Modern B*a*g Ladies re-purposed proven lean tools in support of growing women owned and women centric businesses and organizations.
I’m serious and playful. I am passionate about the success of women in business, in life and in community. I believe our businesses thrive when we can bring every aspect of ourselves to all that we do, therefor it is key that the tools used apply to all aspects of our lives.
I mentor women business owners and women centric organizations to identify specific (and sometimes hidden) problems and how they can be solved, so they can achieve specific goals. I live for the moments when your eyes light up, when what you have learned and applied has and emotional connection to your center (Traveling Sanctuary) . Those are OH Yes Moments. When you have connected you WHY fuel with the right HOW tools.
I spent too many years of my career surpressing my feminine side. It wasn’t intentional. There were unspoken expectations I needed to meet to “succeed” in the corporate business culture I occupied. I don’t blame others. I needed to take responsibility for being me and succeeding on my own terms. Accepted or not, I needed to be true myself as a Traveling Sanctuary.
- Past team member and current supporter of Enchanted Makeovers, a non-profit organization the brings peace and possibility to women and children who have a temporary home in a shelter.
- Contributing author to The Survivor Manual, an online resource to help empower people to heal from abuse and lead joyful lives.
- 24 years business experience – quality systems, customer service, team leadership, marketing communications
- Family advocate for women and families in crisis due to violence and abuse
- Online Curriculum Development
- Technical Service Operations Management – Business to Business & Business to Consumer
- Proficient practitioner of business process improvement tools
- Product Recall Management – Internal and Third Party
- Marketing Communication
My Personal Journey
Two years leading up to January 2007 I was mentally and physically exhausted. The worst thing is that I thought I was suppose to feel this way as a working mother and wife. The exit sign was flashing but I had goals and things to accomplish, which kept my head peering straight ahead. Many bought and burrowed beliefs were driving my direction and distracting me from stopping and accessing. I was on too busy mom, wife, career woman highway. Finally I had to listen to my body. This lead to a 6 week medical leave, during which time my husband was at work and my children were in school during the day. I WAS ALL ALONE WITH MY THOUGHTS. This alone thing was a foreign concept for me. “How did I get here and where was I going from here?”
I immediately set out on a journey of self discovery, which involved putting different things in my BAG. I started reading more. I started to journal. I listened to my favorite music more on my IPOD. (Dancing is my action word, THE “A” in BAG that fuels me.) I started calling my BAG my Traveling Sanctuary. What I came to realize is that my BAG was a metaphor for me. I needed fuel and tools to be the Traveling Sanctuary. I needed to be at home with myself everywhere I went, so others would feel comfortable being themselves with me. It is a journey that continues, which fuels Modern B*a*g Ladies’ mission, philosophy, projects and tools which were born from my own self discovery process and through re-purposing the tools I had learned in my career. I developed the Discover Your B*a*g Continuum Model as a result of my journey, which is a tool I use to help other women discover they own personal continuum.
“Kim is an intelligent, articulate, and highly motivated professional with a passion for education and women’s issues. She is a visionary who is able to see the big picture and craft well developed plans to tackle any project. She would be a great asset to any team.” – Myra Roldan, Instructional Design Professional
Trust me. I know what it’s like, keeping it inside, reserving the little bit of fuel I have just for myself. I would think to myself, “If I raise a healthy, happy family, keep my house clean, pay my bills on time, I am surely doing my part to contribute to the world. Little did I know that this attitude, which I blamed on my shyness, was my security, protecting myself from the fears of my own power.
If I knew my true power, well that meant I would be responsible for sharing it with others, right? Now, I knew I was a smart, capable lady. I soaked up self help books, was respectful to others and gave the occasional word of encouragement. One day, or probably many days, I knew it wasn’t enough, but what exactly was I going to do with this new found knowledge? I needed to strip myself of my labels, expose my vulnerability and focus on giving more. This also meant that I needed to seek out more fuel and open myself up to what the world had to offer. I had to share my true self and my (H)(E)art.
As it turns out, when I shared my fuel it became the most eco-friendly, renewable resource I have ever come to know. As I started to extend myself, the world extended itself right back at me, and in surprising ways. Granted, I have had to resort to faith and patience at times, but in its mysterious ways the world continues to say “OH YES” to me.
We are all a work in progress and with the help of many, including some incredible ladies, known and unknown, I am receiving some pretty powerful fuel. It is in my hands to make good use of it. Sharing and listening to stories along the way is a vital fuel source for myself and others. From this experience Modern B*a*g Ladies makes it a priority to share the stories of women from all walks of life. Their stories fuel our desire to support each others quest for ourselves.
Designing with Kim since 2008, I’ve come to know her as a creative and savvy entrepreneur who can take a concept and develop it into a solid business solution. In Modern Bag Ladies, Kim offers women a creative gathering spot that connects women all over the world, and empowers each of us to discover and define our own B.A.G (Believe, Act, Go!) mission in life while having a ton of fun along the journey. Kirsten Ford, graphic designer, Focus Design