Kathryn Cloward is a motivational and inspirational messenger who speaks authentically and mindfully from experience to help elevate others to heightened levels of personal and professional greatness.

Award-winning book series author, performing songwriter, speaker, and altruistic serial-entrepreneur, Kathryn Cloward is a dynamic and vibrant personality who motivates and inspires audiences with her engaging and candid talks. Whether drawing from over 18 years of risk-taking entrepreneurial experience and business ownership or the wisdom gained through transformational and intuitively guided living, Kathryn delivers messages that empower audiences to shine their unique light into the world.

With over two decades of public speaking experience and a heart for connecting deeply with others, Kathryn has an uncanny ability to engage and impact audiences of all ages through her straightforward, animated, and vulnerable approach. From earning a Top Speaker Award at a forensic debate tournament while in college to leading corporate business development seminars, from conducting school-wide assemblies to being a TEDx speaker, and having shared her messages on internet radio through her show The Ripple Effect® with Kathryn Cloward and producing two seasons of the student hosted Kathryn the Grape’s Magical Hour, Kathryn has consistently been dedicated to lending her voice to helping energize others to take action to pursue their dreams and achieve heightened levels of personal and professional greatness.

Kathryn is passionate about cultivating an expansive positive ripple effect of personal and global transformation through heart-centered mindful media. She has earned national praise for her award-winning Kathryn the Grape® Affirmation Series of books and music. Through her illustrated likeness, Kathryn shares engaging and insightful stories and songs with positive and empowering messages for people of all ages. The series has earned over a dozen national level awards, as well as her hometown’s 2017 Best Children’s Fiction Book for “Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti” by the San Diego Book Association Awards.  

An authentic and resonate lyrical storytelling, Kathryn launched into the music industry in 2015 with a double CD release of “Free to Fly” and “A Soft Place to Fall,” followed by her second double CD release two years later of “Ripple Love” and “Secret Keeper.” Her award-winning prolific songwriting reveals a full spectrum of life experiences that’s relatable to many people from all walks of life. Together with her Kathryn Cloward Band, she enjoys performing in intimate venues as well as large stage shows including headlining multiple times at the acclaimed Belly Up and opening for 80’s icon Tiffany at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go.

With a consistent track record of being a visionary serial-entrepreneur of altruistic companies — growing her first company to achieve multimillion-dollar gross annual sales — it was a natural choice for Kathryn to independently publish and produce her media through her company, Kandon Unlimited, Inc. Having been recognized throughout her career for inspirational and purposeful endeavors, notably Kathryn was honored in 2010 with San Diego Metro’s Top 40 Under 40 Award and Speak for Success’ Women Changing the World Inspirational Woman Award, and she’s been nominated twice for San Diego Magazine’s Women of the Year Award (2012 and 2017).

Most recently, Kathryn has streamlined her heart for helping others into founding Kandon Cares, a charitable organization purposeful about creating and supporting mindful art and music education, expression, and advocacy. Through Songs for Charity and Ripple Love Movement, Kandon Cares is intent to ripple love, compassion, and unity throughout the world.

When she is not writing, performing, or speaking at events, Kathryn enjoys going for long walks, spending time with her family and friends, and exploring with her son, Landon.


If your group is looking for someone who can speak from experience and provide relatable, tangible, and candid examples of growing professionally and personally, Kathryn is the natural fit. I am confident your audience will appreciate her memorable presentation as much as ours did.

Gabriela Dow

Managing Partner, Mora Dow Consulting

Testimonials from the Audience:

“Kathryn Cloward is one of the most amazing, powerful, motivational speakers I have ever met.  I wanted to personally engage successful women entrepreneurs who were fulfilling their passion.  This conference provided profound perspectives on how to initiate a business as an entrepreneur, but the most captivating speaker was Kathryn Cloward.  Her message was transformational and inspiring as it empowered me with clarity and provided the necessary tools I needed.  Kathryn’s speech reinvigorated my passion! Her authenticity and transparency has left an indelible mark in my heart and because of her I now possess strength and confidence as a motivational speaker. Her optimistic message and charismatic personality is both entertaining and empowering.”
~Sandra Gonzalez, Founder of Sandra Gonzalez – The Empowered Warrior

“Kathryn did a beautiful job creating the momentum of the day as the kick-off speaker at our parenting conference.  Her inspiring and passionate words were eloquently shared with the audience.”
~ Susie Walton, Author and Founder of Indigo Village

