As a documentary film producer, Catherine Gray is passionate about telling the personal stories of fascinating people and the truths about what makes them tick. Last year Catherine launched a unique women’s empowerment community called 360Karma, which includes an annual Women’s Conference and weekly talk show exploring the traits of extraordinary women who have overcome adversity to find their authentic calling, become leaders in their fields and fulfilled in their lives. “Each time I’ve interviewed these powerful women, I’ve found common traits – ones that resonated with me on my own journey – ones I want to share,” she says.
We all know that even now women make up less than 20% of Congress – and only 4% of the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. “At 360Karma we believe having more women’s perspectives at the table will help make the world a better place,” Catherine says. And because of obstacles she encountered as a woman in business and media, 360Karma presents practical strategies, resources, connections and inspiration to help fast track women to find, fund and grow their concepts, whether those are launching a business, creating an app, giving a Ted Talk, or rising up the corporate ranks.
Catherine explains that she learned how inspiring a group of like-minded women can be when she found herself in a new city – Los Angeles – with friends and family 3,000 miles away. She remembers pushing past her fear of going to events on her own, determined to meet new friends and make L.A. home. After meeting a few wonderful women, she began sending weekly emails about events to attend together, creating a group for gay women called LOL: Ladies of LA, which rapidly expanded from a dozen to many hundreds of members. She now puts on her own events and receives feedback about how much this social community has positively impacted women’s lives! It was through this she realized the power of cultivating a community for women and decided to create a group for women of all ethnicities, sexualities and religions, called 360 Karma.
360Karma now encompasses the annual Live Love Thrive Women’s Conference (Nov 3-4, 2017, West Hollywood), monthly in-person gatherings with specialists in key topics, online master classes, and hands-on workshops with experts in arenas such as public speaking, digital marketing, financial independence and more.
This year’s Conference starts with the new initiative SHE Tank, a competition for female entrepreneurs to pitch businesses and ideas for investment to a panel of female investors in front of a live audience. The Conference also features renowned speakers, live music, film shorts, awards, a hosted power lunch and after-party at Pump.
360Karma events and wealth of resources go on throughout the year. Catherine is realizing her own passion project of bringing purpose-driven women together in an environment that offers the strategies, tactics and resources to find the life they love, personally and professionally. As she says, “We can each create our fate…and why go it on your own, when we are definitely Stronger Together!”
Please visit www.360karma.com