Kathleen Tullie is the Senior Director of Sustainability at Reebok International and Founder and Executive Director of BOKS, a scientifically-proven physical activity program for children. Inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book Spark, which talks about the positive effects that physical activity has on all of us, she had her ‘aha’ moment. Dr. Ratey’s book coupled with her determination drove Kathleen to empower parents to provide an opportunity for kids to be physically active before and during school. BOKS was born in 2009.
BOKS (Build Our Kids Success) is a free community driven program that provides a robust curricululm, training and support to provide opportunities for movement to all children, regardless of economic factors. BOKS began as a small idea presented to a few moms in Natick, MA and has since grown to more than 3,000 enrolled schools globally! Parents, teachers, and communities across the US and beyond have adopted BOKS, affecting the lives of thousands of children on a daily basis.
Kathleen continues to make strides nationwide. Some of her major accomplishments include partnering with the Partnership for Healthier America, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, American Council on Exercise, the Aspen Institute and Let’s Move Active Schools where she was honored by First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative in 2013 and 2014. She was presented the Community Leadership Award in 2013 by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. A member of Roundtable on Obesity Solutions with the National Academy of Sciences, she serves on the Physical Activity Innovation Collaborative, sat on the steering committee for Let’s Move Active Schools and is Vice Chair of Physical Activity at World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry. She has also partnered with The Reebok Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Toyota, Blue Cross Blue Shield, CVS Health, Fairmont Hotels and The Boston Bruins Foundation to fiscally support BOKS’ growth. Kathleen has also been featured in numerous media outlets, including CBS, Huffington Post, NESN and NPR. Most recently Family Circle listed her as one of the 20 Most Influential Moms and gave a Tedx talk in 2017.
Prior to founding BOKS, Kathleen accomplished an 18-year career in real estate finance. A graduate of Western Michigan University (BA) and The University of Edinburgh, Scotland (MBA), Kathleen has spent her career in Japan, Scotland and the US.