About BEING IN THE SHADOW

BEING IN THE SHADOW is an Australian-based consultancy providing global expertise and guidance related to the total solar eclipse

WHO IS BEING IN THE SHADOW 

BEING IN THE SHADOW first originated in 2011 when Dr. Kate Russo began researching the total solar eclipse experience when she was based in Belfast.  She was frequently invited to present her work in the media and in lectures.  Over time her work expanded to include eclipse planning activities and workshops, community visits, and planning consultations. She continues to research, publish books and has become a thought leader, preparing White Papers. Following her relocation from Belfast, the company was formally founded by Kate in early 2022 as an Australian-based global consultancy.

Drawing upon a background in psychology, consulting, and research, BEING IN THE SHADOW delivers Zoom and in-person workshops, presentations, and strategic consultations for communities within the path of totality for a total solar eclipse. Clients include Chamber of Commerce, local and state Governments, local and state tourism boards, tour operators, private industry, and others.

Dr. Kate – Zooming from her base in North Queensland, Australia

BEING IN THE SHADOW – VALUES

Kate is driven by her own personal values of kindness, positivity, and authenticity.  When considering BEING IN THE SHADOW as a business, the following additional values underlie professional interactions:

RESPECT FOR OTHERS

FOCUS ON STRENGTHS 

SUPPORT TO SUCCEED

TRANSPARENCY

 

BEING IN THE SHADOW aims to deliver services and focus on sustainable solutions that prioritize respect for the environment, communities, and people within.   

BEING IN THE SHADOW – SUSTAINABILITY 

Sustainability in an eclipse-related business is all about forming long-term partnerships. After all, the passion and desire eclipse chasers feel last a lifetime. Kate is committed to helping communities prepare for hosting those precious moments of the Moon’s shadow, and the people who come to share those moments.

The feelings of being connected to something greater – feelings that are so profound during totality – are what drive interactions for BEING IN THE SHADOW.  The following sustainability principles define the business:

  • All guidance is evidence-based and ensures eclipse preparations bring long-term benefits to the community
  • The eclipse is an opportunity to shift toward a sustainable tourism model for the future
  • Partnerships with others who share sustainable goals will be sought
  • Natural, local and sustainable solutions will be prioritized
  • Renewable and recyclable packaging will be used where possible
  • Rural communities will be championed
Delivering an eclipse stakeholder workshop in Onslow, Shire of Ashburton in preparation for the 2023 total solar eclipse.

CONSULTATION TESTIMONIALS

“I feel like you have been such an inspiration throughout this process and I so greatly appreciate your constant support and encouragement of our initiatives.” 

“Thank you for the inspiration. Your visit and talk gave me renewed faith that we can get this done. I was beginning to suffer from burn out due to lack of help in the community. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.”

“We truly appreciate the energy and experience that you bring to the table. I heard much feedback (especially from the business community) in regards to the value of the presentations.”

“We gained so much insight today and identified many opportunities. Thank you so much for your time, expertise, and passion!”

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