"This isn't a story you heaR every day."
T.J. Holmes, CNN World News
Katherine is an American social entrepreneur, designer, and teacher. She is the owner of Katherine Parr Jewelry and Co-Founder of Parré Chocolat, two ethical luxury enterprises that work to empower artisans and farmers through connection to the developed marketplace.
With a diverse background that runs the gamut between war zones, developing nations, and fashion runways, focused themes sustain her work: she believes strongly that social consciousness and empathy to the global interconnected world should be adopted by all, making strong efforts to bring historic culture into contemporary culture through her designs.
She began her career as a fashion model, discovered by photographer Patrick Demarchelier after earning her degree from Villanova University's School of Business.
Katherine left the fashion world twelve years ago, in a move which was featured on CNN World News. She left her private sector career to work as an inner city schoolteacher and social entrepreneur to bridge the socioeconomic gap of access with a leadership academy magnet that included a cross cultural partnership through the United Nations Girls Education Initiative.
An artist since childhood, she developed a series of decorative arts and jewelry during this time which was featured in a show at a gallery in Barcelona.
She continues her jewelry and art designs, having worked with artisans including those in Afghanistan, South Africa, and New York City. Her work has supported causes including UNICEF, the Edeyo Foundation, and Turquoise Mountain NGO. She recently gave a TEDx Talk and is a requested speaker.