A few months ago, Andy and I had the privilege of meeting and hearing celebrity entrepreneur Kathy Ireland speak at a Catalyst for Thought SYNC event. The event was officially titled, “What Problems are you Solving,” with some wonderful discussion points for entrepreneurs including:
- Overcoming rejection and challenges in business
- As an entrepreneur, your client is your boss…and they can be tough
- Only start businesses that you are passionate about
- Start simply, Focus on one niche, Do it well
During the event Kathy spoke about growing her world-wide brand while she was growing her family here in Santa Barbara, and moderators Jeff Bochsler and Allison Trowbridge asked some great questions about her multi-billion dollar empire, kathy ireland World Wide.
Not only was it totally inspiring to hear her journey from newspaper delivery girl (a first in the 805 area) to supermodel, turned entrepreneur, turned business mogul, but to know that she is also a living and breathing example of a balanced woman who puts her faith, family and business in the proper priorities.
Not one moment went by during the event where Kathy, a Santa Barbara native since she was three years-old, spoke without the utmost integrity and sincerity. Two qualities that rarely get connected with business empire owners or celebrity entrepreneurs.
Attending the event and meeting Kathy Ireland was a long-overdue dream. My mom, Judy Sims, actually taught Kathy in second grade at Monte Vista Elementary School, where a few years later my brother and I attended as well, so I’ve always looked forward to meeting her someday here in Santa Barbara (and wouldn’t you know it, Kathy remembers and had just seen my mom recently at a different event). And, thanks to Chrissy Deferville and her team-based local non-profit entrepreneurial group that’s near and dear to my heart, that hopeful dream finally came true.
In early 2009 I joined Chrissy, the original founder, and the initial Catalyst for Thought team as their first-ever Marketing Director and enjoyed nearly two years of growth and development with volunteering at the helm until our agency needed all of my time and I stepped down. During that entire time period and beyond, I had been hearing Chrissy talk about getting Kathy Ireland as a speaker someday – and low and behold nearly three years later it happened. Thanks to all those who helped make that fantastic event possible!
Everyone in attendance was grateful that this famous local legend came out to share her life’s journey and just how she was able to reach for the stars and land on the moon.