Kathleen "Coach" Kemper
Founder + CEO
Coach Kathy Kemper, known as "Coach” to many, is Founder and CEO of the Institute for Education, a non-profit foundation that recognizes and promotes leadership, civility, and finding common ground, locally, nationally, and in the world community. IFE also educates youth for global citizenship with programs that foster
intercultural appreciation. Called Washington’s “Networker in Chief” by US News and World Report, Coach Kemper also founded INFO, a program of IFE. INFO is a roundtable public affairs forum that draws diplomats, influential public officials, senior media, gamechangers, and business leaders from both sides of the aisle for debate and discussion. INFO speakers have included Supreme Court Justices, a Vice President, Senators, Nobel laureates, Cabinet secretaries, Ambassadors, Governors, technology
titans, and a professional athlete. A former professional tennis player, Kemper served as head Women’s Tennis Coach at Georgetown University from 1978 to 1990. She coached Georgetown’s No. 1 player to a four-year undefeated match play streak and to the Big East and NCAA National Woman’s Division II title in 1983. Kemper is a sought-after speaker on issues from Title IX and gender equity due to her unique, insider’s view of Washington. She has spent more than 25 years coaching tennis for Washington’s powerbrokers and opinion makers–hitting the courts with Supreme Court Justices, members of the United States Congress and United States Secretaries of State through five administrations, at The White House, Senate Court and Embassy courts. Well known in Washington’s diplomatic community, Kemper has received awards and recognition from the Japanese, Swedish and Chinese governments for her commitment to cross-cultural dialogue, friendship, and understanding. Most recently she was honored by H.E. Ichiro Fujisaki, at the Japanese residence. She has been honored by numerous organizations for her leadership, her commitment to promoting collaborative and global dialogue, and her philanthropic efforts. She has been awarded numerous Woman of the Year honors from various groups. She was named the Prince Sporting Goods’ Woman of the Year and received recognition from the National Association of Women in Business. A frequent op-ed writer and columnist, her work has been featured in The Hill, USA Today, Roll Call, The Washington Examiner, Newsday, Hurriyet Daily News, The Bangkok Post, Vietnam Daily, Hanoi Times, The Globalist, The Washington Diplomat, Washington Life, CCTV, and The Huffington Post. Coach Kemper lives in Washington D.C. and Rancho Sante Fe, California.