Executive. Artist. founder.
Kim enjoyed a 20+ year career with one of the world’s largest privately-held companies in America, most recently serving as senior vice president of Consumer Experience for the Hallmark brand. Kim’s successful executive career has resulted in a reputation as a resourceful and action-oriented strategic thinker with a proven ability to initiate, lead, collaborate and drive results.
She is also a contemporary fabric artist whose work has been recognized as unique and inspiring. She has been invited to exhibit her work nationally and is in studio preparing for her first solo exhibition in 2020.
Kim is a fierce supporter of women. Having mentored hundreds of women, helping them navigate corporate America while staying true to their personal passions. Kim saw an opportunity. She developed The Intentional PauseTM, a five-step philosophy to help ambitious, often overwhelmed and sometimes underwhelmed, women PAUSE and move forward with intention. Kim wants to help as many women as she can ActifyTM their dreams.
Kim is a thought leader and tackles business challenges with humility, energy and a desire to innovate. It is the same way she engages those around her personally and professionally. Kim is all about potential.Carly Burton, VP Design Strategy, JP Morgan
The world needs Kim – the leader, the creative designer, the speaker and the healer.Trudy Bourgeois, Founder & CEO, The Center for Workforce Excellence
Kim is gifted intellectually, dedicated to solving problems with a focus on doing what’s right, and brings a devotion and passion to her craft that inspires everyone around her to be their best. Kim carries herself with a level of professionalism, grace, and kindness that makes her equally accessible to the CEO and the janitor.Rob Bensman, CEO Indigo Wild
Kim Newton is a powerful, strategic leader who makes everything she touches better. Her creativity, intellectual curiosity, and executive leadership separate her from her peers.Cindy Mahoney, President Hallmark International
Kim is an experienced speaker and enjoys engaging audiences not only in corporate environments, but also at conferences and events. She has 15+ years of board experience specializing in translating corporate best practices to improve the effectiveness of non-profit entities. Personally, Kim and her family are committed to organizations that focus on driving thought leadership, human dignity and advancing the arts. Active board memberships include: Notre Dame de Sion School (preschool – 8th lower school and all-girls high school), TEDxKC (one of the world’s largest and longest-running independent TED events) and Giving the Basics (a nationally sought after human dignity model serving +250K in KS and MO).
She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Fisk University and a master’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University. Kim is a founding member of both the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and the United Way African-American Initiative, and is a member of The Executive Leadership Council, Network of Executive Women, The African-American Artists Collective, The Links, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Kim was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, but now lives in Kansas City with her husband, Nikki, and their daughter Piper.
Notable accomplishments and recognition
“Most Influential African-American Women in Corporate America”
in 2019 by Savoy Magazine
“Most Influential African-Americans in Corporate America”
in 2018 by Savoy Magazine
Member of the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows
within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
Young Alumnus of the Year
Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University