Los Angeles Chapter Member
Katie became involved with the Mona Foundation in 2007 when she was hired as an assistant fashion designer for Mona Board member Diane Samandi’s sleepwear company, Jonquil. Over the years Katie’s position evolved from design work to ecommerce and social media management. In 2011 she launched www.inbloomintimates.com and began writing a blog to help drive traffic to the website. Feeling limited in writing solely about lingerie, she turned the blog into a fictional serial, posting two chapters a week about a girl named Olivia Bloom who worked at a lingerie company. It had never occurred to Katie that she was a writer, but she soon discovered a passion for storytelling. After nine months of posting–and live-tweeting as nine of the characters–Katie realized she’d written her first novel. Shortly thereafter, in a crazy turn of events, she landed a literary agent and ultimately a three-book deal.
Katie holds a BA in Communication Studies from UCLA and a Professional Designation in Fashion Design from FIDM. She credits this education, combined with a family who supported the pursuit of her dreams, as essential to unlocking the hidden potential that has brought serious joy into her life. It is her wish that all children be given the opportunity to realize their gifts and share them with the world.
I imagine a world where everyone has the opportunity to realize their innate gifts and fulfill their highest potential. It starts with education. I love that Mona supports schools’ needs–instead of dictating how funds are used–to help them grow.