Kim Richards

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Non-profit CEO & change agent Kim Richards, in brief.

Kim Richards

Home: Los Angeles, CA.  Age: The perfect age!  Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson.  Title: CEO.  Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Alma mater: Western Washington University and life.  Languages spoken: Verbal & Nonverbal.

Current project: Enhancing equity and inclusion in our organization through the integration of DEI principles and practices into all roles and aspects of operations. Recent professional development: iPEC Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner.  Latest accomplishment: Established a collaborative partnership with two Communities of Schools to provide youth development programs at nineteen new locations.  Latest contribution to others: Nominated a peer for a national award. Recent travel or adventure: Dove the Blue Hole in Belize and swam with whale sharks in Cabo San Lucas.  Last book read: The Thin Book of Trust, by Charles Feltman.  Author you’d most like to have coffee with? Brene Brown.

What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Authentic.  Moral compass: Trust my instincts and do what’s right, regardless of an audience.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? One that is always rooted in the “why” and allows everyone’s unique gifts and talents to thrive.  What is your greatest fear? Inadequacy.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Change of scenery.

What’s featured prominently on your office wall? Art & photography that inspires me.  Who has had the greatest influence on your life? My mom.  What is the best advice you received growing up? Gratitude and humility will get you further than greed and conceit.  What is the best advice you received in your career? Q-TIP (quit taking it personally).  What is your favorite app? Ten Percent Happier.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Listening: to others, to nature, to music and, most importantly, to my intuition.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Access to educational programs outside regular school hours for all youth.  What is the key to education equity? Learning starts with love, followed by opportunities.  What change would you like to see in the world? Replacing fear and judgement with empathy and acceptance.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Before you can change others’ minds, be willing to change your own.  What widely held belief do you reject? You get what you deserve.

As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A veterinarian.  What advice would you give your younger self? Your current situation is not your final destination.  How do you overcome the fear of failure? I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t.  What day in your life would you like to re-live? That’s what memories are for.  What period in your life would you do differently if you could? I prefer to learn from my past and focus on what’s possible for the future.

Personal mission: Aspire for what’s possible by unabashedly honoring my intuition and values.  Personal motto: Make a decision, take responsibility, learn from it and let it go.  Favorite quote: “Fear is the cheapest room in the house.  I would like to see you living in better conditions” (Hafez).

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