Kathy Griffin was born in Chicago, IL and adored her parents. Unfortunately, her father, Albert, passed away when she was 10 years old leaving her mom, Pat, to be a single mother. Though Kathy’s time with her father was short, he positively impacted her by teaching her many valuable life lessons.
After her father’s death, life changed for young Kathy Griffin. Her father, who was her hero, was gone. Kathy admits that she never wanted for anything materialistically, but her mother’s corporate success came at a price of exhaustion which left her to be unknowingly, emotionally unavailable. As a result, Kathy started yearning for emotional connection more and more which led her to become a teen mother. “I wanted someone to love and love me back.” After her first doctor’s visit, the doctor called her mother and told her about the pregnancy. Her mother sat her down and asked her what she wanted to do. Kathy already knew that she was going to have this baby. With that being said, Pat made it very clear the road ahead would be tough and ultimately, Kathy and her child’s future was solely in Kathy’s hands. Kathy says “That was an awakening for me. At that moment, I went into ‘survival mode.’” Finding herself with only a G.E.D., Kathy was determined for her and her son to not become a statistic and made certain to find full time employment.
In 1994, Pat, Kathy’s mom passed away from Lymphoma cancer at the age of 52. Kathy beams with excitement when she recalls how Pat used to place her son, Chris, in the middle of her king size bed and say “Look at the king on his throne.” Kathy treasures the fond memories of her mother with her son.
Although the road to raising a successful young man was tougher on her own and even tougher when they lost Pat, Kathy has no regrets. In the course of writing her amazing American Dream Story, I was able to witness her interact with Chris, getting his approval on all the text and pictures before approving it for release to the public. It is plain to see the unbreakable bond they share. Chris has a very successful career in management and is a real estate investor. He is Kathy’s only child.
Kathy worked in the finance industry for many years, earning a very good income until the economic crash in 2007 found her suddenly unemployed. Her mother had always told her that “books were not her thing” and she knew that Kathy had an “entrepreneurial spirit” even as a young girl. That entrepreneurial spirit came to life in 2008, when she decided to start her own Event Management business. Kathy was able to establish firm connections with major corporations, that found her managing and executing events for thousands of people in the Chicagoland area.
That business and lifestyle was interrupted in 2013 when her sister suddenly passed away leaving behind three teen nieces in Atlanta. Without hesitation, Kathy moved to Atlanta and spent 2 years helping her nieces by providing stability. It was of utmost importance for her to be there for her nieces. She knew from losing both of her parents, “how everyone is there for the funeral event, but there’s no one there when it’s time to put life back together.” Her presence in their lives made all the difference to their emotional healing and that was made very clear by her niece, Theresa, who won an essay contest by telling that story. That video, which can be found on You Tube, is testimony to what that sacrifice did for her nieces. The video entitled “Honoring a Hero essay winner” can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/ibAp7jEMUH0.
Once she knew that they were in a good place, Kathy moved back to Chicago and found herself at a cross roads and living with her son. “By Chris allowing me to come into his house, he gave me the opportunity to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. This time allowed me the opportunity to become a full time Entrepreneur.” Taking a full-time job that was totally unfulfilling, Kathy decided to make the jump into becoming a full time Entrepreneur in June 2016.
One facet of Kathy’s life that has made a tremendous impact on her is her consistent volunteer service. It was in volunteering that her passion for people was ignited. It also helped to sharpen her attention to detail and her pursuit of excellence. Her volunteer service has spanned 20 years at her local church and continues today.
In March 2017, Kathy received a call about a business opportunity with Nspire Network and the Now We No campaign. The Now We No campaign is informing men and women all over the world about the harmful effects that some of today’s sanitary napkins and tampons may have on women’s bodies. It is the brainchild of Nspire Network’s founders and is consistent with the philosophy of being mission-driven people. The Now We No movement has partnered with women’s organizations and awareness groups to host 5k walks, bike rides, and basketball games to bring awareness to this potentially life-threatening issue.
Nspire Network is proud to offer Cherish Premium Sanitary Napkins to the world as a safer, more comfortable option than what is currently available on the market today. Nspire is committed to developing first-class nutritional and wellness products, while simultaneously creating an awareness and a mission that educates individuals to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Once women (and men) know better, they can now say NO!
Kathy is very passionate about this business campaign.
Please visit her website TAKECAREOFYOUNOW.COM
POWER NETWORKING CLUB
On May 15th, 2018, Kathy attended a networking lunch event in Downers Grove, where Tom Jikomes was the featured speaker. Kathy heard Tom speak about his personal story that included the creation of the Power Networking Club.
“The Club” has evolved with the speed of a “fast moving train,” as Kathy put it, after watching what has happened to her business in just the first 2 weeks since she met Tom at that networking lunch in Downers Grove. “Tom called me at 8 AM the day after I met him. He made sure I was attending the Power Networking Club lunch the day after that. Once I attended the lunch, I knew I was all in and even made the decision to join their Ambit Energy Team. Once I grasped the concept that “The Club” would help me and support me 100% in every aspect of my business life, I was introduced to the Ambit Team Leader. I just knew I was in the right place at the right time with the right people.”
“I am so blessed to be where I am today. After a life filled with many obstacles and challenges, my ultimate reward is knowing that my son is a well-rounded, successful man. Now that I have entered my 50’s, I am in the best place of my life. I know who I am and I know what I want. I enjoy being an entrepreneur and the ability to create financial freedom not only for myself but, for others, as well. I’m determined to leave a legacy for my family.”
“I thank you for taking the time to read MY AMERICAN DREAM STORY. I am looking forward to building my business. If you have the desire to become an entrepreneur or you already have a business, I’m personally inviting you to attend one of our Power Networking Club lunches throughout the Chicagoland area. Come feel the ‘power’ for yourself! The Club is like nothing I have ever experienced before. It is a “family” of entrepreneurs truly concerned about one another. With the system in place here, you cannot fail. However, please make sure that you’re ready for it. It’s a fast-moving train and you have to be ready to really apply yourself. If you do your part, we’ll help and support you 100%. We are all accountable and all very hard-working entrepreneurs. I’m confident that with integrity, hard work and determination, you too can achieve all your dreams! God bless you on your journey and I hope to meet you soon!”