“Set your sights firmly on your own star.

You are the captain of your ship. You hold the compass.” 

Kathy Eldon

Author, Lecturer, Film & Television Producer

Kathy speaking at the Points of Light Conference in Atlanta in June 2014 in front of 4,000 people

Kathy speaking at the Points of Light Conference in Atlanta in June 2014 in front of 4,000 people
AUDIENCE COMMENTS

“TERRIFIC, TERRIFIC, TERRIFIC!”

“An inspirational example of a woman who has taken the hardships of life and has used them as fuel for creative energy- a worthy role model!”

“The energy and optimism she brought is wonderful, contagious and inspiring!”

“Dynamite, from the heart!”

“Very inspirational to all who dream- follow the vision.”

“She has so much to say! And such marvelous energy!”

“How can I begin to enumerate all that she has given us?”

“SO inspirational- WOW!”

“Fabulous speaker! Joy.”

“Dynamic! High energy, motivational, great speaker!”

“Inspiring! Also practical and informative. She gave specific suggestions”

“Grateful for your energy, wisdom and enthusiasm!”

“Wonderfully empowering”

Kathy Eldon is an award winning, internationally acclaimed lecturer, writer, activist, journalist, television and film producer who galvanizes audiences with her passionate belief that each and every individual can experience a rich and fulfilling life as “an active soul”.  Drawing on the extremes of her own life, with wit, humor, and passion, Kathy awakens people to their full potential, convincing them of their power to soar.

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 hope and renewal.  Her moving speeches, illustrated with award winning film clips and peppered with humor, interweave her own story with universal themes of love, forgiveness and redemption.

Kathy Eldon is a popular and inspiring speaker who 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 are captivated by Kathy’s message to “know thyself”, and leave her events believing in their own power to overcome adversity and to live the life of their choice.

LECTURE TOPICS

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Kathy has a variety of speeches appropriate for different types of audiences

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

Winston’s Churchill’s immortal words provided inspiration for Great Britain during World War II. They also supported Kathy during major crises in her life – a divorce, a devastating illness, and the tragic murder of her son.  In a moving speech illustrated with film clips, illuminated with humor, and laced with wisdom, Kathy, now an acclaimed filmmaker and best selling author, tells her remarkable story, inspiring audiences to believe there is nothing that one cannot do.

Audience: students, authors, artists, educators, female entrepreneurs, journalists, world peace agencies, political institutions, community organizations, business leaders, arm chair travelers, adventurers and philanthropists.

2. “The Gift of Grieving: Transforming Tragedy into Hope”

We are all affected by loss. We lose a job, our kids leave home, parents pass on and friends move away. Kathy tells the story of how she transformed her loss into a powerful force that energized both her personal and professional life. Using clips from her award-winning films and images from her best-selling Angel Catcher guided journal, Kathy captivates audiences with her compelling message of hope and inspiration, and offers an entertaining and enlightening look at our never-ending potential for joy.

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

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

When Kathy was faced with hardships in her life, she wrote in her journal and discovered a seemingly limitless source of creativity and courage within her.  Her collection of black bound journals became the foundation for an abundant and joyous life, as well as a series of documentaries and best-selling guided journals, Soul Catcher, Angel Catcher and Love Catcher. In a lively speech packed with film clips, drawings and doodles, Kathy, offers insight and practical tools for anyone interested in achieving his, or her potential, both for ourselves as individuals – and for the world as a whole.

Audience:  keynote speeches for corporations, foundations, universities, schools, and motivational events.

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

Explorer, adventurer, humanitarian, and young Reuter’s war photographer, Dan Eldon lived life to the fullest having traveled to more than 50 countries, attending four colleges, and studying five languages – all by the age of 22.  Stoned to death by an angry mob while on assignment in Somalia, Dan left behind l7 bulging black bound books detailing his many adventures.  Kathy collected pages of his journals and transformed them into a book entitled The Journey is the Destination, inspiring millions around the world.  In a stunning media-rich presentation, she tells his story and explains how each of us can live more fully, while impacting ourselves and others positively.

