Katherine Conaway is a freelance writer, consultant, and producer. She’s been a digital nomad since June 2014, working remotely while traveling full-time. She has visited more than 45 countries so far, across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Clients have included Bluffworks (men’s travel clothing), Public Persona (branding + design studio), Lauren Hom (letterer + illustrator), The New York Times, Under Armour, AERIN Lauder, BrewDog (craft brewery), and more. Before working in the creative industry, Katherine was a teacher at American schools in Casablanca, Morocco, and Sofia, Bulgaria.
Katherine is the coauthor of The Digital Nomad Survival Guide (on Amazon Kindle and in print). She writes frequently about travel, remote work, and digital nomad programs like Remote Year, and is the host of the Modern Work podcast.
Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Katherine moved to Massachusetts to study at Williams College, where she majored in Art History, minored in Mathematics, and rowed crew. She studied abroad in Siena, Italy.
After graduation, she moved abroad to teach at the Casablanca American School in Morocco for a year, followed by a summer at TASIS Switzerland, and a year teaching at the American College of Sofia in Bulgaria.
Katherine moved back to the USA in 2011 to Austin, Texas, before moving to New York for a job in production at HUSH, a digital design agency in DUMBO.
In June 2014, Katherine quit her job in Brooklyn to travel. She ended up getting a freelance client and decided to keep going until... Since then, she hasn’t been in one place longer than 5 weeks at a time. In 2016, she was a member of Remote Year's 2nd group, Battuta.
So far, Katherine has visited 45 countries (and counting) across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Katherine works with a few regular clients and usually has additional short-term projects doing consulting or writing work. She has worked with corporations, small businesses, and entrepreneurs on digital projects, installations, events, shoots, websites, workshops, online courses, and more.
Her main client now is a men’s travel clothing company: Bluffworks, doing strategy, PR, and partnerships work with them. For 2.5 years, Katherine was the Head of Production for Public Persona, a branding + design studio based in Washington DC. Before life on the road, she was a producer at HUSH in Brooklyn.
Project clients as a producer at HUSH included:
As Head of Production at PUBLIC PERSONA, clients included:
A selection of Katherine’s work outside of work:
Modern Work – a podcast about the work we do & how we got there; features in-depth one-on-one interviews
The Digital Nomad Survival Guide – cowrote and self-published with a fellow Remote Year participant, available on Amazon Kindle and in print
A Remote Year – essays about being in Remote Year’s second ever group (Feb 2016 - Jan 2017)
Currently working on a non-fiction book proposal about modern romantic relationships
Katherine has visited over 200 museums & galleries around the world – she specifically tries to see local art & artists in each country visited.
In 2006, she stumbled into a degree in Art History at Williams College because the professors & courses made the world, history, and other cultures so tangible & relatable. Since then, she hasn’t been able to stay away.
While teaching abroad in Morocco and Bulgaria, she created & taught ArtH lessons and electives. Katherine has done talks about art & design around the world, including in France, Bolivia, Cambodia, and South Africa.
In New York, Katherine took improv, acting, and playwriting classes and was a member of the Theatre Development Fund, attending many Broadway and off-Broadway shows. She also was a member at MoMA, Guggenheim, and Brooklyn museums, spending many weekends in their galleries and at special events & lectures.