WHO AM I ?
If you are reading this, you are curious as to who I am and what I may have to offer. I admit that what I wish to do changes on a yearly basis. Woman’s prerogative remember? Heading into my third act, I have come to realize that what I wish to do is empower women. I am not a guru, a counselor or a fairy godmother. I am a curious seeker of information. I like to question people (ie. interview) in order to learn and apply those lessons to my own life (and now to yours as well). I need empowering as much as the next person, but I do know how to express myself, and I have been told that I often shine when doing so authentically. Thus the journey to empower women to reach for their dreams and shine.
From the time I was 7, I wanted to be an actress. I always delighted in donning boas and tiaras, tutus and high tops, dancing, singing and pretending. Fashion was a part of this passion and I have been involved in the fashion industry in some form or another for over 30 years (shopping doesn’t count, although I have done more than my fair share of that!) I have seen it all and worn it all. From hot pants and fringed vests to bow ties and power suits. My style has gone hither and yon as I experimented while expressing myself via what I wore. I didn’t always shine, I can assure you of that. However, I had a wonderful time playing, experimenting and creating different personas of the day.
OTHER STUFF I DID - that helped form who I am today.
Went to an all girls school in Florida for 6 years (I could write a book) and travelled north to earn a degree in English from Colgate University in upstate New York (learned how to walk in snow). Loved the snow so much (insert smiley face) that when accepted to The Newhouse School at Syracuse University in Broadcast Journalism, I said heck yea and a masters degree follows my name.
THE NYC years - 8 of them.
I drank coffee on soap operas, tried out for Broadway shows, and performed in many community theatre productions. I also worked. For money. I had “real” jobs and I also sold sandwiches in hair salons.
Favorite real job - GLAMOUR Magazine - where I brought the pages of the Magazine to life around the country via fashion shows and live presentations.
THE CITY BY THE BAY
Had my fill of “the city” and SF was calling.
As Fashion Director at Saks Fifth Avenue, Palo Alto, I honed my fashion show skills and ended up producing, choreographing and directing fashion shows for 20 years, through my company Kim’s Fashion Fun.
I married a groovy guy, and had two sparkling offspring, one of each variety. LOVES of my life.
What does any of this have to do with empowering women?
It was while producing fashion shows, featuring real people, not just trained models, that I realized how easy it is for people to transform themselves and shine. Given the opportunity, women, men, boys and girls of all shapes and sizes took to the runway for their 2 minutes of fame. Some were eager, some reticent, but at the culmination, when the lights came on and the music swelled, every one of the “models” found their inner glow. I heard time and time again that what they received by stepping out of their comfort zone, was truly confidence building.
When I witnessed the power that a change of clothes, a lively song, and words of encouragement had, I decided that I wanted to find a way to empower people (ok, women) to do the same for themselves on a regular basis.
So, you ask, how are you going to empower women?
I am going to host events across the country (your cue to go to the events tab) with panels of really, cool, amazing women who have followed their passion and pursued what makes them truly shine.
I will lead them in a panel discussion (remember me, the broadcast journalism masters degree holder) encouraging them to share their stories, answer questions, and provide other women with the inspiration to find and follow their passion.
I am developing fun and fab workshops for women to help them access their own inner strength and power in order to SHINE on! (Did I mention they will be fun?)
ONE ON ONE
I am also a Certified Kaizen Muse Creativity Coach, Personal Shopper, and builder up of egos.