The founder of Spirit of Entrepreneurship, publisher and women’s group leader Cathy Feldman died Feb. 8 from complications of ALS, surrounded by dear friends.
A memorial to celebrate her life is being planned, but details are pending. A tribute to her legacy at the 2019 Spirit of Entrepreneurship awards May 3 also is planned. Read more about her life here.
” It is difficult to express our heartache for her loss or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with her as she truly made a difference in so many lives,” said Marcia Bailey, founder of Women’s Economic Ventures. “Building the Spirit of Entrepreneurship was an act love for Cathy over the past decade and we will honor her memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing her work. “
Bailey said Feldman loved connecting, supporting, and encouraging women. “We were all fortunate to have her touch our lives,” Bailey said. “Whether it was as the founder, board chair, and CEO of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship, as the founder and publisher of Blue Point Books, co-founder of the Women’s Executive Network , or as the executive director of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) in Santa Barbara, Cathy never stopped inspiring us.”
“If you would like to remember Cathy, tributes can be made in her memory to the Cathy Feldman Fund at Women’s Economic Ventures to support high school and college student entrepreneurship through the Spirit of Entrepreneurship program,” Bailey said. “This fund was created in 2018 to honor Cathy and provide an opportunity for the SOE community to continue her legacy.”
Feldman is survived by her sister, Wendy Morton, a poet living in Sooke, B.C.; a brother & sister-in-law, Dave & Lynne Fischgrund of South Bend, and three nieces: Lily Diamond Los Angeles/Maui; Anne Fischgrund and Beth Fischgrund Ainbinder of Indianaopolis, as well as cousins and friends.