Catalyst For Thought, a nonprofit organization that helps entrepreneurs develop their ideas, will feature entrepreneur Kathy Ireland at its next SYNC event Wednesday at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort.
Ireland, a Santa Barbara native, retired supermodel and founder of kathy ireland Worldwide, will discuss overcoming rejection and challenges in business, how to cater to one’s clients and starting simple by focusing on a niche.
“As a woman in business it’s always an amazing opportunity to be inspired by other business leaders, especially a woman who does it with such class and intelligence,” Catalyst For Thought founder Chrissy Deferville said.
Ireland left her modeling career to start a design and marketing firm that began with a pair of socks in 1993 and has grown to a $1.5 billion company, according to Forbes. kathy ireland Worldwide designs and markets more than 45,000 stock-keeping units that are sold in more than 50 countries.
The company’s products include furniture, clothing accessories, skin care, real estate, music and publishing. Ireland is one of the 20 Best-Branded Women on Twitter and the No. 28 most powerfully licensed brand in the world, according to License Global Magazine.
A cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Ireland will speak at 7 p.m. in the Reagan Room at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd.
Tickets are $15 with an online RSPV or $20 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets online.
Net proceeds from Wednesday’s program will benefit the Alliance for Christian Education.
The event’s lead sponsor is Davies. Other sponsors include Noozhawk; AMS Entertainment; Avalan Wealth Management; Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf LLP; the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College; HUB International; Inn of the Spanish Garden; LBPS Events; Pepperdine University’s Graziado School of Business & Management; Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell; and the Santa Barbara Independent.