About Inspired Success

Our Collective Experience

Inspired Success grew out of years of marketing consulting, corporate marketing, and high-value enterprise selling. Most members of our team have extensive experience in all these aspects of marketing and selling. We also all have deep experience in particular aspects of marketing, as you can read below.

Why is that important?

We approach marketing from having led teams, organizations, and projects as well as on the ground, in the trenches selling directly to executives, customer teams, and individuals.

We understand how marketing creates and prepares the path for sales.  And we understand how sales helps sharpen a product line and messaging. And all of us have first hand experience creating business relationships that produce win-win-win results.

Our Passion for Marketing

Marketing connects people with opportunities to move them forward in the world. Marketing makes solving every day problems possible—by shaping ideas into viable products, by optimizing innovation into something useable by consumers, by taking a brand new way of doing something and helping the world understand how that might help them.

Marketing is how people get every day problems solved.

And marketing helps inventors and innovators make an impact on the world.

Sounds a little crazy? Without marketing, you wouldn’t know about what might be fun to do tonight or how to get your broken phone fixed or which car is most cost-effective for you. And without marketing, an innovator wouldn’t know how to get their new way of doing something out into the world as a consumable product or service.

Marketing is the bridge between innovation and an individual’s world.

We believe that excellent marketing helps make your dreams come true and your passions come to life.

Our Partners and Memberships

Digital Marketer Certified Partner

Inspired Success is a Certified Partner of Digital Marketer. We employ the best frameworks and tried and true methodology Digital Marketer has developed and tested with thousands of campaigns to bring you the highest quality digital marketing approach you can get. We are technology agnostic; we are process committed when focusing on getting you results.

American Marketing Association

We have been a member of the American Marketing Association since 2009.

Women In Consulting

Kathryn has been a member of Women In Consulting since 2010 and is currently serving as President.

Stanford Entrepreneurs Alumni Group

Kathryn is currently President of the Stanford Entrepreneurs Alumni Group. She has created pitch events, helped startups get funding, and lead the group in hosting many prestigious speakers since 2012.


Inspired Success has been a member of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce since 2017. We proudly support the success of small, medium, and large businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Inspired Success has been a proud member of the Society for the Advancement of Consulting since 2018.

Our Team

Kathryn Gorges
Kathryn GorgesPrincipal Consultant

About Kathryn

Principal Consultant at Inspired Success and also known as a Social Marketing Diva, I help businesses like yours close the gaps between your offerings and the needs of your market and communicate value simply and effectively so that revenue can grow sustainably. I blend online marketing with core business strategy to create integrated online strategies for small and medium-sized businesses.  I specifically focus on leveraging the vision and value at the heart of the business into quality customer relationships and conversations.

I apply over 17 years of experience in high tech marketing and sales to my marketing consulting business with medium and small businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.  I help businesses clarify their brand and business persona to use in building conversations with customers and prospects through social networking.  I also develop social media marketing plans, teach all aspects of engaging online, and can conduct online campaigns for clients.

I have spoken at conferences, workshops, meetings, and corporations on topics ranging from the future of marketing and social media to the application of high availability systems in the financial industry.  I love speaking and will happily make myself available.  My presentations, workshops, and coaching sessions consistently get excellent reviews—and I love presenting information that is empowering to people.  I  teach Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners, Introduction to Marketing for the International Diploma Program in Business Administration, and Introduction to Marketing Automation at UC Berkeley Extension San Francisco several times per year.

I have held marketing and sales leadership positions at IBM, Amdahl, Stratus, and Tandem and I have served in executive roles on non-profit boards and community organizations.  I have a Masters in Philosophy from Stanford University, a BS in Mathematics from William and Mary, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

About Anita

I specialize in search engine optimization and creation of a compelling online presence. My system encompasses both Google’s view of your business and the impact your site and social media have on your target market.

My approach entails 5 steps:

  1. Clarification and characterization of company goals, strengths, and target market
  2. In depth technical analysis of current online presence and competition
  3. Identification of specific areas with potential for greatest return
  4. Creation of highly focused strategy prioritizing by potential return
  5. Technical monitoring and continual adjustment to maximize results

The SEO world is Google-centric, highly analytical and systematic. Yes, I have that training, toolset, and perspective. But I also have extensive experience as a writer and instructional designer. I integrate and balance the analytical side with the emotional, relationship-oriented connection with your prospect. The result my clients enjoy is increased online visibility plus an impact on the reader that encourages reaching out and connecting.

Online visibility is more than showing up at the top of Google. It’s the beginning of your relationship with your clients. As such, it is a precious asset to be planted very precisely and nurtured with care. This is what I take great pride and pleasure in providing.

I’ve held marketing, technical, and instructional design positions at Lightbridge Communications, Accenture Learning, Stratus, and Tandem; and I began designing and creating websites in 1995. I have spoken at conferences, workshops, and meetings on topics ranging from SEO to business models for online marketing and consistently get excellent reviews. I am the founder of the Denver Internet Marketing Group.

I earned my SEO Specialist certification from UC Davis Extension.

I have a B.A. in Psychology, Magna cum Laude, from University of Colorado.

Anita Edge
Anita EdgeSenior Consultant
Chris Burbridge
Chris BurbridgeSenior Consultant

About Chris

Chris has worked with visionary entrepreneurs since 2005, helping them brand and present themselves to the world through coaching, website-building, and marketing strategy that lets them feel authentic and create lasting, win-win relationships.

He grew up in Berkeley, California, where he was surrounded by all sorts of interesting ideas and people.

He began his work in the software industry in the mid-90’s by building online help systems, and developed a deep interest in user experience (UX) best practices information design. In the early 2000’s, he branched into consulting for small businesses in marketing and web design, with a desire to bring these practices to solo professionals and small business environments.

He lives in lovely Pinole, California and works in the heart of beautiful, downtown Oakland.

About Sue

I have enjoyed being able to provide the professional help necessary to coordinate, manage, assist and thereby reduce overhead costs of administrative functions in various office settings. More recently, I have served as an administrator for 360 feedback assessments and I have been working in social media marketing creative and curative content management. In that capacity I have learned to promote website and internet marketing visibility for clients by crafting lead in summaries for social media website posts with content that stimulates interest in their specific area of products and services and then providing monthly analytic summaries.

Community and cultural activities have also been a primary focus. In that capacity, I have served on many boards to help define the local land use regulations for non-motorized trails, have served as a volunteer as a lifetime member of National Charity League, past member of Soroptimists, Meals on Wheels and a local high school staff volunteer.

  • Project Manager for Leadership Development company
  • Social media marketing analyst
  • Consultant to set up office procedures
  • Property Manager
  • Owner/Operator of a contractor service company
  • Managing Partner and Officer of general contracting company which built high end custom homes
  • Systems Engineer for aerospace company maintaining technical interface between retail customers and Engineering.
  • Cost Accounting Analyst
  • Masters, Business Administration, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • BA Economics, University of California, Los Angeles
  • C-42 Sanitary Contractor
  • CMA Management
  • Quickbooks
Sue Lefevre
Sue LefevreProject Manager

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