“I’ve worked with Kathryn for a long time and let me tell you, she has it all. From innate insight to ultimate negotiator, she gets it. She has a remarkable feel for business.”
~ Bill Askins, (retired) Founder and CEO of J&W Foods LLC

“Kathryn’s passionate energy and outlook on life are like beams of radiant light. When she speaks, her words invite a new level of clarity and ignite hope, courage and inspiration to take the next big steps in one’s future.  Kathryn shared words that I refer to daily to guide and channel my focus, and I find myself sharing those words with others who may experience the same benefit.”
~ Jennifer Tokatyan, Board of Directors of Angel Faces

“Kathryn the Grape came to our school and what an amazing experience it was! She conducted two assemblies for the entire student body, and every grade level was engaged with her positive and empowering message. Kathryn Cloward had the students and teachers participate in her assembly, and she even had everyone dancing and singing with her. It was quite a sight to see! Kathryn’s message touched on every key point we could have hoped for, including important real life stories about bullying and being responsible for our own choices. Kathryn was a bright, energetic and motivational speaker who was able to connect with students and teachers alike. Kathryn is definitely someone you want your students to know.”
~ Christina Hessom, (former) PTA Liason at Benchley-Weinberger Elementary School

“Our school enjoyed the Kathryn the Grape assembly. It was not only engaging, but the message of treating others fairly and with respect was perfect. Students also enjoyed hearing and learning about how they too can become an author and illustrator some day. Kathryn did a great job, and the students were singing ‘shine shine shine’ all afternoon.”
~ Kelley Rabasco, Principal at La Mesa Dale Elementary School 

“I have had the pleasure of seeing Kathryn speak in public on multiple occasions and recommend her without reservation for any professional panel.  I first saw her leading a session at a women’s conference a few years ago.  She covered subject matter that included complex legal and financial details but did it in an informative and engaging manner that also included inspirational encouragement for others to reach entrepreneurial success.  I then saw her give a reading at a Barnes & Noble Bookstore where she entertained families and answered questions holding everyone’s attention in a challenging environment. Finally, having been impressed with her work and these speaking examples, I invited her to speak for a panel titled, “Understanding the Startup Eco-System in San Diego.”

Kathryn engaged our audience of entrepreneurs and corporate professionals with her tangible and relatable hands-on wisdom gained from her own entrepreneurial business development for over 16 years.  Kathryn knows her stuff, speaks from experience and honestly relates the ups and downs from her road towards astounding business achievements.  She is often humble about her successes, but it is rare to see an entrepreneur achieve her level of success single handedly.

If your group is looking for someone who can speak from experience and provide relatable, tangible, and candid examples of growing professionally and personally, Kathryn is the natural fit. I am confident your audience will appreciate her memorable presentation as much as ours did.”
~ Gabriela Dow, Owner of Mora Dow Consulting

“Kathryn Cloward takes the meaning of her name to a pristine level—epitomizing her clarity, intuition and strength as she delivers her message to others. I am not surprised that Kathryn means “pure” and Cloward means “sharp-witted” and “strong”! I first met Kathryn when she presented at a Moms in Business conference in San Diego, California. I was scheduled for her first workshop, but was so riveted by her delivery that I quickly changed my schedule to include her second session. As I listened to Kathryn’s passion for her business and her need to share with others so that they, too, can achieve unimaginable goals, I realized that her pureness and clarity—a quality not found in many business owners—helped her to go beyond limits. Yes, Kathryn had achieved a multitude of tangible goals in her business, but her business relationships placed her on solid footing throughout. Likewise, the sharp-witted manner in which Kathryn relayed her experiences revealed that business should not only be about the numbers but also about how we must form solid relationships—business and personal. Last but not least, Kathryn Cloward is unequivocally synonymous with strength. She is a risk taker—mentally and physically. The escapades she shared—bungee-jumping, running a marathon, hiking the top of a half dome, and more—were not just about physical endurance; they were about relaying to the audience what could be achieved when a mental state is aligned with a goal. It was a message I took with me that day—I can’t only physically be in my business; I must mentally prepare each day with success in mind. Kathryn’s energy gave me, even at 61, the mindset that nothing is impossible! Thank you, dear Kathryn!”
~ Connie Whitcraft, M.Ed., Founder of Whitcraft Learning Solutions