Meet Kelly Douglas, CEO of Itzy Ritzy in Naperville, IL, USA

Kelly Douglas and Family

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do professionally. Prior to founding Itzy Ritzy, I lived in New York City where I wrote a screenplay and worked on the feature films Margot at the Wedding starring Nicole Kidman and Funny Games starring Naomi Watts. I began my career as a strategy and technology consultant with Accenture in Chicago and New York City. At the age of 25, I served as the youngest Executive Director at Sunrise Assisted Living of Lincoln Park and Naperville and was a top 10 female finalist for season two of The Apprentice. I received my BS in Economics, Cum Laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1998.

I reside in Naperville, Illinois with my husband and two young daughters.

What do you enjoy most about your profession and why did you choose it in the first place? I love to create products that help busy parents (like me!) and have fun at the same time!

Tell us about the organizations your company supports and why? We support a variety of charities particularly in the mid-west where the effects of the economy of felt most.

What is the biggest risk you ever took professionally and/or the biggest obstacle you have overcome? I have made my career out of calculated risks such as starting Itzy Ritzy. The biggest obstacle for me was the self doubt and fear of failure. I overcame it by facing it head-on and with the love and support of friends and family.

From where do you draw inspiration? Who have been your role models, mentors, etc? I am constantly inspired by my husband Brian. He is my source of strength, encouragement and a constant role model.

How is the current economic situation affecting your company? Despite the economic down turn, Itzy Ritzy experiences a 25% growth rate, continues to penetrate international markets, manufactures products at two Chicago factories, introduces new products, and launched a lower priced sub brand that hit and in Summer 2009. My work with has generated national and local media attention including “The Big Idea ” with Donny Deutsch.

What one thing would you like to learn this year? I would love to learn to ballroom dance!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Right here!

What do you do for fun/relaxation/entertainment? I love the arts! Going to the theater or a live music performance is for me both entertaining and relaxing.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? Live your dreams!

Find and connect with Kelly on Twitter (@itzyritzy) and visit her WEBSITE at