International Women's Day: Kitty Morgan

Kitty Morgan, First Republic Client

March 4, 2014

Since the early 1900’s, International Women’s Day has been observed throughout the world, inspiring women and celebrating their achievements. This year’s theme is ‘Inspiring Change’, and it encourages advocacy for women’s advancement everywhere, in every way. In honor of this, First Republic Bank would like to share the perspectives of some of our exceptional women clients. 

As soon as Kitty Morgan could hold a pencil, she started writing. Her first job out of UC Berkeley was at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and she has since worked at several national magazines, including Oprah, Better Homes and Gardens and Sunset. She is now at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she is the assistant managing editor overseeing food, wine, home, garden and style. 

WHAT ACCOMPLISHMENT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

The fact that so many of the people I've hired over the years have gone on to great things. Being able to nurture and grow young talent--that's so fulfilling.

IF YOU COULD TURN THE CLOCK BACK TO WHEN YOU WERE STARTING YOUR CAREER, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOURSELF?

Discipline. Finish what you start. My only regrets are not completing several projects that I had the luck to be involved with. Remember that you only get so many lucky breaks in your life; don't squander a one.

WHO HAS BEEN A ROLE MODEL TO YOU IN YOUR LIFE/CAREER AND WHY?

I've had great role models--hard to choose. Right now, I'd say a key figure is a woman 20 years younger than myself, Sarah Weiner, executive director of the Good Food Awards here in San Francisco. Sarah started the non-profit from scratch, and has turned it into a real champion of small food businesses. She has drive, vision and great personal charm. And she saw an opportunity to create something new and jumped in. I want to be her!

THIS YEAR’S THEME FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IS ‘INSPIRING CHANGE’. IF YOU COULD IMPACT CHANGE, HOW WOULD WOMEN’S LIVES LOOK 50 YEARS FROM NOW?

While there are many issues women face in this country, none compare to what most women face elsewhere in the world, where they are often viewed as chattel, their lives less valuable than men's. Women's education and opportunity, I would love to see that expanded.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR LEGACY TO BE?

I'd like to have played a part, even a small part, in the huge change that media--and newspapers in particular--are undergoing. I'd like to see real journalism thrive.

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