, such as, Activia Yogurt and the Quebec's "Ministere de la Sante et des Services Sociaux".
Garcia was signed to a talent agency in early 2008 and soon found her niche in television. She was signed with Canada's most recognized Amanda Rosenthal Agency in Montreal and Toronto and The Characters in Vancouver though she attributes most of her success to Da Vinci Talent. As Chastity Gomez-Baker, the jocular character, Kat Garcia was asked to go from a guest-starring appearance role to a recurring principal where she continued on for a second season. During such time, whe was featured as the singer for the theme show song for the TV Show “Jack”. From the makers of “Caillou”, “Jack” played on TVO Kids, Knowledge Kids and BBC.
Shortly after building her foundation in French television, whe worked alongside director, Alex Epstein (co-screenwriter of Bon Cop Bad Cop) as Molly Martinez in short-film "Role Play". The dark drama was featured at the Cannes International Film Festival in May 2013 (Not So Short On Talent) and screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival in October 2013.
In 2015, "Gurov & Anna" premiered in South Korea and has played in many movie theatres across Montreal whereby Kat held a secondary role alongside the talented, Sophie Desmarais.
Most importantly, she created a name for herself on Youtube when her "acting tutorials" videos and auditions went viral. She continuously posted covers on Youtube and taught fans how to act and break out into the acting industry. With a passion for Google Analytics, she created a website and medium for her followers to ask questions regarding the acting industry. After received more than 1M views on Youtube and thousands of Youtube followers, Kat Garcia made it her mission to pursue her knowledge in the domain of business. Digital, marketing and business development all seemed to be the perfect fit.
Opening act for Karl Wolf, Danny Fernandes, and Young Money, the singer/songwriter got her shot in music at a very early age. She has performed at Club Soda alongside sponsors ranging from Virgin Radio to Popstar Magazine and Le Palais du Congres in Montreal. Her music has been showcased around North and South America ranging from radio stations to clothing stores including Lacoste, Le Garage and Wet Seal - all contracts she negotiated herself. She stresses it was due to her perseverance and never ending cold calls. Managing her career and contracts meant being an artist and being the business woman. With personal interviews with CTV, CBC Homerun, CJAD, and Radio Centre-Ville, Kat has voiced her opinions at a young age regarding issues close to her heart, such as: education, mainstream media, misogyny and her own music. She continues to take on challenges as a mezzo-soprano vocalist.