The Get Inspired! Project – Katie Kozloff-Banks

Toni Reece: Hi there. This is Toni Reece, and welcome to the Get Inspired! Project for Berks County Living magazine. Today I have Katie Kozloff-Banks with me. Hi, Katie.

Katie Kozloff-Banks: Hi. How are you?

Toni: I’m great! How are you doing today?

Katie: Good.

Toni: Good. So, Katie, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Katie: I have the activewear line called Katie K Active. We are an inclusive brand of premium activewear. What that means is we are activewear that spans the size range, small to 3X.

Toni: Okay. Where do we find you?

Katie: You can find us online at katiekactive.com and around in different stores across the country.

Toni: Great. Thank you for showing up for the Get Inspired! Project.

Katie: Yes, thanks for having me.

Toni: Let’s go into the Project. What does inspiration mean to you?

Katie: I was thinking about this. There’s so many different ways to think about inspiration – people that motivate me or make me think differently about my life and want to do more. I think my family inspires me, my friends inspire me with what they’re doing, and all around you everywhere.

Toni: So when you feel inspired, you’re motivated.

Katie: Yes, very much so.

Toni: What does that feel like?

Katie: It’s kind of a rush. I love looking at different things that will inspire me. I think if you go through phases and you start to think, “I need some inspiration,” I’ll just start looking around and take into account what my friends or family are doing. I start thinking, “Wow! They’re doing all this with their life. I want to do some more.” Then I buckle down again.

Toni: Okay, so when you might be in a slump you’ll look around and say, “Okay, I like that. That’s pretty cool. Now I’m moved to action.” Right?

Katie: Yes. I think even when you’re feeling inspired and motivated, it just kind of snowballs. I think when you try to take a look back and see, “Oh my gosh, what have I accomplished?” that just pushes you. It’s all good to have that level.

Toni: I like when you said that inspiration feels like a rush.

Katie: Yes.

Toni: That’s a cool feeling, you know?

Katie: Yes.

Toni: Is that that “pit in your stomach” feeling?

Katie: Yes.

Toni: Yes. Where it’s like, “Ooh! There it was!”

Katie: Yes, exactly.

Toni: I get it. So when you get that, how do you put that into practice here in Berks County?

Katie: To get inspired, I was going through maybe like a slump, and I felt like I wanted to take advantage of the different pieces that Berks County has to offer that could inspire me. I joined the Lean In group through …

Toni: Women to Women?

Katie: Yes. Women to Women. I’m part of the Incubator. I think that really helps. I just started to network with different people. Being a woman, I’ve tried to connect with women who I find inspiring, and then I’ve met with them for lunch or breakfast just to hear their story and talk to them. I think connecting and networking with people, everybody is inspiring in their own way.

Toni: They are. A couple things I just want to touch on that you had mentioned is that you knew you were in a slump, and you needed to feel that rush. By joining different networking groups and talking to people, you felt reenergized?

Katie: Yes, very much so. I think you go through a slump and maybe you need a little direction. I found mentoring groups through GRYP (Greater Reading Young Professionals). The Lean In circle was awesome. It’s been cool.

Toni: Then once you became reenergized again, what did you do? How did you put that inspiration into practice?

Katie: I go home and I make a list of everything; kind of brain dump and start working backwards and thinking, “Okay, this is everything I want to do. How am I going to make it happen? How am I going to break it down into different pieces?”

Then I start figuring it out, whatever that goal is or thing that’s now got me inspired and, “Now I want to do this.” I break it down and figure out how I’m going to attack that.

Toni: Do you have a specific example that was just recent?

Katie: I think probably the big one was I felt I needed to have a mentor and advisor group. It took some time, but that’s what brought me to the Incubator, and that has been so helpful. Working and meeting with different people in Berks County who said, “You should go check out the Incubator.” They are helping me do the goal setting, so that’s accomplished that goal where I felt very much like I needed some kind of guidance, and now I feel like I have plenty of people. I have this great network of people that depending on what business issue or life problem is, I have a specific person for each piece, which is awesome.

Toni: Oh wow – so now you can get a rush from several people!

Katie: Yes. If I’m feeling down about manufacturing, I have this. I think it’s also great to compartmentalize it, but then I can say, “This is where I need help,” and go to that person.

