Each year, we ask locals to nominate Bucks County’s most influential people – men and women who are shaping the community, influencing their industries, and making a difference. Dozens of amazing stories were submitted about passionate and committed locals. At Bucks Happening, we salute all those who wake up every morning with the intention of leaving the world just a little bit better.
10 outstanding individuals have been named the Top 10 Movers & Shakers of the year, and we have the honor of sharing their stories on Bucks Happening. Meet Newtown's Natalie Kaye, the driving force behind On Demand! Programs and Events, a talent booking agency. Through her company, she also provides free programs to patients of Alzheimer's by partnering with the Dementia Society of America. In addition to her business, Natalie is the current chair of the Interfaith Community of Lower Bucks County, on the planning committee of the Yardley Peace Festival, on the Bucks County Human Relations Council and Women's Advisory Council, and serves on the board of the African American Museum of Bucks County.
Bucks Happening: What motivates you every morning?
Natalie: I get out of bed excited about the day and all the many ways I will be of service, through my company, On Demand Programs and Events and to my friends and family and community.
Bucks Happening: Who inspires you?
Natalie: For me a perfect day is a day that includes beauty, music, learning, good friends, good food and a feeling of fulfillment and accomplishment.
The people that inspire me are those that demonstrate courage and stand up for injustice. My heroes are Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Eleanore Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, etc. People that save lives by their actions and people who work for peace also inspire me.
Bucks Happening: How did you decide to start On Demand Program and Events?
Natalie: I used to present programs at the Women's Center at Bucks County Community College. When they closed the Women's Center at the college, I still wanted to offer the kinds of programs that I brought there – programs that inspire, enrich, inform and entertain. I was moved to start my own company, On Demand Programs and Events, http://www.ondemandprogramsandevents.com/.
Bucks Happening: Which achievement are you most proud of?
Natalie: I am most proud of starting my business and watching it grow and the service that it provides.
Bucks Happening: What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
Natalie: The biggest challenge I've had to overcome is being afraid to be a businesswoman – not thinking I had what it took or could do it.
Bucks Happening: What is the biggest accomplishment that you’d like to achieve over the next 5 years?
Natalie: I would like my company to the go-to resource for entertainment and speakers and to have my artists and speakers be performing in many larger venues, such as theaters and concert halls.
Bucks Happening: How do you think your friends & coworkers would describe you?
Natalie: I think they would say “She's someone who gets the job done.” You can see how my clients describe me at http://www.ondemandprogramsandevents.com/praisepress.html.
Bucks Happening: Where’s your favorite place to go in Bucks County?
Natalie: My favorite place to go is Peace Valley Park. I got married there and it's so beautiful. It's hard to choose because there are so many places in Bucks County. I also love the Bristol Riverside Theater. I found many of my performers there and we've been subscribers for over 13 years.
Bucks Happening: You can take a time machine back to visit yourself 10 years ago. What advice would you give?
Natalie: I would tell myself to believe more in myself and my talents, skills and abilities and have faith that all will be well. I would also tell my younger self that aging is not something to fear but to appreciate and welcome. I would also say “Make the rest of your life the best of your life”.
Bucks Happening: Same question but 10 years in the future.
Natalie: I would say live every moment as fully as you can.
Plus, take a look back at the Top 10 Movers & Shakers from 2013, 2014, & 2015. You can read about more outstanding individuals from across the region in Hunterdon County, Northern Delaware, Montgomery County, & Philadelphia.