Professional Bio

Kathryn Cloward The Purposeful Path

Kathryn Cloward is an award-winning book series author, performing songwriter, media publisher and producer, and serial entrepreneur. She’s the founder and CEO of Kandon Unlimited, Inc., a heart-centered mindful media company intent on creating positive and empowering media for people of all ages. Founded in 2010 to independently publish her Kathryn the Grape® series of books, Kandon Unlimited has expanded to become a full spectrum media publishing and production company that owns and/or represents media assets for over 300 published books and songs, has multiple trademarked brands, and represents Kandon recording artists.

Backed by 22 years of results-achieving business growth experience, Kathryn has a proven track record of being a passionate and resilient self-driven serial entrepreneur of altruistic endeavors. She grew her first company to $16 million accumulative gross sales in six years — a result she attributes to fearless cold-calling, relationship building and strategic problem-solving. When the ripple effect of the 2008/2009 recession severely impacted her clients and then her company, she didn’t give up; she launched herself into the media market to cultivate her creative endeavors.

Kathryn’s achievements and inspirational impact have been recognized throughout her career, notably with being honored with San Diego Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Leadership Award, San Diego Metro’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, and Speak for Success’ Women Changing the World Inspirational Woman Award. To date, Kathryn has earned 35 awards for her books and music, including multiple Mom’s Choice Awards, Best Children’s Song of the Year for “I am Happy Being Me” (IMC Awards), San Diego Book Awards Best Children’s Fiction Book for Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti, and four West Coast CMA Awards.

Kathryn has consistently channeled her energy into helping others thrive. For decades she’s been a mentor to other entrepreneurs, a speaker for personal and professional development, and she’s assisted a variety of non-profit organizations and enrichment programs for youth. In recent years, she’s poured her loving energy into helping raise awareness for local and national charitable causes notably by writing and producing impact songs that often feature youth performers. “We Are Champions,” supporting children braving cancer and their families, debuted at Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary’s 2017 Celebration of Champions. “My Name is Divine,” supporting refugee youth and their families, debuted at Exiled Voices Refugee Art Experience in 2017. “Heroes,” supporting children and adults with MPS, ML, and related rare diseases, debuted at the National MPS Society’s International MPS Symposium in 2018. This special song was on the GRAMMY Awards® ballot for consideration in two categories.

Testimonials

Professional Bio

  • 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
    J&W Foods LLC

  • I have sought Kathryn’s counsel on many occasions over the years.  Before I launched my company, she helped me navigate that process and connected me to many business professionals I still work with today.  Kathryn’s depth of business knowledge has been an invaluable resource for me.  There have been a few key moments in my company’s fast paced expansion that I sought Kathryn’s assistance, and she guided me to making decisions that have ultimately saved me a lot of money and time.  Kathryn is an honorable woman of integrity.  It’s easy to see why she’s had a long and successful career.

    Julie Seal
    President
    Mirus Promotions, Inc.

  • Kathryn Cloward is a human dynamo of can-do productivity and good vibes. Kathryn channels her creative talent into building quality content to improve people’s lives. What an inspiration for entrepreneurs, musicians and children! Her life experiences and lessons shine through as a songwriter, an author and a performer. You know that fantasy of walking away from a well paid corporate career to do what you love and achieve success? That’s the trail Kathryn is blazing and it is so fun watching her do it!

    John Riley
    John Riley Project

  • Kathryn is an accomplished professional with a keen mind for business.  I have turned to Kathryn for advice and guidance throughout my career. An entrepreneurial woman/mom myself, I appreciate Kathryn’s dedication and commitment to her career while making her son her top priority. If you are looking to learn and be inspired from an accomplished business woman, Kathryn is a perfect choice.

    Beth London Flohr
    Corporate Recruiting Firm Partner

  • Kathryn is one of the most focused entrepreneurs I know. She is a dynamic business owner and fabulous role model for other women who seek an entrepreneurial path.

    Adrienne Moch
    Owner
    Adrienne Moch Writing & Editing

  • Kathryn Cloward is an entrepreneur, innovator and creative-risk taker. She’s an inspiring leader, change-maker, and role model to women around the world.

    Allison Harris Turk
    Vice President of Corporate Events

Awards

Kathryn Cloward Women in Leadership Award Acceptance Speech
Kathryn Cloward Indie Music Channel Awards

Inspirational Awards

San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Leadership Award
San Diego Magazine’s Women Who Move the City Award
Speak for Success Women Changing the World Inspirational Woman Award
San Diego Metro’s 40 Under 40 Award

Music Awards

IMC Awards Best Americana Song of the Year “I Will Be Going”
IMC Awards Best Children’s Song of the Year “I Am Happy Being Me”
Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s We’re All In This Together (Album)
Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s We’re All In This Together (Album)
West Coast Country Music Association Awards Album of the Year  “A Soft Place to Fall”
West Coast Country Music Association Awards Song of the Year  “Lightning Love”
West Coast Country Music Association Awards Female Entertainer of the Year
West Coast Country Music Association Awards Female Vocalist of the Year

Book Awards

San Diego Book Awards Best Children’s Book Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti
Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Magical Wand
Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Journey
Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Piece of Love
Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti
Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Magical Wand (2)
Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Journey (2)
Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Piece of Love (2)
Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti (2)
Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Unique Compass
Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Grateful Garden
Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Joyful Adventure
Mom’s Choice Award for My Treasure Box with Tools of Love
Mom’s Choice Award for I Am Happy Being Me
Mom’s Choice Award for Alphabet Train
Mom’s Choice Award for Five Little Monkeys
Mom’s Choice Award for Itsy Bitsy Spider
Mom’s Choice Award for Old MacDonald
Mom’s Choice Award for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Mom’s Choice Award for Wheels on the Bus
Mom’s Choice Award for Three Little Kittens
Mom’s Choice Award for You Are My Sunshine
 

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