There are locks all around you and maybe you hold the key to someone else’s freedom. – Caitlin Crosby
Actress, singer, songwriter and entrepreneur Caitlin Crosby knows a thing or two about inspiring others. She began writing songs with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds in high school and subsequently signed to his label, Arista Records. Growing up in Hollywood and working in the entertainment industry inspired Caitlin to launch the campaign LoveYourFlawz to support women dealing with body image issues with the release of her debut album “Flawz” in 2009 through Blackledge/Atlantic Records. While on tour, Caitlin started The Giving Keys, a jewelry company that gives jobs to those affected by homelessness.
Each product carries an inspiring message like FEARLESS, HOPE, STRENGTH or COURAGE. When the wearer encounters someone else who needs the message they are encouraged to give it away and share their giving story on the company website. Over the last three years, The Giving Keys has employed over 33 people who have been affected by homelessness, helping many move into permanent housing, and collected thousands of giving stories. Today, they have over 50 employees and their products are sold at Nordstrom, Ron Robinson, Kitson and nearly 1,200 other retail stores around the world.
Caitlin’s story and mission behind The Giving Keys has been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, The Today Show, People Magazine, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, E! News, The Steve Harvey Show, Ellen, and countless other media outlets. In 2010, Caitlin was chosen as a spokesperson for Oprah’s top 10 favorite charities at her “Live Your Best Life” events. Since then, her speaking circuit has expanded to include at TEDx, Stanford University, Saddleback Business Summit with Arianna Huffington, Create + Cultivate, Catalyst, and many other conferences. Most recently, Caitlin was featured in Kenneth Cole’s Spring 2016 Courageous Class, honoring individuals who overcome life’s challenges to become the inspiring role models they were meant to be.
Even with her plate full as Founder and CEO, Caitlin has appeared in dozens of TV shows, commercials, and films, including a worldwide Levi’s Jeans campaign. In 2014, she released an EP ‘Save That Pillow’ with Adam Anders from ‘Glee,’ and she’s currently working on finishing her next album. We can’t wait to see where all the creative inspiration will lead her NEXT…
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