Kathy Ireland was the honored speaker and Gutsy Gal Award recipient at the Santa Barbara Women’s Festival in 2012. Ireland was honored for her personal evolution from supermodel to super businesswoman.

Founded in 1993, the Kathy Ireland Worldwide brand is now listed as the 28th most powerful brand globally by License Global Magazine, with annual merchandise sales of $2 billion, according to Forbes Magazine. Ireland, according to Fairchild publications, is one of the 50 most influential people in fashion.