EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth of a seven-part series profiling the women chosen as the 2007 Women of Distinction by the Heart of Texas Girl Scout Council.

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

That old saying, “What goes around comes around” is a gentle reminder for Katy Lord for how she lives her life.

“I try to sow good seed,” Lord said. “How you handle situations defines your character and I want to be a good example for others.”

She values honesty and integrity, and those, Lord said, are the seeds she uses in every part of her life — family, church, career and community.

“I believe in the golden rule, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” Lord said.

Lord and her husband Eddie have lived in Brown County for 12 years. The couple has two daughters, Geneva, 5, and Sophie, 3, and are expecting a third child in December.

She is active at Victory Life Church where she is a Women’s Connection leader and Sunday school coordinator for the 4- and 5-year-old children. She currently serves as vice chair for the West Central Texas Workforce Development Board and is a past board member for the Brownwood Rotary Club, Brownwood Chamber of Commerce and Goodwill Board of Directors.

Lord founded Demand Staff, Inc. and for eight years has owned and operated the company which contracts with employers for temporary staffing.

“I started the business at 28, designed the logo, initiated sales calls, trained staff and managed temporary employees,” Lord said.

When their family grew to include their two daughters, Lord made the decision to cut back her work schedule to part time so she could spend more time with her family.

“My parents were very strong role models for me, each in their own respect,” Lord said.

“My mom was home when I came home from school. Our friends always said our home was like ‘Leave It To Beaver’. My parents were always there for us, involved in our activities, attending soccer games and helping with homework.”

In her home growing up, Lord said, education was important and she and her brother were provided the home environment so they could do their best in school. She learned the good family values she tries to instill in her daughters and generations to come.

“I saw there was a balance between career and family and the importance of both,” Lord said of her parents’ example.

“The lessons I’ve learned and would try to pass on are to treat everyone fairly and turn adversity into opportunity,” Lord said.

“But I would also say to someone young, ‘Be whatever you want to be. You’re not limited in what you can do. The opportunity is there, if you take it.”