Ireland Brings Beauty, Business Sense, Good Nature To Business Forum

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Beauty, brains and a great sense of humor are possible.

And if you were one of the 500 women at Friday’s 31st Annual Business Women’s Forum “Be The Change” at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville, you learned how first-hand from uber model and business tycoon Kathy Ireland.

The former supermodel turned CEO of Kathy Ireland Worldwide sashayed into the forum where she shared stories and information, all the time admitting she wished there had been such women’s business gatherings when she stepped off the runway and into the board room in 1993.

“Women are multi-taskers who are each other’s best supporters,” said the very personable and still very stunning Ireland, a busy mother who was named one of the 50 most influential people in fashion by Fairchild Publications.  “Women handle business differently,” she said and while stopping short of being a bit proud of her gender and their business acumen, noted that studies show females have a 25 percent edge when it comes to success in the business world.

“In business it is all about connecting and women do that well,” she said. “They aren’t afraid to learn from each other.”


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But Ok. Maybe the business magnate, who says the boardroom is far better than the catwalk,  is incredibly successful, what with a clothing line, furniture line, accessories line and a new “Once upon A Christmas” line that drops soon at

But she was a model and that means some fashion tips please.

“Three things you should have in your closet,” she reported. “Good lighting, comfortable shoes and Spanx,” she suggested.

And in the boardroom?

“Love of others, belief in yourself and a lot of curiosity.”




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