Kathy has been profiled in a number of books including Arianna Huffington’s “On Becoming Fearless,” “Those Who Dare: Real People, Real Courage” and “Fearless Women.” Kathy was named one of MSN’s “10 Amazing Women You Have Never Heard Of,” together with Nobel Peace Prize winners Wangari Mathai and Jodi Williams. The Euro-American Women’s Council awarded her the Artemis Goddess Award for her work with young creative activists, and she was named a Civic Ventures Purpose Prize Fellow for her work with youth. Kathy is also the recipient of the Wayu Taya Award. 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 of $25,000 for her foundation.
Kathy launched Creative Visions Productions in 1990 to produce commercially viable, socially conscious media. In 1992 CVP co-produced a feature film, “Lost in Africa,” about elephant conservation. Kathy has also produced acclaimed documentaries including Emmy-nominated “Dying to Tell the Story,” focusing on journalists at risk (1997); an acclaimed CNN special, “Soldiers of Peace, a children’s Crusade,” about the Children’s Peace Movement in Colombia; “Global Tribe,” a three-part series for young people about social entrepreneurs for PBS; an OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) special, “Extraordinary Moms,” featuring Hillary Clinton, Julia Roberts, Christiane Amanpour and Rosie O’Donnell, about the power of mothers to change our world. She is currently producing “Best Care Possible,” a PBS special with WETA about palliative and hospice care in America, and “Journey,” a feature about her son Dan, written by Jan Sardi (“Shine”), which stars Douglas Booth (“Noah,” “Romeo and Juliet”) and will be directed by Bronwen Hughes (“Stander”).
Kathy was a free-lance journalist with Kenya’s largest English-language newspaper from 1980-1988, and was the editor of the Kenya Airways Magazine, “Msafiri” for six years. She was a prolific contributor to many publications with regular columns in Executive Magazine and the Diner’s Club Magazine. Kathy is the author of 17 books, including: “Angel Catcher: A Journal of Loss and Remembrance” (2007), “In the Heart of Life: A Memoir” (2013), “The Journey is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon” (2011), “Dan Eldon: The Art of Life” (2001), “Soul Catcher: A Journal to Help You Become Who You Really Are” (1999), “Down the Mississippi” (2014), “Down the Mississippi: A Modern-day Huck on America’s River Road” (2012), “Love Catcher: Inviting Love into Your Life” (2005), “Specialities of the House from Kenya’s Finest Restaurants” (1989), and “Epicurean Delights: Tastes of Kenya” (1987).