Meet Kathy, IMTS Team Member
Category: IMTS • Mar 3, 2020
An avid listener who is deeply curious, Kathy Webster is a natural storyteller. As AMT’s Exhibitions Content Manager - Correspondence, she seeks out connections, builds relationships, and strives to learn more about the people behind the machines.
“I tell stories about people. I try to highlight the human side of manufacturing,” Kathy explained. “I look for things that are relevant, interesting, or entertaining that we can share.”
“Kathy has a real passion for storytelling. She strongly feels that this is an industry that needs technology, and it’s obvious that she has a true love for the people who make manufacturing great,” said Peter Eelman, AMT Vice President & CXO. “Her passion for the subject is matched only by her ability to form connections. She is the storyteller that manufacturing technology deserves.”
“Everything about IMTS is exciting,” Kathy said of the show. “The muscle of America is manufacturing, and it is on display at IMTS.” She added that the only thing more exciting than her first IMTS was her first Bruce Springsteen concert—and it was a close call.
4 Kids and Lots of Action
A mother of four, Kathy loves watching her children develop new interests and pursue their individual passions. She and her husband, Tim, a geophysicist, live in Vienna, Va., with their children Augie (18), Bea (17), Theo (15), and Bella (11).
Augie is bright but challenged with severe physical limitations. He has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and uses a communication device like Stephen Hawking. “He has taught us so much and inspired his siblings in many positive ways,” Kathy said.
Bea is the president of the Best Buddies Club at her school, which fosters friendships between typical students and students with special needs. Theo has learned to repair parts of the wheelchair and tinkers with electronics to make them accessible to Augie. Bella is incredibly compassionate toward students with special needs in her grade school.
Kathy’s entire family is involved in Wheelchair Action Art. More than 10 years ago, Augie had the idea of creating art using his wheelchair, much like a skateboarder he had recently watched. His younger siblings were excited to help, and Wheelchair Action Art was born.
In addition to enjoying her large busy family, Kathy enjoys reading, yoga, hiking, and taking long walks with the family’s dog, Meadow.
Have a manufacturing story to share with Kathy? Email her at KWebster@amtonline.org or call her at 703-827-5218.