Kate is one of the most recognizable faces in the business world. From being the face of Estee Lauder to being named one of the “Most Influential Women in Business” by Fortune, her influence reaches far beyond the cosmetic industry. In 2019, Forbes rated Kate as the 7th highest paid woman in the world, with an estimated worth of over $150 million.

A Passion For Excellence

Kate is passionate about excellence. She has been quoted as saying, “I think that if you’re not passionate about something, you shouldn’t be in it. You should do something you’re passionate about. If you’re not good enough at something, you should try and find a way to be better at it.” Even in her personal life, Kate prioritizes quality over quantity. She only dates people she feels can match her standard of excellence. She has said, “I won’t settle for anything less than perfect, and I don’t want to date anyone that doesn’t share my passion for quality.”

Kate is a role model for excellence in so many ways. For one, she strives for excellence in her personal life. She only works with the best stylists and make-up artists, travels to the best places for luxury shopping, and eats only the finest foods. Even the way she handles herself in public is outstanding. When asked if she ever gets sick of being photographed all the time, she quipped, “No, I never get sick of being photographed. It’s my job. I’m just honored to have been chosen to be a role model.”

A Businesswoman With A Heart

Kate is a classically trained businesswoman, whose career in the cosmetic industry spanned over 40 years. However, her heart was always in marketing and sales, so much so that she ran her own company for several years before officially joining Estee Lauder. Kate has always been passionate about giving something back to the community, and in the late 1990s she founded the KEP Foundation, which provides support services for children and families affected by AIDS. She’s also devoted significant time and resources to anti-bullying initiatives, particularly in schools.

A Woman Who Sets An Example

Beyond being a successful businesswoman, Kate has also achieved legendary status as a role model for women in business. She’s been featured on countless magazine covers, and when asked about her greatest strength as a businesswoman, she replied, “My ability to inspire other women to be their best. I believe that women can accomplish anything they set their minds to, and I want to help them believe in themselves. That’s why I do what I do.”

An Influencer & Activist

Kate is an influencer and activist, who frequently uses her highly followed Instagram @katepeyton to speak out about important social issues. She’s championed body positivity for years, and in 2019 she became a global ambassador for the Born This Way campaign, an LGBTQ+ anti-bullying initiative. Kate has also been honored with a GLAAD Media Award for her advocacy, and in January 2020 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. She will represent Canada at the Women in Business session of the Global Conference for Sustainable Development in June.

Kate’s influence extends far beyond the cosmetic industry. She’s achieved such a level of success that she’s often been referred to as a “powerhouse”. However, it’s quite the opposite. This iconic businesswoman is quite humble and down to earth. When asked what makes her so special, she replied, “I’m just a girl from Toronto who loves to shop and enjoy being with family and friends. I never set out to be somebody special, but I am so grateful to have found a career that I love and feel passionate about.”