Toni: This is an interesting way to look at getting inspired. It helps you with your business knowing how you get inspired. You took that action, went out and networked, so that you can purposefully be inspired.

Katie: Yes.

Toni: I love that.

Katie: Yes.

Toni: Who in Berks County inspires you?

Katie: I feel like there are so many people. The people that I have met with recently are Steve Fritz through GRYP mentoring. He’s been very inspiring to me. Julia Kline – I met with her, and she’s very inspiring. Sally Weaver I’ve met with. All these people, and then there’s people now at the Incubator like June. She’s been really inspiring and helpful. I think it’s just having people who can advise me. My husband – he’s doing his third Iron Man in three years.

Toni: Wow – oh my gosh!

Katie: Inspiring and crazy. I think even just friends. I think when you start talking to your different friends and you see what everybody is doing; everybody is busy, but everybody is doing really great things. I think that’s cool. For as busy as everybody is, they’re all doing really neat, cool things with their lives. I think that’s always inspiring, talking to people.

Toni: Is that your common denominator on people who inspire you in Berks County? People who are doing really cool things?

Katie: Yes. It’s cool things, but they’re not just say sitting and letting life live them. They’re living life, not just letting it go by. That’s inspiring to me – somebody who wants to do something, whatever that means – being the best mom or being the best person on a board or something like that. I think it’s great to see when people are doing something with their life.

Toni: Yes. So what do you want your legacy to be?

Katie: I think with the activewear, I’d really like to have the inclusiveness. Right now, so much of the clothing industry is very divided between plus size and straight size. It doesn’t really seem to make sense. I think everybody wants to fit in and be trendy and fashion-forward regardless of whether it’s activewear or regular clothing. I think we’re a unique brand with our inclusive end of everything, that we offer everything in each size and each style.

I think that’s our legacy, is giving women the confidence to be who they are. For us, that means giving women the confidence to live a healthy, active, life, and that they should have access to feel the best about themselves and live a healthy, active life regardless of their size.

Toni: Wow – what a legacy for your company to leave for women! That’s fantastic. Katie, thank you so much for showing up to the Get Inspired! Project. Best of luck to you.

Katie: Thank you. Thanks for having me.

Toni: Take care.

This article appears in the March 2015 issue of Berks County Living

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Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio Podcast features Katie Kozloff + The #DefineBrave Campaign from Katie K Active

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#DefineBrave = The Courage to Stand in Truth & Express Freedom

 During this week’s radio show you will learn about:

  • The #DefineBrave Campaign from Katie K. Active
  • Personal Stories about Overcoming Adversity
  • Women Entrepreneurs Making a Difference: Pride & Glory and Mind.Body.Spirit EXPERIENCE
  • Explore Non-Profits: FinalSaluteInc.org and StopCAIDNow.org
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This Week on Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio

 The Katie K. Active Signature Collection is named for founder and designer Katie Kozloff. As a fitness trainer, Kozloff worked with women of all sizes heard first hand their opinions and views on what was lacking in the activewear industry. She was inspired to create activewear that blended performance, fit and fashion — workout gear that looks and feels amazing on women of all sizes.

“I wanted to create a brand that fits and flatters all of my friends in all of their sizes, without compromising the performance features that today’s women have grown to expect.”

You can learn more about Katie here.

 

Jas Boothe

 

Jas Boothe is a Chicago Native and disabled Army Veteran, who gave  13 years of service to this great nation. She deployed during the Operation Iraq Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom campaigns and her military career has been dedicated to working with and advocating for Soldiers and their family members.

She founded Final Salute Inc, which has assisted over 300 women Veterans and children and now operates 3 transitional homes in Alexandria, VA, Martinsburg, WV and Columbus, OH.

You can learn more about Jas here.

Pat CruzPat Cruz: Creative thinker, noted entrepreneur, event marketing specialist, former radio show host, avid networker, connection maker, and marketing/social media innovator nationally celebrated for her ranking in top five Rhode Islanders with highest calculated social media influence.

Pat has created a socially oriented business environment that builds awareness, creates loyalty, and increases revenue for clients and businesses desiring access to the power of the female buyer, or influencer in the local marketplace.

You can learn more about Pat here.

