WithIt, the women’s leadership development network serving the home and furnishings industry, will present its prestigious Legacy Award to Kathy Ireland, CEO and chief designer of Kathy Ireland Worldwide®, during the 2013 WOW Awards dinner and ceremony. The event will be held Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at World Market Center - Las Vegas.
“I’m honored to present Kathy Ireland with the 2013 Legacy Award in recognition of her innovation, resilience and dedication to never accepting ‘no’ as the final answer,” says WithIt President Julia Rosien, SocialNorth.com. “Kathy has transformed the face of the furniture industry and dedicated herself to bringing visibility to the true power in this industry – the end consumer.”
Ireland has been an influential force in home furnishings for nearly 10 years; her brand offers a compelling, concise message that promises family-focused home solutions for an influential set of shoppers: busy moms. Today, Kathy Ireland Worldwide boasts an estimated $2 billion in retail sales of champion products that span office furniture and bedding to jewelry and bridal gowns, according to Forbes magazine. In February, Forbes recognized Ireland’s leadership in a cover story, “Super Model Super Mogul.” Meanwhile, License Global magazine named Kathy Ireland Worldwide its 28th most powerfully licensed global brand.
Clark Linstone, President of Pacific Coast Lighting, says Ireland’s commitment to her brand and its message is laudable. “This achievement, coupled with Kathy's commitment to charity, makes this award well deserved. Pacific Coast Lighting is honored to be one of Kathy Ireland's brand partners.”
Author, wife and mother of three, Ireland is recognized internationally for her humanitarian and philanthropic efforts, including initiatives that support veterans, the Anti-Defamation League, the war against HIV/AIDS, anti-poverty efforts, education and family issues, with a specific focus on women and children.
The WOW Awards, which honor the leadership achievements of individuals and businesses in the home furnishings industry, is produced by WithIt in partnership with World Market Center Las Vegas and is sponsored by leading industry brands.