SYMPHONY’S FIRST LADY
By Pat Nowak
Kathleen Carroll White was born in Rochester, MN, the third of 11 children. She grew up in Toledo’s Old West End and attended Rosary Cathedral, and St. Ursula Academy, before graduating from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.
Kathy’s career evolved organically into the arts-related executive role she has today. She sought a career of service that could make a positive contribution to others. For several years she served as a development professional for several Toledo organizations including Toledo Public Broadcasting (WGTE), The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Public Schools, The Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio, Inc., Maumee Valley Country Day School and the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation. In 2010, Kathy was elected the first female president and CEO of the Toledo Orchestra Association, Inc. She was selected as a YWCA Milestones Honoree for the Arts in 2004.
Kathy has spent nearly four decades devoting her career to fundraising in communications, health care, education, and the arts. She finds great satisfaction in her current role where she works to secure funding to sustain professional musicians devoted to performances and teaching across our region. She will retire from her position of president and CEO of the Toledo Symphony in June 2016. The effects of her many accomplishments will continue long after her retirement.
Where do you call home? No matter where I have lived, I call Toledo my home.
What was your first job? After babysitting and waitressing, my first professional job was radio continuity writer, talk show producer and host at WOHO.
What health, diet or lifestyle tips do you support? Eat and exercise daily. I aim for variety and balance.
Your biggest self-indulgence? Curiosity.
I have always wanted to …..? Learn more.
What trait do you admire in others? Spirited generosity.
Something most people don’t know about you? I live for cappuccino and a road trip.
Words I live by? Don’t take yourself too seriously.
My proudest accomplishment? My marriage and my family.
Person I most respect? The musician who is devoted to perfection in the performance and preservation of civilization’s masterpieces.