Kathy Ireland first gained recognition as a supermodel, but today she is respected for her design talents and business acumen as CEO and Chief Designer of Kathy Ireland Worldwide. Ireland, independent and strong-minded, has an entrepreneurial drive coupled with the desire to break free of the skewed standards of the modeling business, that gave her the impetus she needed to start her own company. Her billion-dollar business began with a line of socks, then apparel, and today it extends into home furnishings, flooring, and accessories designed for women like herself — busy moms whose top priority is taking care of their families. She also dedicates her energy to a wide range of nonprofit organizations, many of them dedicated to improving the lives of women and children.
Powerful Inspirations reveals the sources of Kathy’s strengths and enthusiasm, through insightful lessons that form a life-changing plan for her readers. In sharing her plan, Ireland also tells stories from her life, describing her close-knit family, the work ethic her parents taught her, and the sense of compassion they instilled in her. She offers an intimate portrait of her inner life and her spiritual growth, writing movingly of the support and comfort she has found in the Bible and other Christian teachings. She writes movingly of her failures and the lessons she’s learned while triumphing over them. Kathy’s account of her journey from the beaches of Santa Barbara to the boardroom, from supermodel to successful businesswoman provides readers the inspiration and encouragement to create a rich and rewarding life for themselves.
Kathy Ireland is one of America's most accomplished entrepreneurial CEOs. She is the recipient of the Businesswoman of the Year Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners and will receive an Outstanding Mother of the Year Award for 2002 from the National Mother’s Day Committee. Her brand recently garnered the legendary Good Housekeeping Seal for consumer excellence. She lives in California with her husband, Greg, and their two children, Erik and Lily.
"I HAVE always KNOWN Kathy to be a wonderful role model in her work with CHILDREN. Now, I see what a great teacher she is. In her book, she offers not only inspiration, but also insight and tips that will help anyone succeed in life."
—Shaquille O'Neal, Two-time NBA MVP and member of the 2000 & 2001 Championship Lakers Team
“Kathy's beautiful faith and her new book are powerful inspirations for daily living.”
—Rev. Robert Schuller, Hour of Power/Crystal Cathedral Ministries
“Kathy Ireland not only possesses immense personal gifts and admirable public achievements but, more importantly, [she is] a woman who guides by example and urges us to help and empower others. Follow her leadership you who are pioneers for change.”
—Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder of the Special Olympics
"The strength of her character and faith, from which she draws her inspiration, is beyond reproach. Her 'lessons for living' help all of us to envision the potential of extraordinary results in ordinary circumstances" —Bill Cosby
"I'm so grateful to Kathy for sharing how she remains so grounded with all her success. I share her commitment to faith and family. Her book speaks from experience and you can't help but admire her inner strength. You too can learn and benefit from her lessons on life."
—Jessica Simpson, Multi Platinum Columbia Recording Artist
"Kathy has written an enlightening book that will help busy moms feel a sense of empowerment. I have known Kathy for many years and she is truly one of the most genuine people I know. I have only admiration for the way she balances both motherhood and her busy career.” —Jaclyn Smith
"This is one book that delivers on its promise. The lessons that changed Kathy Ireland's life are great truths that can change ours as well. Powerful Inspirations is a powerful reminder that the most beautiful thing about Kathy is her heart and her integrity."
—Martha Williamson, Executive Producer Touched By An Angel
“Kathy Ireland is a very centered and inspiring person. Her bravery, creativity and strong Christian faith are the keys to her success in her personal life and her career and they guide the principles of this book.”
—Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., 8 Time Grammy Winning Recording Artists
"I truly enjoyed reading Kathy's Powerful Inspirations. The honesty and personal experiences she shares in developing these eight principles were touching, entertaining, and thoughtful. You will definitely take something away from this book that you can use!"
—Bruce P. Green, Pastor, Harvest Christian Fellowship