Entrepreneur and TV Personality Katie Brown to Speak at SHA

Jan 28, 2011

Contact:  Jane Henion, 607.255.9780, jmh222@cornell.edu

Katie Brown has been hailed as "TV's meat-and-potatoes Martha Stewart" by People magazine and "the doyenne of domesticity for Generation X" by USA TODAY. On Tuesday, February 15, 2011, she will be the featured speaker in the Conversations with Entrepreneurs series presented by the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at Cornell University. Brown will present from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. in 396 Statler Hall. She will dine with selected students after the event and meet with students, staff, and faculty the following day.

In less than a decade, Brown has become one of America's most beloved authorities on the home arts. The fifth season of her series, "Katie Brown Workshop," is currently airing on public television. Her meteoric rise has also included successful shows for the Lifetime, A&E, and Style networks; regular appearances on Oprah, Good Morning America, and Live with Regis and Kelly; and five books – Katie Brown Entertains, Katie Brown Decorates, Katie Brown's Weekends, Katie Brown's Outdoor Entertaining, and Katie Brown Celebrates. Her weekly home arts column appears in the New York Times, reaching millions of readers across the country.

Brown earned a degree in art history from Cornell University and studied acting in New York City before moving to Los Angeles. Between guest shots on network television and in commercials, she put her homemaking skills to work, producing luncheons and dinner parties for her friends. She left acting in 1994 and opened GOAT, a one-of-a-kind restaurant and store in Los Angeles. Television soon came calling again, this time in the form of lifestyle programming inspired by her charismatic triumph with GOAT.

The Conversations with Entrepreneurs series is sponsored by Hotelie Entrepreneurs, Cornell Hospitality Advisors, and eClips.