Leadership

Kimberlee Williams, CEO

Kimberlee Williams, CEO of FEMWORKS

Kimberlee Williams is at the forefront of communities becoming engines of an economy that works for all. She is an innovator with an eye for vast visions and unique solutions. Over the course of a two-decade illustrious career, Kimberlee has developed a deep network of meaningful connections across different sectors that she draws upon to help people and businesses connect with one another.

A member of the inaugural TED Residency and Founding Curator of Newark Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum, Kimberlee embodies boundless energy and enthusiasm, and a powerful sense of commitment to the projects she accepts and to the organizations she collaborates with.

As CEO and Chief Marketing Strategist at FEMWORKS, she has perfected the balance of marketing and innovation needed to ignite creativity and add value through authentic connection and community engagement.

A Senior Fellow at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), Kimberlee is consciously a community builder; she has launched small business advocacy organizations; Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance and New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce. As a result, she was recognized by her peers with the 2014 New Jersey Social Entrepreneur of the Year at Rutgers Business School 1st Annual Entrepreneurship Awards Ceremony. Her continued efforts to leverage the power of global networks to shape projects and places in ways that transform metropolitan areas, embed technology and bring to life underutilized urban areas goes unparalleled.

Proudly extending her leadership acuity to her community as Senior Entrepreneur in Residence of the Newark Business Hub in 2016, a program of Rutgers Business School Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Kimberlee continues to lay the foundation for an ongoing conversation about how to equip entrepreneurs of distressed urban areas with the skills they need to expand, as well as to create an environment conducive to their success.

A BALLE fellow, Kimberlee is consciously a community builder; she has launched two small business advocacy organizations; Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance and New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce. As a result, she was recognized by her peers by being honored with the 2014 New Jersey Social Entrepreneur of the Year at Rutgers Business School 1st Annual Entrepreneurship Awards Ceremony. Her continued efforts to leverage the power of global networks to shape projects and places in ways that transform metropolitan areas, embed technology and bring to life underutilized urban areas goes unparalleled. Incessantly seeking to expand access to economic liberation globally, Kimberlee plans to continue to help cities provide opportunities for all individuals. Particularly underserved populations where the linkages between businesses and community and technical colleges/universities are often weak. Strengthening these connections contributes to a thriving economy

Proudly extending her leadership acuity to her community as Founder of the Newark Business Hub in 2016, a program of Rutgers Business School Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Kimberlee continues to lay the foundation for an ongoing conversation about how to equip residents of distressed urban areas with the skills they need to prosper, as well as to create an environment conducive to their success. Through conference panels, speaking engagements and innovating impactful events – Kimberlee Williams continues to champion the importance of financial inclusion for empowerment.

AFFILIATIONS

  • Inaugural Resident, TED Conferences:  The TED Residency program is an incubator for breakthrough ideas.

  • Founding Curator, Global Shapers Newark Hub: The Global Shapers, a community of the World Economic Forum, is a network of hubs developed and led by young people, primarily between the ages of 20 and 30 who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a difference in their communities.

  • Senior Entrepreneur in Residence, Rutgers Business School, Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.

  • New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Founder, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce: NGLCC supports and advocates for diversity and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) - owned businesses

  • New Jersey Sustainable Business Alliance Founder, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE): The BALLE community is changing how we think about the purpose of business and the economy. Together, we are changing mindsets from “every-man-for-himself” to an understanding that real security comes from community – from sharing not hoarding, from partnership not domination.

 

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