Kathryn Cloward is an award-winning book series author, performing songwriter, media publisher and producer, director, 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 250 published books and songs, has multiple trademarked brands, and manages aligned independent artists.
Backed by 21 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 31 national level awards and six regional level awards for her books and music, including multiple Mom’s Choice Awards and Family Choice Awards, Best Children’s Song of the Year for “I am Happy Being Me” at the 2017 IMC Awards, Best Children’s Fiction Book for Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti at the 2017 San Diego Book Association Awards, and four 2015 West Coast CMA Awards.
Raised by her parents to have a spirit of giving back, Kathryn has consistently channeled her energy into graciously helping others by donating her time and resources to a variety of non-profit organizations and enrichment programs for youth. In recent years, she’s poured her loving energy into helping raise awareness and money for local and national charitable causes by writing and producing impact songs that often feature youth performers and are fueled forward in part by community support through her company’s charitable arm. “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.