Kim Newton is passionate about leadership and innovation. She’s an exceptional developer of people and has advised hundreds of leaders personally and professionally. She has a unique right-brain/left brain approach to helping people and companies meet their full potential.
Kim is a seasoned global marketing executive, board director, advisor, artist and entrepreneur. During her two decades at Hallmark she directly influenced global corporate strategy and led transformation across a $4B diversified portfolio of top brands. 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 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Big Lots (NYSE: BIG). Kim is an active advisor to several female-led businesses.
Kim has always left space for creation of her own art, a modern approach to quilting. Kim’s quilts have been called “unique and inspiring contemporary fiber art that tells a story and ignites the spirit.” In 2019, after leaving Corporate America, Kim sold her first piece that now hangs on the wall of Oprah Winfrey. Since that time, she has embraced and loves nurturing her artist self.
As the founder of Alexis Enterprises, LLC, Kim brings to life all of her passions. An art studio focused on her one-of-a-kind art quilts. The Intentional Pause™ Project, a media, product and experience platform helping women to embrace pausing as a powerful way forward to achieve their dreams. And her line of handcrafted specialty gift quilts positioned as extraordinary keepsakes for self or others.
Kim was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, received her BA in Accounting from Fisk University and her MBA from Vanderbilt University. She is a proud member of the African American Arts Collective, the Executive Leadership Council, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, 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. Her mentorship and community work is focused on issues that advance women, girls, and the arts.
Kim lives in Kansas City 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.”
“In today’s crazy world people are looking for unique and long-lasting ways to connect, to be present even when they cannot, and to inspire themselves and those they love. I want to help fulfill those needs.”
“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 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.”
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, 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 lives at the intersection of innovation, strategy, culture and creativity…Mike Lundgren, Managing Director Innovation Strategy VMLY&R
Kim’s ‘superhero power’ is her natural leadership talent. She is one of those rare individuals who is confident, poised and able to connect with everyone in the room.Maria Renz, VP Delivery Experience Amazon
Kim has an extremely accessible and authentic mentoring style that wants to develop others. She is not afraid to use herself as an example which make her advice so impactful. Kim is a lifeline for me!Alyssa Raine, Group Vice President, Brand Marketing and Creative at Walgreens