Kim Alexis Newton is an accessible yet wise guide and partner. Through her personal and professional expertise, experience, and artistry, she supports others on their emotional journeys of life (spoiler alert, that’s almost everything). through her personal and professional expertise, experience and artistry. She is an authentic and engaging speaker with experience facilitating small and large audiences with her inspiring and authentic style.
Kim Alexis Newton is an executive turned independent board director, author, entrepreneur, and fine artist. Kim is passionate about leadership and innovation and has a unique right-brain-left-brain approach to helping people and companies meet their full potential.
Kim’s credentials make her uniquely positioned to build creative and emotive brands at scale. During her two decades at Hallmark Cards, she ran a $1B business and led global corporate strategy and transformation across a $4B diversified portfolio of top brands across consumer packaged goods, retail and entertainment. She has been recognized multiple times as a top African American in Corporate America.
As a board director and advisor, Kim specializes in improving business performance through revenue growth prioritization, customer focus, digital capability development, and brand experience. She has more than 20 years of nonprofit board experience. Kim advises several female-led tech startups and is currently active on the board of Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) Inc. where she serves on the Audit and Nominating and Governance committees. Kim was named one of the Most Influential Black Corporate Directors in 2021.
Kim is an exceptional developer of people and teams and has passionately mentored hundreds of leaders–including a stint as a contract moderator for Netflix Leadership Programs. Her authentic leadership style which values intense partnership and visionary communication has inspired colleagues at all levels. She has a long-standing history of engaging employees through vision and their personal aspirations to drive measurable profitable results. Kim brings extensive experience in consumer marketing, corporate strategy, business development, omnichannel consumer experience, and digital transformation.
Kim believes creative agility is an important skill to keep transformation leaders sharp. That is why for the last 20 years she has left space for creation of her own art, a modern approach to quilting. In 2019, after leaving corporate America, Kim sold her first piece that now hangs on the wall of Oprah Winfrey. Kim has sold over a dozen pieces since that time and has exhibited at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
As the founder of Alexis Enterprises, LLC, Kim brings to life all of her passions. The art studio focuses on her one-of-a-kind fine art quilts. The Intentional PauseTM Project is a platform that helps women embrace pausing as a powerful way to strategize and enable a transformative personal plan. Her five-step approach comes to life in her first book, The Intentional Pause Dream Workbook. And Alexis Gift Quilts , her produced line of handcrafted quilts positioned as extraordinary gifts for self or others, which achieved over $1MM in sales in its first 9 months.
Kim was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area; she received her BA in accounting from Fisk University and her MBA from Vanderbilt University. She is a proud member of the National Association of Corporate Directors; Black Women on Boards The Executive Leadership Council; Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Incorporated; Jack and Jill of America; The Links, Incorporated; and the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. Kim sits on several non-profit boards including the Kansas City Arts Institute and TEDxKC.
Kim lives in Leawood, Kansas, with her husband, Nikki, and their daughter Piper.
“When I was 22, I learned how to quilt the traditional way from my grandmother. That summer changed my life – learning a time-honored tradition while spending time with one of the most important women in my life. For me, it was a new creative awakening.”
“I created #theintentionalpauseTM for one purpose – to empower women to follow their dreams using the power of the pause. I want to equip every woman with the partnership and support she needs to pursue her desired life.”
“I enjoy speaking to large and small groups about my journey and what I have learned. I strive to leave audiences inspired — no matter the topic.”
“I enjoy the governance work I do in the public and non-profit sectors. I am extremely lucky to work with leaders I admire and respect. Advising female tech startups is a symbiotic opportunity as an entrepreneur myself.”
“I care deeply about the future of our girls. That is why, with every purchase of my products, I give back to organizations that make a difference in the lives of girls and young women.”