"Revolutionaries come in all different types of packages" ~ Kathy LeMay
Kathy LeMay is one of those women whom you instantly feel connected to. She has the ability to bring out the authentic nature of "you" and models the essence of what a true sister should be. She is humble, sharp and hilarious. We were fortunate to connect with Kathy last April at our 2nd Annual Passion Into Action Women's Conference. We read about her inspiring story in Nina Simons' new book "Moonrise" and both agreed that we should to invite Kathy to speak at our conference." I had never met her or spoken to her, I just had a feeling that she should come.
Kathy is an extraordinary woman who at the young age of 41 years old is a true trailblazer for creating substantial social change. Not only is she redefining philanthropy, recognizing that all of us have the ability to give and serve without millions, but she also established the organization Raising Change to help find funding for organizations and individuals who want to make a difference. She has since raised 150 million dollars and has traveled across the world to help provide a platform for the voices of thousands of women.
During her Passion Into Action keynote presentation she shared the inspiration behind her purpose, words of wisdom from two of her favorite women, her mother and grandmother and the lessons learned from her journey to Bosnia and the philanthropists she has partnered with. Kathy's story enables us to look outside the box when it comes to people and fundraising. She says that "what I learned in how to fundraise is that if I show up as me, I open up the possibility for the woman I'm sitting across from. If I show up and want a check from her I am no different than any multinational corporation who has no regard for another person. Either I see her humanity or I don't. That is all on me. Once upon a time people did not see my humanity because I had nothing and I was doing the same thing to people of wealth that had been done to me."
Join us on KVMR on See Jane Do Wednesday June 1st, 2011 at 1:00 PM PST to hear Kathy's life-changing speech. We'll also feature special guests who will share their Passion Into Action follow up including Alice Halford who will debut her new song, Permission to Proceed (inspired by the conference).
Kathy is the founder of Raising Change and the author of The Generosity Plan.