Kimberly, a native of Boston, moved to Atlanta in 1989 to work for FM Global. Shortly thereafter, she was recruited away to work for ING. Kimberly enjoyed contributing to launching ING America Life University. In 1992, she launched her own coaching and consulting practice, The Kare Group, at the urging of her mentor, Dr. Stephen R. Covey. Kimberly enjoyed contributing to launching ING America Life University. In 1992, she launched her own coaching and consulting practice, The Kare Group, at the urging of her mentor, Dr. Stephen R. Covey.
Home Roam: Roam Alpharetta
1. You’ve been an invested member for several years now, having joined 3 years ago in September 2011! Why did you choose to run your business out of Roam?
I was first introduced to roam by a fellow coach when she asked me to meet for coffee. She described roam as Starbucks on Steroids. It quickly became a great place for informal and formal meetings. I always received compliments on the venue, and now choose roam to have my local meetings. I enjoy the quiet camaraderie and culture built over the years. It is ideal for ideation, planning and producing.
2. Tell me about Coach Kimberly International and why you decided to start your own company.
I started my coaching and consulting firm in 1992 at the urging of two mentors, Dr. Stephen R. Covey and Thomas Leonard. For the first 20 years we were known as The Kare Group, which represented our philosophy – Knowledge + Attitude + Resources + Execution = Success. After our 20th anniversary, we worked with a branding company and became Coach Kimberly International aka CKI. I resisted the rebrand at first because there are a many coaches in the industry today. I am a founding member of ICF and one of the first coaching pioneers. I work internationally with a great team of Senior Consultants and Master Certified Coaches, so I accepted the new brand. What speaks to me most is the apple in our logo as it represents wisdom. Whether you’re a fortune 100 CEO or a start up, CKIs goal has and always will be, “Moving you forward to become and give back your best self.”
3. Who (people or organizations) has been essential for your success so far?
My mom and dad came from very successful entrepreneurial legacies i.e. MacGregor Sporting Goods and Kimberly Clark Corporation. I have been very blessed to be mentored by the best in leadership and human development – Dr. Stephen R. Covey, John C. Maxwell, Thomas Leonard, and Rick Warren. I believe in mentoring and am currently investing my knowledge and experiences in a young professional in Knoxville, TN – Brielle Hoffman
4. What is the advantage for someone in your industry to work in a place like Roam?
Roam offers me flexibility. I can pop into a location and get some work done between meetings or book a room for a private meeting. It’s a superior choice to a coffee shop for the occasional business coffee chat. When I need a large meeting space with catering needs, Roam can fulfill that business need as well. I have made many connections through my membership, and the staff’s aim at connection shines through all they offer. Again, the flexibility to grow with your business needs and provide consistency is the key benefit of a Roam membership.
5. What is your favorite Cafe drink to have at Roam?
Hot Chocolate. I order it without whip cream in a styrofoam cup and with a shot of peppermint coffee flavor when available. Ebony knows what I want before I even ask!