Audience:  keynote speeches for corporations, foundations, university convocations, middle and high schools, conferences and motivational events.

5. “Beyond My Wildest Dreams:  Finding Home in Hollywood”

In a delightful multi-media presentation liberally laced with wit, wisdom and moving film clips, Kathy Eldon describes her extraordinary journey, an action-packed “safari” which took her from a small town in Iowa to an exotic life in England, Africa, and now Hollywood. Kathy tells how she transformed the challenging obstacles she met along the way (including the horrific murder of her son) into opportunities for creative growth and new purpose. Her remarkable story of triumph over tragedy offers hope and encouragement to all who yearn to transform their lives into an exciting “safari of the soul”.

Audience: keynote speeches for corporations, foundations, universities, middle and high schools and motivational events.

6. “Transform Yourself and the World Around You—the Creative Activist’s Journey”

Kathy takes audiences on a rollicking journey that brings life to her remarkable story of transformation.  It depicts how she worked with others whom she supported through her foundation to impact the world around them.  This presentation includes a workshop that will share the principles embodied in the “Creative Activists’s Toolkit,” that has determined the basis of countless successful projects launched by individuals who believe in the “Power of One” to create positive change.

Audience:  This inspiring speech is appropriate for all audiences.

7. “Taking the Leap: Inspiring You to Take a Leap and Live Life ON”

Have you ever felt drawn to change the world or change yourself, but never felt brave enough to take the leap to actually make it happen? Have you ever felt inspired to make a difference, but have no idea where to start? In this compelling speech, Kathy teaches us how to take flight and how testing her limits, acting courageously, and taking responsibility revitalized her life.

Audience: Motivational events, middle and high school students, those looking for a change, for the young and the young at heart

PRESENTATION MATERIALS

  • The Journey Is The Destination: Both 60 or 90 minute versions are available of this moving, Emmy-nominated, TBS Special about Journalists at Risk
  • The Art of Life: Dan Eldon in Africa: l5-minute award winning CNN film (can be viewed on Youtube.com)
  • Dan Eldon: Safari as a Way of Life:  A moving 45-minute National Geographic film
  • Current Television: a 9 minute overview of the Creative Visions Foundation (can be viewed on Youtube.com)
  • Soldiers of Peace: a powerful and uplifting 45 minute CNN Film about the Children’s Peace Movement in Colombia
  • Dan Eldon: Art, AdventurerActivist. A stunning traveling exhibition of Dan Eldon’s journal pages and photography is available for museums and galleries.
  • An easy-to-erect “Pop-up” Gallery of Dan’s collages is also available for galleries, stores and other public spaces.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT KATHY ELDON

“Kathy Eldon is a powerhouse who has turned her own personal tragedy into a mega blast of creative energy and vision. She believes everyone can be a force for positive change as long as they do what they do. . . with conviction.”

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR

“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

“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 advisor.”

ROSIE O’DONNELL

“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

“I have been involved with the Overseas Press Club for more than a decade and I would say that Kathy Eldon on that night was the bravest, most eloquent and moving speaker I heard over all those years. She found the courage…to hearten us to accept responsibility for lifting the consciousness of this world and to galvanize individuals to action. Kathy is enormously sensitive and articulate, she is the best kind of person we have. Needless to say, her presentation was well received.”

LARRY SMITH, MANAGING EDITOR at PARADE MAGAZINE

“Her words flow smoothly. Her eloquence pours through a crucible of sadness and grief. She is both tough and tender, ingenuous and savvy.”

TOM CURWEN, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“I can’t call what you did ‘remarks’ or ‘speech’ because it was something beyond technique or category: sheer direct impact, person upon person…I happened to glance at Dan Rather’s face and it must have bee a mirror of mine. He was fighting to control his emotions, as was I.

JOSEPH MEHAN, PROFESSOR at COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

“No one can remember a greater display of courage…I can almost guarantee that lives were changed this morning.”

