Eyre Honored as a Woman of Influence in Diabetes Awareness
For Senior Strategist Kate Eyre, leading an influential life always came naturally. But when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the age of 27, she realized her need to make a difference went beyond just academic excellence and career success.
Recently honored as a 2016 “Woman of Influence” by the editorial team at Venue Media—publisher of LEAD Magazine—Eyre’s passion for making a difference in the lives of those with T1D has truly taken flight. The award celebrates women who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities while helping shape the success of their organization and community.
Selected from a pool of over 250 applicants, Eyre joins an esteemed group of 25 “Women of Influence,” each handpicked by Venue. While applicants are evaluated on a range of criteria, for Eyre, advancing the fight against T1D stands as a personal measure of success.
“My experience with diabetes has inspired me to use my own skills to help find a cure,” Eyre said. “And to help others live the best life possible, until one is found. It’s truly an honor to have been selected.”
Eyre sits on the board of directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of Southwest Ohio and has been a Senior Strategist with Seed Strategy, Inc. since 2015. Her duties with the JDRF include volunteer work, sourcing donations and organizing public outreach events to educate and inspire those affected by T1D.
One such event, held on Nov. 6, welcomed over 900 attendees and reached 60 families now just starting to cope with challenges of T1D—challenges that Eyre knows well. Eyre also managed to leverage celebrity support for JDRF, from Cincinnati Reds left fielder Adam Duvall, and NASA engineer Ernesto Prado—both of whom shared their inspiring stories of how to pursue your dream while living with T1D.
From Salt Lake City, Utah originally, Eyre is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with an MBA from Indiana University. She worked with Procter & Gamble from 2011 to 2015, before making the switch to agency life two years ago.
“For better for worse,” Eyre noted, “type 1 diabetes will always be a part of who I am. But the chance to turn that into something positive is a challenge I find very fulfilling.”