Lisa Moreno DickinsonLisa Moreno-Dickinson is a devoted single mom, author, executive producer, writer for the Global Genes Project/Rare Disease Community, Ambassador for #definebrave, on the board of Directors for The Wish Upon  A Hero Foundation, and President/Founder for StopCAIDNow.org, a 501c3 accredited non-profit. The foundation is focused on treatments, awareness, diverse genetic testing, and genomics..

StopCAIDnow, Inc. is recognized globally and first to blanket all Auto-inflammatory Diseases.

You can learn more about Lisa here.

 

Jennifer WalshJennifer Walsh has been a true pioneer for the skin care / cosmetics industry. She has been in the business for more than 15 years and has learned her craft through hands on experience with the brands themselves and with customers throughout the world.

Ms. Walsh founded what became one of the first beauty boutique chains in the United Stated in 1998 along with one of the first beauty websites at that same time. Since Jennifer sold her company in 2010, she now consults for brands in roll out plans both in the US and internationally.

You can learn more about Jennifer here.

#DefineBrave Pioneer: Lisa Moreno-Dickinson

#DefineBrave Pioneer: Lisa Moreno-Dickinson

Last month, along with four other nationally recognized women, Lisa was chosen by Katie K Active as a Pioneer for their brand-new #DefineBrave Campaign focused on encouraging women around the world to feel confident in who they are and how they look.

According to Lisa, “#DefineBrave to me is letting go, not giving up but letting go and giving into FAITH which is not easy. ‪#DefineBrave is standing tall in your truth and not letting society dictate what is good, what is right. Knowing who you are is KEY..knowing your purpose is powerful and sticking to fulfill it no matter the hurdles. Its never the hurdles that define us its the way we get over them that makes the difference.”

In partnership with Katie K Active, Lisa is raising funds for StopCAIDNow. StopCAIDnow, Inc. is a 501(c) 3non-profit organization recognized globally. The foundation is focused on treatments, awareness, diverse genetic testing, and genomics.

Lisa Moreno-Dickinson StopCAIDNow #DefineBrave with Katie K Active

Lisa is wearing the Katie K Active Signature Capri in White Zebra to represent the rare disease community. According to Lisa, “Challenging moments would definitely be having two boys with diseases in the rare and genetic family and knowing my youngest has no known prognosis. The years and persistence to help find the diagnosis and in the meantime watching them physically and emotionally suffer was and is something one can not put in words especially with me as their mommy. They #definebrave hence why I’m pictured in my oldest walker and their hand prints behind me.”

Join Lisa and raise funds for StopCAIDNow via the #DefineBrave Virtual 5K Run/Walk.

Register for the 5K and StopCAIDNow Team here

Donate without registering for 5K here

The #DefineBrave Campaign is focused on paving the way to real change by embracing the issues of body esteem with Katie K Active’s inclusive line of activewear!

Throughout the #DefineBrave Campaign, along with fellow #DefineBrave Pioneers, Lisa will share her personal stories of overcoming adversity and challenges in her life and help support, inspire and unite woman across the world to feel empowered and confident in their own skin and abilities in a sometimes judgmental world.

Learn more about all of the #DefineBrave Pioneers below.

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#DefineBrave Pioneer: Pat Paolino Cruz

#DefineBrave Pioneer: Pat Paolino Cruz

Last month, along with four other nationally recognized women, Pat was chosen by Katie K Active as a Pioneer for their brand-new #DefineBrave Campaign focused on encouraging women around the world to feel confident in who they are and how they look.

Pat Paolino Cruz

Connect with Pat on Facebook

Join Pat and raise funds for The Tomorrow Fund in Rhode Island via the #DefineBrave Virtual 5K Run/Walk.

The Tomorrow Fund was founded in 1985 to ease the traumatic financial and emotional effects of childhood cancer. Our founders – a group that included doctors, nurses, child life specialists, and parents of children with cancer – recognized that, in addition to the very best medical care, children with cancer and their families need financial and emotional assistance to cope with the overwhelming challenges of this insidious disease.

Register for the 5K and join The Tomorrow Fund Team here

Donate to The Tomorrow Fund without registering for the 5K here

The #DefineBrave Campaign is focused on paving the way to real change by embracing the issues of body esteem with Katie K Active’s inclusive line of activewear!

