Founder & Chairman, Creative Visions Foundation
Raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and educated at Wellesley College, Kathy Eldon has worked as a teacher, journalist, author, film and television producer in England, Africa and the United States. She and her daughter Amy Eldon Turteltaub are co-founders of Creative Visions Foundation, a global organization that supports “creative activists” who their creative talents to change the world around them. Creative Visions Foundation was inspired by the life of Kathy’s son, Dan Eldon — artist, adventurer and activist — killed in 1993 while on assignment for Reuters News Agency in Somalia. CVF has assisted more than 150 artists, filmmakers, playwrights, leaders of social movements on five continents who use media and the arts as vehicles of social change.
Kathy is the founder of Creative Visions Productions, which has produces eight documentaries, including “Dying to tell the Story”, a TBS special about front line correspondents hosted by Amy; “Soldiers of Peace, a Children’s Crusade, a CNN film profiling the Children’s Peace Movement in Colombia, and “Global Tribe,” a cutting edge PBS series hosted by Amy featuring grass-roots creative activists. Together with Julia Roberts, Kathy is the Executive Producer of “Extraordinary Moms,” a special for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) about the power of mothers to transform the world. Included in the show are Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Christiane Amanpour and three less famous, not no less incredible mothers. Creative Visions Productions is producing “Journey,” a feature film about Dan, written by Jan Sardi (“Shine”) and directed by Bronwen Hughes (“Forces of Nature”, “Stander.”)
Kathy is a popular motivational speaker and the author of l7 books. Her memoir, “In the Heart of Life,” will be published by Harper One in September, 2013. She lives in Malibu with her husband, designer Michael Bedner, behind the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism.