Kathi is also the founder and CEO of a nonprofit organization, Serving Women Across Generations (SWAG). She is a co-author of 2 books, Daily Dose of Declarations, (A 365-Day Journey To Help You Declare Positive Affirmations Over your Life) and the Power of Sisterhood. She is active in a variety of Civic and Cultural organizations including Sisters 4 Sisters Network, Getting into Good Trouble Think Tank, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
We salute your passion and advocacy on social awareness topics such as mental health, self-care, and more. How did you come to this point of wanting to create panels and events to help others such as the Lady Boss Series?
Kathi: I feel that panels ensure there will be different viewpoints on the topics that were chosen. It helps the audience to gain a well-rounded perspective of the subject matter. By doing this I hope that the audience member may resonate with the speaker and have a one-on-one discussion. My panel of Lady Bosses was significant because I conducted a panel composed of 4 women under the age of 35 who were building their own empires. One had published a fashion magazine, one had developed and sold her brand of ice cream, one manufactured and sold her brand of lipstick and one was a successful event planner. These fabulous ladies proved that you can do it at any age.
There were a variety of ages in the room who benefitted from the knowledge and expertise in various areas of business. It was an excellent way to network. Founding a nonprofit organization has made me realize there are various opportunities to help others. There is much-unrecognized talent that my panel discussions and events allow them to be seen and heard. I want to make a difference in society.
What can we expect from the Women and Money event this November?
Kathi: In November I will have a virtual panel discussion on Women and Their Money. The panel discussion will include the history of women and the banking industry, budgets, retail shopping habits, investments, cryptocurrency, business startup opportunities, and financial management. I will have a selection of expert panel members that will provide the answers.
In addition to running a beloved nonprofit organization, you are also an author. Please tell us about some of your books and where we can find them.
I have co-authored 2 books: The Power of Sisterhood and the Daily Dose of Declarations A 365-Day Journey to Help You Declare Positive Affirmations Over your Life. You may order them directly from me via email. Kathimuh1@gmail.com
We are excited to learn about your journey as an award-winning actress. Congratulations, we heard that you soon will be receiving another award. Wow! What can you tell us about it?
Kathi: I am one of the top 10 DMV actresses who will receive an award at the World Music & Independent Film Festival (WMIFF) founded by June Daguiso. This is the 1st time the award will be given to the WMIFF Top DMV Actors & Actresses. This honor happens at the 14th Annual WMIFF Awards 2023 to be held on Saturday, April 1, 2023. “
What has been the most challenging acting role you’ve had to date? How did you overcome the challenge of this role?
Kathi: The most challenging role for me was playing a breast cancer survivor in a play entitled “The Mirror in Me”. I told the story of a woman who had faced the trauma of the discovery she has breast cancer. Her journey of pain, frustration, loneliness, and triumph. It was very emotional because my mother and sister-in-law experienced breast cancer. The role was challenging but I wanted the story to be told, I viewed interviews of women who had breast cancer so that I can hear their stories. I focused on the fact that I had a message to bring to women. My goal was to shine a light of hope for a cure for this dreaded disease.
What does being an actress mean to you?
Kathi: Being an actress is a fulfillment of a childhood dream. I have always enjoyed acting. My favorite toy was a Remco Showboat. It was a replica of a river steamboat complete with various scripts, scenery, and cardboard characters with plastic stands to move them around the stage., I revised the Wizard of Oz script and held the play for my 6th-grade class. I was in the drama club in High School and College. I tucked my dream away as I married and became a mother of five. Now that my children are grown, I am doing what I love.
What are you currently working on that we can be on the lookout for?
Kathi: I am currently working on several projects: various movies, tv series, and Public Service Announcements. I recently finished a comedy entitled Da Kickback. I expect that movie will be out this summer. It is hilarious. I am blessed and grateful to be booked and busy. In addition, I am in a Madness Monologue Competition that will be held on March 26.