CLAYTON W. LEWIS, PRINCIPAL at THE AMERICAN SCHOOL IN LONDON

“Her presence at the podium is charismatic and powerful…She is at ease, composed and above all else personable, all characteristics she projects as comfortably to hundreds as she does one-on-one”

VINCENT ALABISO, VP at THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

“Students were fired up about the issues raised in “Dying To Tell the Story” and in the discussion afterwards:  global conflict and citizenship, photographic testimony and historical evidence. Most of all, they wanted to talk about how their own lives intersect with world issues, and how their professional and personal lives can impact those issues.  Kathy Eldon a wonderful speech, tied to crucial, relevant topics.”

MAJORIE FELD, PROFESSOR at BABSON COLLEGE

“Your talk and actions inspired me to go out and try to live as an “active soul.”

JACOB DONNELLY, STUDENT at BABSON COLLEGE

 “Powerful and inspiring talk – it was such a perfect piece for our closing plenary.”

TRACY HOOVER, PRESIDENT at POINTS OF LIGHT

“Your closing plenary session was nothing short of incredible.  Your authentic passion and graceful story-telling of turning terrible tragedy into something powerful for the world was transformational.”

AMY SMITH, CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICE AND PRESIDENT at ACTION NETWORKS

A SAMPLING OF EXHIBITONS/SYMPOSIA/SPEECHES

Lawrenceville Academy                                    Emcee: UN Peace and Tolerance

United Nations                                                    Awards

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             Colombia University

Cornell College                                                    Snap Orlando

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                          Pima Writers Conference

Telluride Film Festival                                     Traveling Women Luncheon (LA)

Sundance Film Festival                                   Babson College

Invisible Children: “Dispatch Me”—(before an audience of 7000 people)

Dedication of the Newseum (Washington D.C.)

Alleghany College                                            Hollywood Improv

Union College                                                   IAB MIXX Conference on Digital Media

TED x Teens—Scholastic                              United Nations: Premiers of Dying to tell        the Story, Soldiers of Peace, a Children’s Crusade

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

Oprah Magazine                                          The Washington Post

Baltimore Sun                                               Vanity Fair

International Herald Tribune                  Time Magazine

Newsweek                                                      People Magazine

Boston Herald                                              The Times of London

Independent of London                             The Hollywood Reporter

Variety                                                            Elle

Biography Magazine                                  The New Yorker

USA Today                                                    Los Angeles Times

More Magazine                                            Natural Health Magazine

LA Confidential

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”, and Nancy Alspaugh, Marilyn Kentz, and Mary Ann Halpin’s “Fearless Women.”

RADIO AND TELEVISION APPEARANCES

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

The Oprah Show (three times)                  Jane Pauley Show

Good Morning America                               Rosie O’Donnell Show

NPR’s Morning Edition                               Hard Copy

CNN To The Point                                          Jane Pauley Show

National Geographic Today Show            Late, Late Show

ABC’s Saturday Morning Show                 Fox News Show

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Kathy pictured above receiving the 2015 Media for Social Impact Award at the UN

HONORS AND AWARDS

Kathy was named one of MSN’s “10 Amazing Women You Have Never Heard Of,” together with Nobel Peace Prize winners Wangaari Mathai 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.”

Together with Julia Roberts, Kathy exec-produced “Extraordinary Moms,” for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) about the power of mothers to transform the world. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rosie O’Donnell and Christiane Amanpour are among those featured in the Mother’s Day special. Currently in development is “Prized Women,” a series with the Nobel Women’s Initiative about the nine living women Nobel Peace Prize winners; “State of Grace,” a series about death and dying in America, and “Journey,” a feature film about Dan, written by Jan Sardi (“Shine”), directed by Bronwen Hughes (“Harriet the Spy,” “Forces of Nature,” “Stander.”)

A Civic Ventures Purpose Prize Fellow, Kathy has also received the Euro-American Women’s Council’s Artemis Goddess Award, the Waya Taya Foundation’s Award and the “Young Audiences New York Children’s Award” for her work with young creative activists.

