Protocol, Stewardship & Partnerships Program Director
Catherine Wilson manages international visitor protocol and donor stewardship for Notre Dame International. She works collaboratively with units across campus to develop strategic priorities for international visitors and to coordinate and execute event and protocol management for distinguished international visitors to campus. She organizes executive-level international delegations traveling from campus overseas. She provides training and consulting on business etiquette, international protocol, and intercultural communication. Wilson manages NDI donor stewardship and leads project management of international partnerships. She also serves as the liaison to Special Events and Stewardship Initiatives, as well as the Latin American and Caribbean Advisory Council.
Previously Wilson served as senior counselor to the vice president, and prior to that role was executive administrator and international delegations coordinator for Notre Dame International. Before coming to NDI, she was director of special projects and media relations for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for the 60th Judicial Circuit of Indiana.
A native of Georgia, Wilson earned both her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and her master’s in nonprofit administration magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. She is a graduate of the Protocol School of Washington®'s protocol officer training and is licensed through the Protocol School of Washington® as an intercultural protocol and etiquette trainer and consultant. She also earned a certificate in hospitality and tourism management from Florida Atlantic University, a Sustainable Events Professional Certificate from Events Industry Council, and certifications in GlobeSmart Profile (intercultural communication) and Inclusive Behaviors Inventory assessment and facilitation through Aperian Global. She is a member of Protocol and Diplomacy International - Protocol Officers Association (PDI-POA). In PDI-POA, she is the President of the Board of Directors (elected 2022), and serves on the Select Committee on Professional Behaviors, Ethics, and Responsibilities. She previously served as Vice President for Communications on the PDI-POA Board of Directors (2020-22), and was the Forum Chair of the 21st Annual International Protocol Education Forum (2022).