KADODITZ means ‘can do this!’ - it’s my family’s mantra. When my mother was young she wouldstubbornly exclaim 'Kadoditz!’ to let everyone know she could do just about anything. Her depression era parents believed in getting the most out of what you had - so they co-opted my mom's cry for independence as the family mantra, naming their farm and their first family business Kadoditz. Now, three generations later, I’ve rekindled KADODITZ to help others find their ‘can do.’
ABOUT KELLY JO
I’m a black sheep of black sheep - the child of bikers, the grandchild of blue-collar entrepreneurs, ferociously independent at a young age, and now completely committed to creating systems to help others be their very best selves. Ever wonder if you are doing enough? If you are challenging yourself enough? If you are fulfilling your creative potential? I’m here to help you - I’m basically obsessed with it. I want to help you find your creative spark and light the world on fire with it. I want you to burn down all the expectations others have placed on you and help you find yourself and your creative voice. Most importantly - I want to help you make a commitment to your future self and help you make good on that promise!
I’ve been creating visions of the future, and the systems to get there, for my entire career - like designing new ways to build shoes, to own cars, to use public space, and to foster community on the NYC subway. In short I'm a professional instigator, I provoke the present to create the future - basically I’m a fire-starter. I challenge assumptions and help people and organizations become their very best, sometimes despite themselves. This is just who I am, who I have always been - fiercely independent, as any child of bikers would be, and always looking for a challenge. I was the kid with high test scores that couldn’t understand why anyone would bother actually going to school on the regular. I willed college to happen - paying my way through three degrees. I received my first (big time) job offer after presenting a future vision focused on the needs of the public and the criticality of corporate responsibility - a man in a suit approached, extended his hand, and said, “You are the kind of person we love to hate, consider this a job offer.” I’ve been lighting creative fires ever since.
I live in Brooklyn, frequent many coffee shops, listen to post-punk grrrl bands, stay up late watching the Twilight Zone, and occasionally draw aggressively cute illustrations.