Founder, Creative Visions Foundation
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a graduate of Wellesley Collage, Kathy has worked as a teacher, journalist, author and film and television producer in England, Africa and the United States. In 1997, Kathy launched Creative Visions, a 501(c)3 organization that supports “creative activists” who use media and the arts for social impact. CV was inspired by the life of Kathy’s son, Dan Eldon – artist, adventurer and activist – who was killed in 1993 while on assignment for Reuters in Somalia. Since 2004, CV has incubated more than 260 projects and productions on five continents, impacting over 100 million people.
Kathy is also the Founder of Creative Visions Productions, which has produced award-winning films including Dying to Tell the Story, a TBS special about journalists at risk; Soldiers of Peace, a Children’s Crusade, a CNN documentary featuring the Children’s Peace Movement in Colombia, and Global Tribe, a PBS series about grassroots social entrepreneurs. Global Tribe inspired Rock Your World, a popular CV educational program based on the Declaration of Human Rights used in 25,000 schools by 29,000 teachers and 700,000 middle and high school children in 72 countries.
Kathy and Julia Roberts Exec-produced Extraordinary Moms, a CV special for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) featuring then-Secretary of Stat Hillary Clinton, Rosie O’Donnell and Christiane Amanpour. Kathy also produced The Journey is the Destination, a feature film about her son Dan, directed by Bronwen Hughes (Harriet the Spy, Forces of Nature, Stander.) Journey was selected for a coveted gala premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
Kathy is the author of 17 books, including popular cookbooks, eating and travel guides, and her new memoir, In the Heart of Life, published by Harper One. Together with her daughter Amy, she has written a series of popular self-guided “Catcher” journals focusing on recovering from grief, finding your soul’s purpose and bringing more love into your life. She is also the editor of The Journey is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon, a collection of her son’s journal pages, published by Chronicle Books.
Kathy was featured in Arianna Huffington’s book, On Becoming Fearless, and in Those Who Dare: Real People, Real Courage; Ren Women, and Fearless Women. Kathy was selected as one of MSN’s “10 Amazing Women You Have Never Heard Of,” together with Nobel Peace Prize winners Wangari Mathai and Jodi Williams. Kweku Mandela nominated Kathy for a George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light Award on his grandfather’s last birthday; she was named the winner of the Unite4Humanity’s $25,000 Inspiration Awards in the Arts at a ceremony in the presence of President Bill Clinton, and the PVBLIC Foundation chose her for their 2015 Media for Social Impact Award at the United Nations. Los Angeles Confidential Magazine named Kathy and Maria Bello as one of “Los Angeles’ Most Influential Female Power Duos.”
Kathy has been featured on countless television and radio programs, including several appearances on Oprah and a segment on Oprah’s “Producer’s Favorites.” She is a sought-after public speaker who has given three TEDx talks, including “The F-Word Transformed,” about the power of forgiveness.
Kathy lives in Malibu with her husband, Michael Bedner, founder of HBA Design, next to the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism, a vibrant hub of creative activism.