ever wondered …
who guides the biggest names in business?
ever wondered …
who the most powerful turn to?
ever wondered …
who mentors the mentors?
Anne McKevitt sees herself as a curious adventurer and evolver who never likes life to remain the same for too long. Over the course of two decades she has educated, enlightened and entertained millions of people. Her accomplishments include that of globally recognized business leader, best selling author, TV personality, multiple award winner and much respected philanthropist.
Anne’s reputation and achievement highlights include:
As one of the world's most renowned business entrepreneurs she was awarded Leading Women Entrepreneur of the World 2002-2003. Anne founded and headed up over twenty separate businesses during the last two decades. One such business was sold that in three years delivered the design of 1600 products with a retail value of $975 million.
Additionally Anne has mentored, guided and worked with exceptional individuals and companies to assist them in growing their organizations including: Mercedes, Ikea, Royal Doulton, Peugeot, Ernst & Young, Wal*Mart, Deloitte, Waterford Crystal, Jeep, Bloomingdales, Saks, Pottery Barn, Moet e Chandon, Freeman’s, Sainsbury’s, Debenhams, Wedgwood, Marks & Spencer, Commonwealth Bank, Optus, Toyota and Hewlett Packard. She is also a much sought after speaker having performed live at events to audiences of 25,000 people. Serial entrepreneurial in spirit and global in impact, Anne McKevitt has consistently been an industry leader.
Anne McKevitt grew up in a poor part of the north of Scotland, where she left school aged 15 and without any qualifications to her name. With only enough money to survive for one month in London she headed off to the capital with her sights set on making her mark. Since then she has had a remarkable journey from being completely penniless to truly wealthy and from government council house to The White House.By the time she was 23 Anne had already become renowned through her work in the world of fashion, before starting her first business by chance. She had no big game plan—in fact, she had no plan at all. No goals. She didn’t know she was meant to have any, just, as she puts it, “lots of courage, a big dream, and a massive dose of naïveté.” That first business was a property development company. She started it with just £5,000 “borrowed” from her MasterCard® because she didn’t have any savings. In less than one year she had turned it into a multi-million pound business. Soon she was refurbishing and developing hundreds of London homes and made record prices per square foot for every property she sold. She could have retired for life before her 24th birthday, but instead, over the past twenty years has turned everything into gold.
Her work and interviews have appeared in hundreds of magazine publications in the UK and internationally, and she has been featured in thousands of newspaper articles around the world, including: The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Times, Sun Herald, Vive, Cape Argus, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Post, New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, USA Today, Wealth Creator, Executive Magazine, Vogue, Harpers & Queen, ELLE, Hello!, OK!, Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful, Home & Garden, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Living etc, Forbes, Time, She, Latte Magazine, Ideal Home, Radio Times, TV Times, Your Garden, Company, Executive Magazine, Wealth Creator and Chief Executive.
At the height of her fame and success, Anne decided it was time to map out and move on to the next chapter of her life, even though she was due to enter into a lucrative new global TV deal. Having accomplished everything she set out to do within the medium of design, she felt that it was time to move away and concentrate fully on her other, less public interests. These include multiple businesses, humanitarian work, and education. Some have said it was a brave move, leaving behind her TV celebrity status. Instead, Anne found it totally liberating to focus on her life as a serial and social entrepreneur. Granted a “Distinguished Talent” visa by the Australian Government, Anne moved permanently to Sydney, Australia, which she now calls home.
In addition to her own charity projects, Anne worked with micro-finance charity Opportunity International–Australia. She is a moral vegetarian of some 37 years and a lifelong environmentalist and social entrepreneur. She is a member of the British Humanist Association, PETA, and the Australian and British Vegetarian Societies.
Anne McKevitt’s business and philanthropic reputation has taken her into global political circles. 2006 saw Anne being invited to join Harvard’s Women Leadership Board at the John.F.Kennedy School of Government. In 2007 she was invited to join the Clinton Global Initiative where she worked alongside past and present presidential and prime ministerial heads of state, addressing the issues and making a personal commitment to implement changes in poverty alleviation, global health, climate change, and education.
Anne has worked on humanitarian and climate issues alongside:
The Honorable Al Gore
Sergey Brin—Co-founder of Google
Chad Hurley—Co-founder of YouTube
Steve Chen—Co-founder of YouTube
King Albert of Monaco
Carlos Slim Helú—Forbes recognised richest man in the world
Ted Turner—CNN founder
Rupert Murdoch—Founder of News Corp
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Brad Pitt—Climate campaigner and actor
Shakira—Poverty alleviation campaigner and singer
Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber—Abu Dhabi
The Honorable Hank Paulson—former Treasury Secretary
Fareed Zakaria—Editor of Newsweek International
Angelina Jolie—Goodwill ambassador, UN refugee agency, and actor
H. Lee Scott—CEO, Walmart
Jane Goodall—Animal rights activist
Donna Karan—Clothing designer
Robert Zoellick—President of the World Bank
Michael Eisner—Former CEO, Disney
Theodore Roosevelt IV—Climate campaigner
Rev. Jesse Jackson
Andre Agassi—Tennis champion and philanthropist
Judy McGrath—CEO, MTV
Indra Nooyi—CEO, PepsiCo
Tony Bennett—Singer and philanthropist
Barbara Streisand—Singer, actor, and philanthropist
J. Craig Venter—Genome sequencer
|President Bill Clinton
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson
President of Columbia
President of Iceland
|President of Ethiopia
President of Afghanistan
President of the Philippines
President of Argentina
Prime Minister of Turkey
President of the Dominican Republic
Anne McKevitt was invited to The White House and Capitol Hill by the Bush Administration in 2007 to take part in discussions and attend briefings on foreign policy, labor, legislative affairs, and climate change, and subsequently fulfilled a long held ambition to visit the Oval Office. In 2009 she met with President Barack Obama.
2010 was a pivotal year of change for Anne in which she mapped out the next chapter. The year became one of new pursuits and relinquishing, redefining and reviewing what was most important to her both personally and in business. With this in mind, Anne resized and refined her business portfolio and organizational involvement to a core select few existing and new ventures that enthused her and that could bring about the most positive change across the globe. It was also the year that saw her take her first 14,000 feet skydive.
2011 saw her native Scotland recognise her as one of 50 Highland Heroes from the last 500 years—an honour of which she is extremely proud. Her personal pastimes include: photography, abstract painting, pottery, yoga, tennis, kayaking, year round sea swimming, surfing, body boarding, movies and chilling out at the beach when she should be in the office. She is a self-confessed brain neuroscience groupie and space science geek.
Earlier this year she was one of only 150 people from around the globe who were invited by NASA to witness the final launches of Space Shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Centre, Cape Canaveral. The behind the scenes experience at NASA, which included private time with astronauts, technicians, scientists and NASA chiefs was definitely one of Anne’s favourite lifetime experiences. To cap it off it even included a photo opportunity with Anne leaning against the NASA countdown clock—a childhood dream come true. Anne since re-confirmed that she still wants to be a stowaway on the first manned mission to Mars!
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Kiva is a not-for-profit social lending service that enables users to make loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world. The organisation’s goal is simple—to reduce world poverty though small, person-to-person interest-free loans, known as micro-finance. 100% of donations made by event attendees in lieu of payment for their FREE ticket will fund micro-loans to their less fortunate fellow entrepreneurs.