Holding a master’s degree from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, with a concentration in writing, Katherine Sopranos has over 20 years of experience working with senior management of Fortune 1000 companies. As the former communications specialist for The Boeing Company, Katherine Sopranos helped manage the media and public relations for the 787 Dreamliner airplane.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has state-of-the-art technology and fuel efficiency which the company calls “the Dreamliner effect.” As a standard commercial aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is flown by many airlines, including American Airlines, Avianca, China Southern Airlines, and Qantas.
The 787 has low operating and maintenance costs to allow for potentially higher revenues. With the 787’s faster cruising speed and more cargo space, airline companies have the opportunity to charge more in baggage fees while getting its passengers to their destinations quicker. New nonstop flight paths and increased flying days allow passengers more variety selecting travel destinations and schedules.
With over 20 years’ experience in corporate communications, Katherine Sopranos currently serves as a management consultant and leadership coach for a multibillion dollar corporation. Katherine Sopranos also donates time and energy to the Working in the Schools (WITS) agency in Chicago.
WITS is dedicated to enhancing elementary students’ interest in reading, using the talents of volunteer literacy mentors. The organization offers several programs to achieve this goal:
– Classroom Reading tutors work one-to-one or in small groups; volunteers’ skills are carefully linked to participating classes.
– Midday Mentoring pairs tutors and second- and third-grade students for the duration of the school year. The tutors help the students shift from “learning to read to reading to learn.”
– WITS on Campus exposes students to college life. Students go to once-a-week sessions at nearby universities, where they work with volunteers on homework and reading activities.
These and other initiatives have proven successful outcomes. WITS students report having better attitudes about reading, including reading at home, which improved to one hour per day, up from 30 minutes. Participants also increased their reading skills by five levels in one year, as opposed to non-participants who only progressed three levels.