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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, 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. Kim is an active investor in and 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 member of the board of directors for Big Lots (NYSE: BIG). She is a proud member of 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, community work and 20+ years of non-profit board experience are focused on issues that advance women, girls, and the arts. Kim lives in Kansas City with her husband, Nikki, and their daughter Piper.