Kate Kennedy: Track Five – A Be There In Five Live Event

Kate Kennedy: Track Five – A Be There In Five Live Event

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Thank you for your interest in Track Five: A Be There in Five Live event! Now that we can gather again, Kate wanted to do something special by hosting a themed night to celebrate an artist we all love. This night includes two events in one — a mini live show and built-in TS dance party immediately after.
*This event is not formally affiliated with Taylor Swift, we just want to live out our dreams and be at a function where only her music plays.
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Kate Kennedy: Track Five – A Be There In Five Live Event

Kate Kennedy is a Chicago-based entrepreneur, author, and podcast host who is best known for inventing the ‘remindoormat.’ In 2014, as a hobby, she decided to paint “turn off your curling iron” on her doormat in an attempt to not burn down her apartment. Realizing that this was an innovation in a somewhat stale category that only contained welcome mats that see you into your home, she decided to create a line of products designed to see you on your way out. She named it Be There in Five as a salute to people like her, who tend to run out the door and forget important things in the process. Starting with ‘turn off’ reminders for hair and kitchen appliances, don’t forget your lunch, and telling people they look great today, Be There in Five launched a line of reminder, affirmation, and custom door mats for people on the go. A couple months in, the mats took off, and after selling thousands within the first year, Kate had to quit her corporate marketing job to run the business full-time.

She and her mom painted the first 1,000 doormats by hand out of their living rooms and now have grown to an online store & wholesale distributor. Be There in Five Mats are always available on bethereinfive.com. Be There in Five remindoormats have been featured in Glamour, Good Housekeeping, RealSimple, HuffPost, BuzzFeed, Self, Martha Stewart, and many more.

Most recently, after having difficulty dealing with the necessity of online self-promotion for a small business to survive, Kate was inspired to return to her roots; writing. Growing up, Kate was an amateur poet; starting with winning the Richmond Times-Dispatch poetry contest at the age of 13, followed by a lifetime of rhyming birthday cards, toasts, speeches, and even college essays. She’s always wanted to write a children’s book to utilize this skill set as an adult, and upon finding the humor in the advice she was seeking in order to succeed on social media, she decided nursery rhymes needed a little updating. She wondered, what if a mom sarcastically explained to her child the ridiculous ways we all use the internet, told by swiping through the social media accounts of beloved nursery rhyme characters? Would Mary have a Little Scam? Would Little Bo-Peep have a GoFundMe for her lost sheep? Would Humpty Dumpty film his egg-falls-off-wall-stunts? Could there be a parody book on this topic for a source of laughter, but also come full circle about what’s important and serve as a broader piece of social commentary? After taking several months to write formal submissions, do market analyses, and research the publishing industry, Twinkle, Twinkle, Social Media Star was signed by Ulysses Press in March 2018 and published in November 2018. It debuted as the #1 New Release in multiple categories on Amazon and is currently being rolled out to retailers nationwide, at a bookstore near you. For more about the book, click here.

She’s sure you’re thinking, huh, that’s a lot of jobs. Can’t she pick one? She often thinks this herself, and is the first to tell you she never expected to venture out of her corporate job to pursue the flooring biz (every parent’s dream!). But when life teaches you that you’re capable of things that weren’t within your realm of thinking, it’s impossible to continue arguing for your limitations; to put your career in a box. If one can move from PowerPoints to painting rugs, why can’t rugs translate into engaging your following with pop culture commentary, then turn into a podcast, and inspire a book? Kate is a big believer in your business pursuits and brand sharing one common denominator; your genuine interest. For her, this approach led her back to her roots, to something she loved but thought was dormant and void of commercial use; her poetry, almost 20 years later. She loves to share her story, a jungle gym of a career evolving in real-time, to encourage women to harness their curiosity, pursue a side hustle, and to let life show you that it will exceed your plans if you allow it to.

Kate has a marketing degree from the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech, is a former Black Belt (Six Sigma, not karate), and prior to starting Be There in Five, was an Ogilvy Award nominated market researcher, spending 6 years in the field of advertising effectiveness for major retailers and CPG manufacturers.