Katherine is an accomplished executive with deep and varied experience spanning technology, strategy and innovation. She uses her insatiable curiosity of all things – from people to markets to emerging technologies - to shape a clear vision and engage stakeholders to enact positive change.


For over a decade, Katherine climbed the professional ladder at Thomson Reuters, and before leaving the firm had advanced to Senior VP, Innovation where she was entrusted to build and lead a new organization focused on shifting the company from acquisition- to organic-oriented growth. This encompassed defining the vision, developing the team and creating international programs that reached employees, customers and partners. Under her guidance, the innovation fund she ran invested in over 100 ideas and experienced over 300% ROI within three years of launch.


As a trusted thought leader, Katherine has produced content for notable media outlets such as Forbes Woman, Innovators Magazine and Cheddar TV. She has also delivered presentations for the Dallas Business Journal’s Tech Awards, DFW Alliance of Technology & Women and a myriad of Duke University’s innovation courses, among others. Katherine is passionate about sharing knowledge and being a positive role model, particularly for aspiring leaders in technology and innovation.


Katherine holds an MBA from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College. She also participates on three nonprofit Boards of Directors and serves as operating partner of IDEA Fund Partners, a venture capital firm based in Durham, NC.


Katherine Manuel

Founder & Chief Advisor | The Boom Advisory

  • LinkedIn - Black Circle


Raleigh-Durham, NC


Innovation Leadership, Corporate Strategy, M&A, SaaS and Data Analytics, Board Management, Culture Transformation, D&I transformation, Venture Capital