The creative behind
meet kathy o. lofton, mba, mpa
Kathy O. Lofton is an actress, award-winning indie filmmaker, director, photographer, content writer and published author. The Memphis native also consults and delivers media services and advocacy programming under her small business, Lofton Media.
Little Known Facts:
Did you know that Kathy produced her VERY first documentary at age 10? She won her first social campaign t-shirt design contest at age 11. At age 14, she won first-place in her school's talent show.
Her career history includes working in the government, recreation, financial, health care, logistics, non-profit, communications, and education sectors. Amid her career jobs, she has served as a substitute teacher for nearly 15 years in both suburban and inner-city schools, working with mainstream, marginal, and special needs students. Vocational education and curriculum development for at-risk young adults seeking a GED and job skills training was among her first full-time jobs.
Kathy has actively supported her local community by sitting on non-profit boards, assuming leadership roles in organizations, and volunteering. She is a former chapter president of the National Black MBA Association, where she served as a CEO advisory board member and received the “Chapter of the Year” award two consecutive years. She is the only one with this distinction in the history of the Memphis, TN chapter. Over the years, she has been nominated and/or received recognition culminating in seven awards on the local and national levels.
One example is her gifts leading to a first-place win in a national essay contest hosted by Samsung Electronics. Her winnings were directed to benefit an inner-city elementary school in dire need of updated technical resources. Another is hailing as one of the top 3 finalists and a monetary prize winner in a community-themed PSA competition sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves, Bridges, and the National Civil Rights Museum. Her PSA concept focused on the possibilities for the youth males in detention at Juvenile Court in Downtown Memphis. Vulnerable populations, especially the elderly, at-risk, and impaired, are a strong area of purpose for this generational family caregiver.
"Kathy O" is a graduate of the Fogelman College of Business at the former Memphis State University (BBA), Union University (Executive MBA, very first Germantown campus cohort,) and Baruch College/Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at CUNY (MPA). Her Master of Public Administration degree was attained via a highly competitive public service fellowship. She is a 2007 National Urban Fellow, a 2004 graduate of Nexus Leadership, and a 2010 graduate of Leadership Memphis.