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Drawing on the extremes of her life with wit, humor and passion, Kathy awakens people to their full potential, convincing them of their ability to turn on their power and transform themselves and the world around them.

The award-winning author and filmmaker and creative activist galvanizes audiences with her contagious enthusiasm and her belief that every individual can experience a rich and fulfilling life as “an active soul”.

In a troubled world, Kathy offers a new sense of purpose and direction, as she illustrates the resilience of the human spirit and its power to transform tragedy into a force for good. Her moving speeches, illustrated with sparkling media and peppered with humor, interweave her story with universal themes of love, forgiveness and redemption.

Kathy Eldon Speaking

Kathy has been featured in countless newspaper and magazine articles and has appeared on radio and television programs around the world, including the “Producer’s Favorite” segment on the Oprah Show. Audiences of all varieties, from Forbes executives and social entrepreneurs, to educators and students, are captivated by Kathy’s powerful, positive energy. Her message to “turn on your power” leaves everyone believing in their ability to seek solutions to their challenges, overcome adversity and live the lives of their choice.

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Lecture Topics

“Living a First-Hand Life”

I wonder how many of us are living first hand now? How much of our modern existence is hands on, in your face life? Not processed by a machine or another person’s interpretation of what we should be doing – not our partners or parents, our professors nor bosses, no matter how engaging that vision of us may be. We are excited to get hand-me down clothes or shoes – so why would we want a hand me down, second-hand life?

This is the time to ask yourself what you really want to do for ourselves – and our world – then make a plan to do, to be, to experience, to accomplish – to give, to share, to learn, to grow.

Audience: women’s groups, corporate retreats, writers’ conventions and students.

“The Gift of Grieving: Transforming Pain to Purpose”

I wonder how many of us are living first hand now? How much of our modern existence is hands on, in your face life? Not processed by a machine or another person’s interpretation of what we should be doing – not our partners or parents, our professors nor bosses, no matter how engaging that vision of us may be. We are excited to get hand-me down clothes or shoes – so why would we want a hand me down, second-hand life?

This is the time to ask yourself what you really want to do for ourselves – and our world – then make a plan to do, to be, to experience, to accomplish – to give, to share, to learn, to grow.

Audience: women’s groups, corporate retreats, writers’ conventions and students.

“The Journey is the Destination: A Traveler’s Guide”

I wonder how many of us are living first hand now? How much of our modern existence is hands on, in your face life? Not processed by a machine or another person’s interpretation of what we should be doing – not our partners or parents, our professors nor bosses, no matter how engaging that vision of us may be. We are excited to get hand-me down clothes or shoes – so why would we want a hand me down, second-hand life?

This is the time to ask yourself what you really want to do for ourselves – and our world – then make a plan to do, to be, to experience, to accomplish – to give, to share, to learn, to grow.

Audience: women’s groups, corporate retreats, writers’ conventions and students.

“Transform Yourself and the World Around You - the Creative Activist’s Journey”

I wonder how many of us are living first hand now? How much of our modern existence is hands on, in your face life? Not processed by a machine or another person’s interpretation of what we should be doing – not our partners or parents, our professors nor bosses, no matter how engaging that vision of us may be. We are excited to get hand-me down clothes or shoes – so why would we want a hand me down, second-hand life?

This is the time to ask yourself what you really want to do for ourselves – and our world – then make a plan to do, to be, to experience, to accomplish – to give, to share, to learn, to grow.

Audience: women’s groups, corporate retreats, writers’ conventions and students.

“Never Give In! Creating the Life of your Choice”

I wonder how many of us are living first hand now? How much of our modern existence is hands on, in your face life? Not processed by a machine or another person’s interpretation of what we should be doing – not our partners or parents, our professors nor bosses, no matter how engaging that vision of us may be. We are excited to get hand-me down clothes or shoes – so why would we want a hand me down, second-hand life?

This is the time to ask yourself what you really want to do for ourselves – and our world – then make a plan to do, to be, to experience, to accomplish – to give, to share, to learn, to grow.

Audience: women’s groups, corporate retreats, writers’ conventions and students.

“The Art of Life: Journaling your Way to Success”

I wonder how many of us are living first hand now? How much of our modern existence is hands on, in your face life? Not processed by a machine or another person’s interpretation of what we should be doing – not our partners or parents, our professors nor bosses, no matter how engaging that vision of us may be. We are excited to get hand-me down clothes or shoes – so why would we want a hand me down, second-hand life?

This is the time to ask yourself what you really want to do for ourselves – and our world – then make a plan to do, to be, to experience, to accomplish – to give, to share, to learn, to grow.

Audience: women’s groups, corporate retreats, writers’ conventions and students.

“Beyond My Wildest Dreams: Living in the Heart of Life”

I wonder how many of us are living first hand now? How much of our modern existence is hands on, in your face life? Not processed by a machine or another person’s interpretation of what we should be doing – not our partners or parents, our professors nor bosses, no matter how engaging that vision of us may be. We are excited to get hand-me down clothes or shoes – so why would we want a hand me down, second-hand life?

This is the time to ask yourself what you really want to do for ourselves – and our world – then make a plan to do, to be, to experience, to accomplish – to give, to share, to learn, to grow.

Audience: women’s groups, corporate retreats, writers’ conventions and students.

