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Kate Eckhoff

Kate Eckhoff

Purchasing Specialist

Lane Bryant Home Office

Columbus, OH

Once a merchant picks what to buy, I'm the next step in getting that new item from the drawing board into your hands. Never one to easily fit into a box, I love everything from fashion to cars to data analysis! In my time off the clock I enjoy writing fiction, learning, and teaching.




"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence." Abigail Adams
I'm such a diverse person, this has become a difficult picture to form. More than a job description, at this point in my life it's about the people that I work with. I want to be part of a vibrant environment and people who are intelligent and always seeking out ways to grow.

Kelton House Museum and Garden


Working directly with the Director and Coordinator of the Kelton House, I oversee the women who serve in special coordinator positions within the Kelton House from the Junior League, and aid in representing and serving as a liaison between the Kelton House and the Junior League. From Girls Scouts to gardens to business management, we cover a lot of ground, all to keep the museum running strong.


Kelton House Museum and Garden

Civil War Sesquicentennial and Sunday Lecture Series Coordinator

My 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 appointment in the Junior League of Columbus is Coordinator for Sunday lectures and the Civil War Sesquicentennial events through the Kelton House Museum and Garden, a service of the Junior League of Columbus.

I work directly with the Director to plan, arrange, organize, and execute these events. As per my placements, I attend monthly Civil War committee meetings, and quarterly Kelton House Working Group meetings.

Sunday Lecture events are my responsibility to create, from the idea, and then with approval, research, and create. The Civil War events, as part of a larger committee comprises of various community members, is a more set calendar. As such, I assist with finalizing details, and day of execution.


Japan-America Society of Central Ohio

Director of Programming

I originally started out as the assistent to the now past Executive Director, working to maintain the office during his Full Medical Leave and streamline office procedures.
Now I work directly with JASCO's board of trustees on our programs, while running the day-to-day needs of the office.
- In 2012, I facilitated the move from OSU, by working with OSU staff and others to meet the needs of the university in terms of records and managing accounts, taking inventory, and then physically moving the office. Upon moving, I had to recreate or redevelop internal infrastructure for the new office, such as finding new furniture, creating an internal network and purchasing new computers, and creating new databases, and launching a new digital presence on the web.
-I manage our Signature Programs as well as any and all special programs and projects we are involved in.
Signature Programs: State-wide speech contest, anniversary reception, golf outing fundraiser, business programs, and presentations.
Special Programs: 2012 Sakura Centennial Celebration at Franklin Park Conservatory, Pray for Japan film screenings.
I regularly work to collaborate with the Consul General of Japan in Detroit, the Central Ohio Japanese Association of Commerce, the City of Dublin, the Worthington International Friendship Association, and the Institute for Japanese Studies at The Ohio State University.
I have also undertaken rebranding the organization and am working to development a new, comprehensive set of marketing materials, including print and social media. Print materials are a collaborative project, but most all of the copy is penned by me.
For 2013, JASCO was selected to receive a three-year capacity building grant from the Japan Foundation, New York City. Execution of the grant and its reports fall to me.
In March 2013, the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit awarded JASCO a special commendation for our services to Central Ohio.


Lane Bryant

Merchandise Operations Specialist

I work in Lane Bryant's home office as the operations specialist currently overseeing all retail and outlet purchases for modern separates, collaborations, third party, 6th & Lane, Lela Rose, denim, and casual wear separates. I work with domestic partners as well as our Hong Kong and Korea offices to create item profiles and purchase orders.


Kelton House Museum and Garden

Vice Coordinator

Working directly with the Director and Coordinator of the Kelton House, I oversee the women who serve in special coordinator positions within the Kelton House from the Junior League, and train to take over the Coordinator postion for next year. From Girls Scouts to gardens to business management, we cover a lot of ground, all to keep the museum running strong. Our goals this year are to improve continuity records from year to year between coordinators, and begin the process of creating an internal wikipedia site for docents and volunteers to use.


Institute for Japanese Studies at The Ohio State University

Office Administrator

As an Office Administrator for the Institute for Japanese Studies at The Ohio State University, I assist the Executive Director with forthcoming programs.
Most importantly of these is the summer programs, handling the preparation of materials and tasks for the arrival of students from Japan who will be visiting Ohio State as part of the Saitama-Ohio exchange program.
Other duties include reorganizing the office in preparation for the University's shift from the quarter system to semesters in the autumn.


Career Transition Institute (formerly Forty Plus of Central Ohio)

Chair of Programming Committee and Past President

My first and current position is as the Chair of Programming:
Assist in researching and booking speakers for weekly meetings.
Research, book or create, monthly evening social, from arranging food and drinks to various speakers or entertainment.
Create and manage evaluation and interest surveys.
Practice public speaking through introducing speakers.
Implementing new, more efficient processes.
Reworked the committee continuity manual.
Rebuilt and reorganized files on community server.
Organized a massive holiday party with multiple fundraising sources.
Was voted winner of the 2010 Best Committee Chair award.

From August through September 2010, I was President by the active members.
Preside over weekly member meetings and monthly board meetings.


Ohio Department of Development

Intern with Global Markets Division

My work with JASCO led to me to an internship with the Global Markets Division of the Ohio Department of Development.
I assisted with the Ohio-Saitama 20th Anniversary Celebration and associated events. This included creating a myraid of documents from nametags and table tents to informational documents and itinerary. I also worked closely with the Advance Team from Japan to insure the Governor of Saitama's visit to Ohio was smooth and successful. The highlight was a whirlwind day of activities with a delegation of nearly 40 Japanese- including the Governor of Saitama, at the Ohio Statehouse.
I then helped with preparations for the 3rd Annual Global Summit and Governor's Excellence in Exporting Award Luncheon. Attended by nearly 300 people, I helped with advance preparations for the luncheon and seminars as well as supporting staff the day of the event.


The Ohio State University

B.A., International Studies - East Asia, minors in Japanese and Life Sciences

The John Glenn Civic Leadership Council - 2008/2009 Vice President of Service
English Conversation Partner - 2009
Japanese Club 2006/2007/2008
Japanese Conversation Group 2007/2008
Short Term Study Abroad - Multicultural Histories and Legacies of London 2009