Kate Hester – Actions Speak Louder

Posted by Rodan + Fields on Monday, March 24th, 2014

In the middle of a brutal Colorado winter, Kate Hester rushed her two-week-old son to the hospital. As his oxygen levels continued to drop, her panic rose and so did her feeling of helplessness as she waited for the news that he was battling a dangerous virus. As she paced the floor of his small hospital room, full of the worry a mother feels when her child is in danger, miles away strangers were taking advantage of her misfortune. She returned home to find chaos. Her house had been robbed and ransacked, and the sanctuary that should have awaited her had instead been transformed into a nightmare. Fortunately, her son fully recovered, but the disaster left behind by the criminals took much longer to overcome. Instead of experiencing only the joy that comes with having a new member of their family home, Kate’s family had to deal with the trauma of a home invasion. And if you’re familiar with the old superstition that bad things come in three’s, you won’t be surprised that during that very same week, Kate’s other child also fell ill. Needless to say, it was a challenging time for Kate.

Kate Hester

Kate Hester with her beautiful family.

Life has a way of making us feel like we’re on a roller coaster ride sometimes. One day we might feel on top of the world, while the next can bring everything crashing down again.  And while most of us have people in our lives with whom we can talk, rarer are the friends who will take action when times are hard. That difficult winter when Kate’s life seemed to be turned upside down, she discovered what it means to have friends who will rush to your side when you need them the most. “What I will always remember about that time are the people who came forward to help, and most of them were Rodan + Fields® people.” Kate’s team of fellow Rodan + Fields Independent Consultants span the country, and recently have multiplied since she and her family moved from Denver to Wisconsin. They are a group of women who are not just in business together, but who support each other through all the many ups and downs that are part of the human experience. “I had people offering me hotel rooms, offering to clean my house, feed my dog, and this was all while they were preparing for an important convention. They still took the time to reach out to me, and it meant the world to me to know I have these people in my life.”

Kate became an Independent Consultant for Rodan + Fields three and half years ago when she was looking for a way to boost her income. Having worked from home for a non-profit in geriatric health care research for thirteen years, she has always appreciated the flexibility that working from home provides. But while she loves her work and is passionate about the prevention of elder abuse across the nation, the non-profit world doesn’t offer the most stable financial situation. Kate’s Rodan + Fields business has allowed her to continue her passion while stabilizing her income. And beyond that, it has expanded her circle of friends, whose support has inspired and motivated her over the years. “What has impressed me the most about being a part of the Independent Consultant team is that this is a group of women who make things happen. We all care about each other, and while the world we live in today can be so competitive and cut-throat, it’s comforting to know there are people like this in the world.”

A year after starting her Rodan + Fields business, Kate decided to take things to the next level. She surpassed her original goal of earning enough money to remodel her home, and that’s when she realized the potential of what she could do with her business. Just as she has experienced what it means to have people who take action when you need it most, she is driven to take action for people she knows need her now. Kate has plans to start her own foundation for the prevention of elder abuse, and thanks to her Rodan + Fields earnings, she sees that goal coming into fruition. “Elder abuse is a sad but real thing, and preventing it involves education and empowering people with the knowledge of what questions to ask the people who are caring for their loved ones. My goal is to be able to teach people how to be advocates, because our aging population is so often neglected.”

When Kate's children needed her most, she was able to count on the support of her Rodan + Fields family.

When Kate’s children needed her most, she was able to count on the support of her Rodan + Fields family.

Recently, Kate’s family returned to their native home of Wisconsin when Kate’s husband received and accepted a new job. That difficult winter is long behind them, but the love she felt from her friends is something she will always take with her. And one day soon, she will be able to show people through her foundation that we all need a little extra care from time to time. There are people right now who need someone not just to say they care, but to take the initiative to do something about it. Because when times are difficult, we all know that actions speak louder than words.

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13 responses to “Kate Hester – Actions Speak Louder”

  1. kellee says:

    Very inspiring story. Thank you for sharing!

  2. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that God up lifts the people that help others in a time of their need. May God continue to bless you and your family.

  3. Kelly Wasserburger says:

    Love this story! Kate you are a great leader, mentor and friend! Cheers to you and your success!

  4. I love your strength, genuine desire to help others, and your ability to always look at the half-full glass, instead of the half-empty one. I’m so happy for you and your team. Here’s to your continued success! xo

  5. Kate sounds like you are settling in. I did not realize you had left no wonder I haven’t seen you. Continue with your great leadership and enjoy being closer to home!

  6. Kate you are such an inspiration and I am so incredibly thankful to be a part of your team! You have been such an inspiration and amazing mentor to me! Thank you for all you do for us!!! xoxo

  7. Kim Krause says:

    I am the luckiest woman in the world to have Kate Hester as a business partner and friend! Kate, you are an inspiration to your team and mentor to many!!! Thank you for being who you are, because it’s pretty GREAT!! My only problem I have with you is that you moved and I miss you like crazy!

  8. Suzie Gunsauls says:

    You are so inspiring! I love seeing you build your business AND your family. Best wishes to you!

  9. I met Kate and her husband on our Level V trip. I knew instantly that she had a special gift and have loved seeing her bloom. I love the story! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Lisa Gilmore says:

    Thrilled to call you my great friend and business partner. Thank you so much for introducing me to R and F. You are the best mentor and leader a girl could ask for.

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