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Kim Newton serves as Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Hallmark Cards, Inc. In her role, Newton directly influences global corporate strategy by advising on business issues and new opportunities within Hallmark’s diversified portfolio of businesses which includes a global greetings business distributed in more than 100 countries, retail stores, cable networks and Crayola. In addition, Newton leads a business development function focused on building digital capabilities and strategic business alliances. Kim’s successful 20-year tenure with the company has resulted in a reputation as a resourceful and action-oriented strategic thinker with a proven ability to initiate, lead, collaborate and drive results. Since joining, Kim has achieved positions of increasing levels of responsibility including directing performance for one of the largest business segments – Everyday Greetings. She is the co-founder and senior advisor to the Hallmark Women’s Network, a senior advisor to the Hallmark African-American Leadership Council and a member of the Hallmark Corporate Diversity Council. Passionate about serving her community, Kim has over 15 years of board experience specializing in translating corporate best practices to improve the effectiveness of non-profit entities. Her current board memberships include the Notre Dame de Sion School, Giving the Basics and the Starlight Theatre. Past board service includes the Family Conservancy, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. Kim is also a founding member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and the United Way African-American Initiative, and is a member of The Executive Leadership Council, The Network of Executive Women, The Links, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with honors from Fisk University and a MBA from Vanderbilt University. Kim is a member of the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.