Meet our founder
Kara Duffy lives in Costa Mesa, California with her schnoodle, Bandit, and handsome boyfriend, Jesse, who ensures she’s laughing as much as possible. She loves to read, travel, learn, make and organize things - businesses, art projects, parties, books, products, adventures, you name it. She gives credit to the Baby Sitters Club, Jem & the Holograms, Nancy Drew, the Fancy Fraus, and her parents - all of whom told her that anything is possible if you’re determined, resourceful, and have friends to help you out.
In addition to running Powerful Ladies, she is a business consult & personal coach applying the same principles and techniques helping clients achieve their most successful lives, too.
She’s started many businesses and side hustles including her first, a babysitting business at age 9, as well as a t-shirt brand, an organizing business, and in 2014 she co-founded Hello Possibility Inc, a non-profit platform to coach charitable start-ups to success. Kara worked in the corporate world in apparel & footwear, working for brands such as Reebok, Puma, DC Shoes, Quiksilver Group, & Supra Footwear, where she happily created a career that gave her the opportunity to live in Europe, travel the globe and meet some of her favorite people.
Asking what if, being frustrated with the status quo, and being told no have definitely been motivators for me. We’re all equally ordinary and equally powerful, so why not me? Why not us? Why not play to win and be the hero of your own story? I’m not perfect. I’ve battled financial debt, self doubt, relationship nonsense, trying to be healthy, and worst of all, telling my purpose to wait. I know what it’s like to equally feel unstoppable and like nobody's listening. I know what it’s like to do it anyway.
Hearing the stories and lessons from who have taken risks and created their own path has always been my inspiration. I choose to live in a world that doesn’t settle for less than, is curious, is hungry to make a difference, and I want everyone to know that it’s possible to win in every area you dream about.
Together we rise. Let’s be awesome & up-to-something we love. xx K