Kat De Shields-Moon
Kat De Shields-Moon’s first taste of gaming came from watching her parents play Myst after they got home from work. Ever since she’s been an avid gamer with a deep love for eccentric and story-driven indie games. A former games journalist with deep roots in the industry, she served as a communications manager for Launch Media Network, the parent company of GameSkinny, where she also worked as an editor and teacher. She then took on the role of marketing specialist at the full-service gaming agency, Novy Unlimited. In late 2018, she worked as a senior esports community specialist at Hi-Rez Studios and was quickly promoted to PR and partnerships manager at Skillshot Media, a former esports-focused subsidiary of Hi-Rez Studios.
Currently, she is PR manager at Schell Games, an education and entertainment focused gaming studio in Pittsburgh that specializes in virtual and augmented reality. She is also the host for season two of the Women in Esports Podcast produced by the Pittsburgh Knights and PNC Bank. Prior to her work in the gaming industry, she began her career in public relations and marketing working with a variety of companies including the Star Democrat Newspaper, The Institute of Reading Development, Camp Twin Lakes, and Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc. She has a BA in journalism from Hampton University, an MFA in writing from SCAD, a certificate in Women's Entrepreneurship from Cornell University, and a certificate in Inclusive Leadership and Workplace Diversity from the University of Colorado.