Following a decade-long career in financial services, Katie Barchas Wilson founded The Market Group Inc. in 2012 to focus on her true passions: branding, events, promotions and philanthropy.  Prior to The Market Group Inc., Katie served as Operations Manager for Global Financial Review, a mortgage due-diligence firm, where she honed her skills in marketing, business development, and project management.

In January 2013, Katie launched the High-Heeled Happy Hour, a shoe-themed monthly women’s networking event series. Each High-Heeled Happy Hour honors a female business professional and/or community leader who selects a charity beneficiary for the event proceeds that evening. To date, High-Heeled Happy Hours have raised over $50,000 for local charities.

In April 2014, Katie began blogging as the High-Heeled Housewife to provide additional exposure to the products, businesses, and causes she supports. Katie’s blog gained a national following and has been featured in Washington Family Magazine.

In September 2015, Katie was recognized as one of Loudoun's rising stars in Leesburg Today's 40 Under 40 awards.  Katie was also named to Loudoun Business Journal's "Women 100 List" in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and was profiled in the publication's "16 to Watch in 2016." Most recently, Katie was recognized as one of Loudoun's "unsung heroes" in Alimond Photography's "Loudoun 100."

Katie has a BA in Psychology, a minor in Philosophy, and a certificate in Applied Business from the University of Colorado at Boulder.