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.

Kathy hosts “Caught in the Act”, a Huffington Post video blog that features dynamic creative activists, and has herself been featured in countless articles and on countless television and radio programs globally, including several appearances on Oprah and a segment featured on Oprah’s “Producer’s Favorites.” Kathy has served on the board of the Overseas Press Club Foundation, and is currently on the board of Video Volunteers and CALL2ACTION. Kathy lives in Malibu, near the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism, global headquarters for the Creative Visions Foundation and Productions and a vibrant hub for creative activists who are changing the world around them.

Bio

Raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and educated at Wellesley College, Kathy Eldon has worked as a teacher, journalist, author, film and television producer in England, Africa and the United States. She and her daughter Amy Eldon Turteltaub are co-founders of Creative Visions Foundation, a global organization that supports “creative activists” who their creative talents to change the world around them. Creative Visions Foundation was inspired by the life of Kathy’s son, Dan Eldon — artist, adventurer and activist — killed in 1993 while on assignment for Reuters News Agency in Somalia. CVF has assisted more than 100 artists, filmmakers, playwrights, leaders of social movements on five continents who use media and the arts as vehicles of social change.

Kathy is also the founder of Creative Visions Productions, which produces socially conscious films, including “Dying to tell the Story”, a TBS special about about front line correspondents hosted by Amy; “Soldiers of Peace, a Children’s Crusade, a CNN film profiling the Children’s Peace Movement in Colombia, and “Global Tribe,” a cutting edge PBS series hosted by Amy featuring grass-roots creative activists. Together with Julia Roberts, Kathy is the Executive Producer of “Extraordinary Moms,” a special for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) about the power of mothers to transform the world. Included in the show are Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rosie O’Donnell, Christiane Amanpour and three less famous, not no less incredible mothers.  Currently in development is “Prized Women,” a series with the Nobel Women’s Initiative about the seven living Nobel Peace Prize winners, and “State of Grace, Dying in America.”Creative Visions Productions is producing “Journey,” a feature film about Dan, directed by Bronwen Hughes (“Harriet the Spy,” “Forces of Nature,” “Stander.”)

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Kathy is the author of 17 books, including Angel Catcher, Soul Catcher, and Love Catcher (Chronicle), a series of popular self-guided journals written with her daughter Amy Eldon that help people negotiate loss and grief, find their purpose and introduce more love in their lives. Kathy edited the acclaimed collection of Dan’s journals, Journey is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon (Chronicle), and has also written a variety of popular cookbooks, eating out guides and children’s social history books.  In 2013, Harper One published her memoir, In the Heart of Life.

 

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. Some of her other awards include the Euro-American Women’s Council’s Artemis Goddess Award, the Way Taya Foundation’s Award and the “Young Audiences New York Children’s Award” for her work with young creative activists. Kathy was also named a Civic Ventures Purpose Prize Fellow.  On Nelson Mandela’s Birthday in 2013, Kweku and Ndaba Mandela nominated Kathy for the George H.W. Bush “Points of Light” award and in February, 2014, Kathy was awarded a grant of $25,000 after being named the winner of the Unite4Humanity’s Inspiration Award in the Arts at a ceremony in the presence of President Bill Clinton.  Thanks to the PVBLIC Foundation, Kathy was awarded the 2015 Media for Social Impact Award at the United Nations.  Los Angeles Confidential Magazine named Kathy one of Los Angeles’ Most Influential Female Power Duos with actress and activist Maria Bello.

Kathy hosts “Caught in the Act”, a Huffington Post video blog that features dynamic creative activists- and has herself been featured on countless television and radio programs globally, including several appearances on Oprah and a segment featuredon Oprah’s “Producer’s Favorites.” Kathy, a popular motivational speaker, has served on the board of the Overseas Press Club Foundation and is currently on the board of Video Volunteers and CALL2ACTION. She lives in Malibu next to the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism, a vibrant hub for individuals who want to help change their bit of the world.

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