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Katie Smith Milway

Senior Fellow in Social Innovation

Katie Smith Milway is a partner in Bridgespan’s Boston office and head of the firm's knowledge group. She works with Bridgespan teams to capture learnings from case work, shape and distill research projects, and share content and tools via a variety of media. She brings to the job a background in journalism, nonprofit management, and strategy consulting.

Prior to joining Bridgespan she was a senior director and founding publisher at Bain & Company, where she built and managed a global team of editors and writers who guided the transformation of Bain's intellectual capital into external and internal publications. Katie began working with Bain in 1994 as a management consultant first in Toronto, then Munich. Her industry experience in Canada, the U.S., and Europe includes telecommunications; retail; manufacturing; high technology, pulp and paper; plastics; professional services and nonprofits.

Prior to joining Bain, Katie worked as a business journalist with The Wall Street Journal/Europe and Montreal Gazette, as a stringer for TIME in Guatemala, and as a researcher/writer at Harvard’s Kennedy School. She also served on the management team of nonprofit Food for the Hungry International, coordinating programs in Africa and Latin America. She was a delegate to the 1992 Earth Summit and has authored two books and numerous articles on sustainable development and served as a resource specialist to the Salzburg Global Seminar. Her 2008 website and children’s book, One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, enlist children in the cause of microfinance.

Katie recently co-authored “Get Ready for Your Next Assignment,” (Harvard Business Review, November 2011), “The Challenge of Organizational Learning,” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2011), “Growing Global NGOs Effectively,” (Monday Developments, Winter 2010), and “Nonprofit Mergers & Acquisitions: More Than a Tool for Tough Times,” (, Winter 2009).

Katie graduated with a BA in English from Stanford University, followed by a Masters in European Studies at the Free University of Brussels on a Rotary scholarship. She graduated magna cum laude and was selected to intern at the European Union’s development directorate. In 1993, she completed her MBA at the European Institute of Business Administration, INSEAD.