Kathleen N. Spears, PhD
A recent transplant to the area, Dr. Kathleen N. Spears has been President & CEO of YWCA of Palm Beach County since June 2019. Prior to joining the YWCA, Dr. Spears served as president and chief bridge-builder of Powers Four Good, LLC, a full-service consulting firm located in Indianapolis, Indiana aimed at assisting organizations in maximizing their powers for good in the communities they serve and reaching the constituency they seek. Through her role as President of Powers Four Good, Dr. Spears has worked with some of the country's most highly regarded non-profit organizations, including heading a foundation founded by retired Indianapolis Colts linebacker and Super Bowl Champion Gary Brackett. Brackett’s Foundation provides employment, self-sufficiency, and life skills programs for disadvantaged youth, as well as programs of support and hope for critically and chronically ill youth. Before launching Powers Four Good, Spears led the historic Madame CJ Walker Legacy Center, an institution that uses art as a platform to facilitate social justice and empower women, after having spent nearly 6 years at Cancer Support Community Central Indiana. While there, she grew it to one of the largest affiliates of Cancer Support Community, a global non-profit organization.
Spears has been actively engaged in the community and while in Indianapolis served on the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 and the Superbowl 2012 committees. She also served on the boards of Horizon House, an organization that serves homeless individuals and families, as well as the Central Indiana Women’s Business Center which supports female entrepreneurs through microloans and mentorship.
Through her various management, leadership and community volunteer positions, Dr. Spears has built a reputation for being a highly effective and results-oriented non-profit executive, garnering awards for innovative programs and excellence in leadership and service. Dr. Spears was featured in the Indianapolis Business Journal in 2017 for success of her company and was recognized in 2013 by the Indianapolis Star as a “Woman to Know.” Spears is a member of the 2012 Class of Indianapolis Business Journal's “40 under 40” and the 2011 “Best & Brightest in Non-Profit” and was recognized as a Woman of Influence in 2007 in Memphis, Tennessee. She holds a Master of Healthcare Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Community Health, both from Texas Woman’s University, where she was awarded “Outstanding Graduate Student Leader” in 2001 and 2003.
Spears, who was born & raised in Erie, PA, is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She is the youngest of nine children and has seventeen nieces and nephews. She and her chihuahua, Belladora, reside in Palm Beach. To request an interview or to schedule Dr. Spears for a speaking engagement, please contact her executive assistant at 561-640-0050.