Throughout the #DefineBrave Campaign, along with fellow #DefineBrave Pioneers, Lisa will share her personal stories of overcoming adversity and challenges in her life and help support, inspire and unite woman across the world to feel empowered and confident in their own skin and abilities in a sometimes judgmental world.

Learn more about all of the #DefineBrave Pioneers below.

Look for our #DefineBrave posts on our social media and please re-tweet and re-share with your friends to help us get the word out about this powerful campaign.

 

#DefineBrave Pioneer: Jas Boothe

#DefineBrave: Jas Boothe

Last month, along with four other nationally recognized women, Jas was chosen by Katie K Active as a Pioneer for their brand-new #DefineBrave Campaign focused on encouraging women around the world to feel confident in who they are and how they look.

Jas and Kimberely Wolfanger Marine Vet and 1st Runner Up Ms Veteran America 2014

Jas (left) and Kimberly Wolfanger, Marine Vet and 1st Runner Up, Ms. Veteran America 2014

Jas is s Disabled Army Veteran and the President and Founder of Final Salute Inc; providing homeless women Veterans with safe and suitable housing. Final Salute Inc. is the only non-profit in the DC Metro are that specifically supports the unique housing needs of homeless female veterans and their children; there are currently 55,000 homeless female Veterans on any given day.

Jas’s passion is keeping homeless women and their children off the street.

Her definition of #DefineBrave: “Brave is a soldier looking cancer in the face and saying ‘you can’t have my body’. Brave is finding courage in a sea of uncertainties. No one is born brave, courage is an acquired sport; but first, you must step onto the court.”

Jas Boothe, (center) receiving a Standing O'vation from Oprah Winfrey and Toyota.

Jas Boothe, (center) receiving a Standing O’vation from Oprah Winfrey and Toyota.

Connect with Jas and The Final Salute

Links: www.finalsaluteinc.org

The #DefineBrave Campaign is focused on paving the way to real change by embracing the issues of body esteem with Katie K Active’s inclusive line of activewear!

Throughout the #DefineBrave Campaign, along with fellow #DefineBrave Pioneers, Jas will share her personal stories of overcoming adversity and challenges in her life and help support, inspire and unite woman across the world to feel empowered and confident in their own skin and abilities in a sometimes judgmental world.

Look for our #DefineBrave posts on our social media and please re-tweet and re-share with your friends to help us get the word out about this powerful campaign.

 

#DefineBrave Pioneer: Lisa Cypers Kamen

#DefineBrave: Lisa Cypers Kamen

Last month, along with four other nationally recognized women, Lisa was chosen by Katie K Active as a Pioneer for their brand-new #DefineBrave Campaign focused on encouraging women around the world to feel confident in who they are and how they look.

Lisa Cypers Kamen DefineBrave with Katie K Active

‪#‎DefineBrave‬: “Destruction, death, divorce, disease and disillusionment all knocked on my door in rapid-fire succession as uninvited and unwanted house guests. It’s true, most of life’s top stressors decided to test my resolve all at once. Bravery is not giving in to those 5 D’s of distress by becoming a deer trapped in headlights but rather using those symbolic headlights to illuminate my path and bolster my resilience to guide me to something better.”

Lisa Cypers Kamen Definebrave with Katie K Active

Connect with Lisa on Facebook

The #DefineBrave Campaign is focused on paving the way to real change by embracing the issues of body esteem with Katie K Active’s inclusive line of activewear!

Throughout the #DefineBrave Campaign, along with fellow #DefineBrave Pioneers, Lisa will share her personal stories of overcoming adversity and challenges in her life and help support, inspire and unite woman across the world to feel empowered and confident in their own skin and abilities in a sometimes judgmental world.

Look for our #DefineBrave posts on our social media and please re-tweet and re-share with your friends to help us get the word out about this powerful campaign.

In partnership with Katie K Active, Lisa is raising funds for Harvesting Happiness for Heroes. Harvesting Happiness for Heroes™ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that delivers stigma-free integrated combat trauma recovery services to warriors and their loved ones.

Join Lisa and raise funds for HH4H via the #DefineBrave Virtual 5K Run/Walk.

Register for the 5K and HH4H Team here

Donate without registering for 5K here

Learn more about all of the #DefineBrave Pioneers below.