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The Chemistry of Success with Kate Hampford Donahue, Hampford Research - Episode 77

May 20, 2024

By: Ari Santiago

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Ari Santiago is the CEO of CompassMSP.


On this episode, Kate Hampford Donahue, CEO of Hampford Research, discusses the transformative journey of taking over her father's specialty chemical company.

Without a background in the chemical industry, Kate embraced a new kind of leadership, using skills gained throughout her early career. She recounts the pivotal support of Vistage, a CEO peer-to-peer group, that provided her with invaluable insights and support.

Kate shares her initial challenges from discovering the company was in a poorer shape than anyone realized to reshaping its culture and strategy in the face of that adversity. She managed to turn challenge into opportunity…and fell in love with manufacturing at the same time! 

Kate's favorite book: Blue Ocean Strategy, Renée Mauborgne and W. Chan Kim

Kate Hampford Donahue, Hampford Research 
Website: https://www.hampfordresearch.com/ 
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/hampford-research-inc 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HampfordRsrch 
Kate's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-donahue-7327007 
Ari Santiago, CEO, CompassMSP
Company Website: https://compassmsp.com/ 
Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/compass-msp/ 
Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MadeinAmericaPodcast 
Podcast LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/made-in-america-podcast-with-ari 
Podcast YouTube:  https://youtube.com/c/MadeinAmericaPodcastwithAri 
Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/  
Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/ 
Podcast executive production by Gael Communications: https://www.gaelcommunications.com/ 

Kate and Ari discuss Leadership, Transition, Vistage, and Workplace Culture

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