Kim A. Wolfe

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Change champion Kim Wolfe, in brief.

Kim A. Wolfe

Home: Sparta, NJ.  Age: Old enough to know better.  Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY.  Profession: Business executive.  Pronouns: Sher/Her/Hers.  Significant other: My partner in everything, Dorant Wolfe.  Alma mater: The Wharton School of Business (MBA); St. John’s University (BS, Quantitative Analysis).

Current project: Making my team the best it can possibly be by building up the people, leveraging modern technologies and simplifying processes.  Latest accomplishment: Creating a local Secret Supper Club with my chef husband where we host private gourmet dinner parties several times a month.  Latest contribution to others: Helping people set up small businesses.  Hobbies: Discovering the intriguing victories, struggles and scandals of my ancestors through genealogy research.  Recent travel or adventure: Exploring the island of Vieques off the coast of Puerto Rico.  Last book read: Zapp! The Lightning of Empowerment by William C. Byham.  Recently viewed and recommended: Your Honor (Showtime drama series).

Personality profile: Gallup CliftonStrengths: Input, Achiever, Command, Learner, Individualization.  What one word or phrase would your closest friend use to describe you? Problem solver.  Moral compass: My gut always keeps me on the right path.  What is your greatest joy? Aside from my spending time with my family, enjoying a cup of coffee sitting outside and marveling at nature.  What is your guilty pleasure? Hand crafted costume jewelry.  What natural talent have you neglected? I taught myself graphic design and learned that I’m really good at it.  It’s not something I need in my day-to-day job, so I use it to help local small businesses. What is at the top of your bucket list? African safari.  How do you relieve stress? Watching mindless TV.  

What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Books and spending hours in the library were more my passion than toys and games.  What book have you repeatedly read? I don’t really re-read books, but have read Langston Hughes’ poem, Dreams, time and time again.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? A collection of vinyl record clocks cut into the city skylines of where I lead teams.  Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? My husband.  His support, confidence and encouragement have driven many of my own achievements.   What’s the best advice you received growing up? My father gave me the book, Cheaper by the Dozen, about a famous efficiency expert and his family of 12 children.  Inspired me to remain focused on my own efficiency, whether I’m taking six steps to accomplish what could be done in three.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? The internet and the way it empowers us with immediate access to information.  What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? 9/11 and being outside the World Trade Center when the towers were struck.  

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? 

Increasing technology adoption amongst in-house lawyers.

What change would you like to see in the world? I’d love for there to no longer be a need for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.  What mega-trend most excites you? The disruption caused by the fintech market in how people send money to one another, and pay each other for goods and services is fascinating, particularly as it relates to the “underbanked” in third world countries.  What is your big idea? Hmm... if I shared this, then someone else might do it before I get the chance.

Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My father, to tell him about all of the things I’ve been able to achieve due to his influence.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A kindergarten teacher.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Artwork created by my children.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? On a beach, laughing about funny memories with my family.  What advice would you give your younger self? Don’t let anyone convince you that you are not good enough.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? The first five years of my children’s lives.  I’d spend more quality time with them and work less.

Personal motto: You CAN have everything in life, just not at the same time.  Favorite quote: “Just do it” (Nike).  Desired epitaph: A devoted wife and mother who spent most of her life taking care of everyone else.

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