Home: Detroit metro. Birthplace: Crown Point, IN. Profession: Human Resources executive with the heart of an entrepreneur. Organization: Vensure Employer Services. Title: Vice President of Client Development. Significant other: My better half, Ted Kaminski. Alma mater: Walsh College of Accountancy and Business.
Recent recognition: Recognized by Women We Admire as one of the Top 50 Women Leaders of Michigan for 2022. Latest accomplishment: Accepted the invitation to join CHIEF, an organization of the most powerful group of women in leadership. What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Leaving entrepreneurship and returning to corporate America to take a Vice President position. Hobbies: Gardening, reading, quote collecting, belly laughing moments with my family. We enjoy fine dining, too! Last book read: Start With Why, by Simon Sinek.
Personality profile: ENFP (Encourager: Extrovert, Intuitive Feeling, Perceiving. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Grit (also, grace). Moral compass: The Golden Rule. What is your greatest joy? My son, TJ. What is your guilty pleasure? Coach bags and flip flops. What word or phrase do you use far too often? That’s interesting. What natural talent have you neglected? Singing.
What was your favorite college course? Strategic Leadership. What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Operation – the anticipation of the red nose buzzing at me! What book have you repeatedly read? The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey. What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Inspirational quotes. Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? My husband, Ted Kaminski. What’s the best advice you received growing up? When you get knocked down, get back up and rub some dirt on it. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Be smart enough to know what you know and what you don’t.
What widely held belief do you reject? Modernity. This idea enforces the idea of conformity to society. We need to embrace differences. Different ideas equate to growth and new ideas to companies and the world as a whole.
What change would you like to see in the world? The continuation of increased equality amongst people, races, and religions. What message do you want to send out into the world? March to the beat of your own drum and be the change you want to see in this world. What do you believe is the biggest life game changer? Having a growth mindset.
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Twist, Turn, Pivot, Repeat. What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Jennifer Lawrence. Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My daughter, Alyssa. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? An elementary school teacher. After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Photographs. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my husband and son, cuddling, talking and sharing memories. What advice would you give your younger self? You are enough. Always have been; always will be!
Personal mission: To make a positive difference in the lives of the people I cross paths with during my lifetime journey. Personal motto: Life knocks us down, it’s inevitable. Getting back up and moving forward is a choice. I will always choose to rise! Favorite quote: "One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself" (Leonardo da Vinci). Desired epitaph: She lived intentionally. She had the gift and the passion for meeting people where they are and helping them soar to levels they never thought possible. She saw in others what they often could not see in themselves.