Katharine Manning

Katharine Manning

Author; Attorney; President, Blackbird


Katharine Manning is the author of The Empathetic Workplace: Five Steps to a Compassionate, Calm, and Confident Response to Trauma on the Job, and the President of Blackbird.

For fifteen years, Katharine advised the Justice Department on victim issues in its most challenging cases, like Madoff, the Boston Marathon bombing, the South Carolina AME Church shooting, and the case against U.S. Olympics Gymnastics Team doctor Larry Nassar. Katharine now uses her expertise to help government, educational, and corporate institutions prepare for and respond to the challenges they face involving employees and members of the public in trauma, from claims of sexual harassment or assault to large-scale impacts like the pandemic.

A member of the California bar, Katharine also served as an attorney with the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop in San Francisco, where she represented Fortune 500 companies in class actions, insurance, and media cases. She is a graduate of Smith College and the University of Virginia School of Law.