As a full-time author, artist, and speaker, I seek the WOW factor in every situation. From grand-slam wins to slow-slides-down-the-wall ugly cry fails, I intake all my experiences as tools for personal and professional growth - and share the lessons learned to help others!
I have 20 years experience as an entrepreneur, artist, freelance writer, newspaper reporter, syndicated columnist, author, product developer, branding expert, motivational speaker, social media enthusiast, and best of all – as a working mom who found a way to make my artful dreams come true! (And helped my kids launch their brand platforms too!)
My presentations bring high energy, laughter, (sometimes even tears), and head smacking "a-ha" moments - and lots of audience note-taking.
I go beyond the "Do what you love and the money will follow" speeches. I break it down into specific action plans that are supported by my personal examples. I'm the ultimate taskmaster to convince folks to pursue an extraordinary life.
TOPICS: Entrepreneurship, female empowerment, creative roadmapping/writing, social media, family.
I'd love to speak at your next event!
Hi! Kathy here! I make a living spreading the gospel of glitter. Literally through CraftyChica.com, & figuratively through my novels, speeches, and classes.
My husband and I vowed to live doing what we love, for me that was writing and making art. Within three years, we handmade hundreds of Latinocentric home decor and jewelry items for 300 shops. Becoming a sweatshop wasn't exactly the dream we had envisioned.
I took a part-time job at The Arizona Republic as a features clerk. One day the editor asked me to write a weekly craft column, she knew about my other business.
At this time, Martha Stewart was EVERYTHING. I almost turned down the assignment out of intimidation. But I loved layering on the sparkle and decided to OWN it. I celebrated my DIY techniques in high gloss style. My column became nationally syndicated by Gannett News Service and I joined a local TV show. I also covered music & movies for the paper's entertainment guide. I loved my job!
Something still itched at my spirit. I knew I was meant for a bigger purpose. I yearned to promote positivity through creativity. Hello, CraftyChica.com!
My first book deal came, as well as national press. In between raising two kids, a full-time job, my art business, website, and authoring books - I went to night school for my BA!
My national product line debuted in 2008 at Michaels Stores. It was the FIRST Latina-designed, Latinocentric line in a major craft retail chain! Something had to give, and I left my beloved newspaper gig.
Seven craft books, two novels, a Crafty Chica Cruise, later - all of it is going strong! I've learned the key to success is persistence - and embracing social media.
Evolving. Reinventing. Sharing. GETTING MY LIFE!
And now for the official bio... Kathy Cano-Murillo is an author, artist & founder of the award-winning site, CraftyChica.com. She has worked with Coca-Cola, HSN, HP, WordPress, Disney & many others. She is a former reporter for The Arizona Republic. She has authored nine books, two of them novels. She has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed + more. Her “Mexi-boho” designs have been carried in Bloomingdales, Target & Michaels. She is Mexican-American, a native Phoenician, mom of two, wife, with five Chihuahuas!
About CraftyChica.com: Inspiring women to brighten their lives with artful ideas, books, shopping, fashion, business, entertainment, food, travel, beauty, tech, family life and more.
Welcome to MuchoMotivation.com! After the success of my business classes over at CraftyChica.com, I'm currently developing a whole new curriculum that I'm calling "Mucho Motivation" - and I'm hosting it all right here!
Join the Mucho Motivation Club to be notified of when these classes open for registration in December! Also returning in December: Crafty Chica consulting!
Yes, I'm great at sharing ideas, working a glue gun and spreading the gospel of glitter, but you know what I'm even better at? Nagging! I love to keep people on track and remind them of the awesomeness that lies ahead. If you are up for this - sign up for my Mucho Motivation Club.
Every month I offer a new challenge for you to incorporate into your life and business. Plus reminders to keep you focused. I want you to succeed in all you do!
It's fun, I swear! It's also a place where I'll let you know about new classes, offerings and freebies!
“Kathy Cano- Murillo aka Crafty Chica, is a “positivity” thought leader . She teaches how to use creativity as a gateway to a better life. Sparkles are her muse. She captivates audiences of all ages with her infectious dose of goodness, positivity and fun! She can turn anything dark into light by “ crafting it out”. She is a tornado of love, happiness and confetti, ready to transform willing readers and listeners. She succeeded with this follower.”
– Nely Galan, Adelante
“I’ve been lucky enough to have Kathy speak at three of my events, and the audience has loved her every time. Kathy is a dream to work with — she’s a consummate professional, responsive to feedback, and unfailingly enthusiastic. She’s low maintenance and high performing. On stage, she’s warm but no-nonsense, candid but polished, optimistic but down-to-earth. Kathy’s work ethic, creative talent, and sincere desire to help others reach their goals combine to make her a fantastic ambassador for WordPress as well as, I am sure,
many other brands.”
– Andrea Middleton, event coordinator, WordPress, WordCamp, Automattic.com
“Kathy Cano-Murillo is truly a gem! She has taught hands-on product training workshops as well as speaking engagements multiple times and always gets great feedback from our attendees. Not only does she share all of her experience but explains why it is important and applicable to your business. We will continue working with Kathy as long as she’s around!”
– Nidia Negron, Craft and Hobby Association
“We have had Kathy Cano-Murillo speak and keynote at BlogHer events since 2007…on subjects ranging from blogging to crafting to succeeding in the traditional book publishing world. Kathy brings a unique and ever-charming blend of inspiration, yet warm accessibility, that has made her a highlight of those programs.”
Elisa Camahort Page, BlogHer Co-Founder
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