“Taking the Leap: Inspiring You to Live Fully and Love Much”

I wonder how many of us are living first hand now? How much of our modern existence is hands on, in your face life? Not processed by a machine or another person’s interpretation of what we should be doing – not our partners or parents, our professors nor bosses, no matter how engaging that vision of us may be. We are excited to get hand-me down clothes or shoes – so why would we want a hand me down, second-hand life?

This is the time to ask yourself what you really want to do for ourselves – and our world – then make a plan to do, to be, to experience, to accomplish – to give, to share, to learn, to grow.

Audience: women’s groups, corporate retreats, writers’ conventions and students.

Presentation Materials

Keynote Presentation featuring photos, drawings and media clips.

“The Journey is the Destination” – Award-winning featured film about the life of Dan Eldon (Run time: 2:03:00).

Selection of books available for sale – including “In the Heart of Life,” “The Journey is the Destination,” “Catcher Series” and others.

An easy-to-erect “Pop-up” gallery of Dan’s collages is also available for galleries, stores and other public spaces.

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I was a young reporter when I first met Dan Eldon in Somalia. Now I have his picture on my office wall and look at it every day for inspiration. His mother has taken the tragedy of his death and transformed it into a powerful force for good.

ANDERSON COOPER
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Kathy Eldon inspires everyone she meets, from the elevator operator on the way up here– to heads of state and world leaders. She is my spiritual agent.

ROSIE O’DONNELL
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I want to thank you for the ways you have woken me up from ‘the mother slumber’, happily blind to anything that happens outside of my blissful home. Thank you for being wonderful and wonder full.”

“Kathy Eldon is one of the most inspirational people I know. She is the definition of forward motion.

JULIA ROBERTS

A Sampling of Presentations

• Emcee: UN Peace and Tolerance
• United Nations
• Sundance Film Festival
• American School in London
• The Freedom Forum: Washington DC
• University of Texas, Austin
• Boston College
• Boston University
• Wellesley College
• Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
• Union College: Convocation Speech
• Columbia University
• Cornell College
• Duke University
• European Freedom Forum (London)
• KCET (Women’s History Month)

• Overseas Press Club (OPC)
• Hamilton Gallery (London)
• Michigan School of Journalism
• Paley Center NYC
• Telluride Film Festival
• University of North Carolina
• Iowa Writers’ Workshop
• Invisible Children: “Dispatch Me” (before an audience of 7,000 people)
• Dedication of the Newseum (Washington, D.C.)
• TEDxTeen (Scholastic)
• TEDxOrangeCoast
• United Nations Premieres of Dying to Tell the Story and Soldiers of Peace, a Children’s Crusade
• Forbes: Power Redefined Women’s Summit

Publications

Articles about Kathy, her films, books, her children and Creative Visions have appeared in countless publications and syndicated newspapers in the United States and internationally.
Here is just a small selection of press received:

• Oprah Magazine
• The Washington Post
• Baltimore Sun
• Vanity Fair
• International Herald Tribune
• Time Magazine
• Newsweek

• The Hollywood Reporter
• Variety
• Elle
• Biography Magazine
• The New Yorker
• USA Today
• Los Angeles Times

• Boston Herald
• The Times of London
• Independent of London
• More Magazine
• Natural Health Magazine
• LA Confidential
• People Magazine

Kathy is a popular motivational speaker and has been profiled in a number of books including Arianna Huffington’s On Becoming Fearless, Katherine Martin’s Those Who Dare: Real People, Real Courage, Nancy Alspaugh, Marilyn Kentz and Mary Ann Halpin’s Fearless Women and 200 Women, by Geoff Blackwell and Ruth Hobday.

Radio and Television Appearances:

Kathy has been the subject of countless radio and television interviews in the US and abroad, a few of which are listed below:

• The Oprah Show (three times)
• Good Morning America
• NPR’s Morning Edition
• CNN International with Isha Sesay

• National Geographic Today Show
• ABC’s Saturday Morning Show
• Jane Pauley Show
• Rosie O’Donnell Show

• Hard Copy
• KTLA
• Late, Late Show
• Fox News Show

Kathy was named one of MSN’s

On the birthday of their grandfather, Nelson Mandela, in 2013, Kweku and Ndaba Mandela nominated Kathy for the George H.W. Bush “Points of Light” award. In 2014, Kathy was named the winner of the Unite4Humanity’s Inspiration Award in the Arts at a ceremony in the presence of President Bill Clinton and was given a grant for $25,000 for her foundation. Thanks to the PVBLIC Foundation, Kathy was awarded the 2015 Media for Social Impact Award at the United Nations. The EPIC Society awarded Kathy and Creative Visions their 2020 Impact Award.

Kathy was named one of MSN’s “10 Amazing Women You Have Never Heard Of,” together with Nobel Peace Prize winners Wangari Maathai and Jodi Williams. Kathy is a recipient of the Euro-American Women’s Council’s Artemis Goddess Award, the Wayuu Taya Foundation’s Award and was named a Purpose Prize Fellow. She and daughter Amy have also received the “Young Audiences, New York Children’s Award” for their work with young creative activists and in 2010, Kathy was honored as a Lifetime Television “Extraordinary Woman.” A Civic Ventures Purpose Prize Fellow, Kathy has also received the “Young Audiences New York Children’s Award” for her work with young creative activists.

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