Kimberly Houston

Kimberly Houston

GLADWIN – On Tuesday, January 26, Kimberly Houston presented to the Gladwin Rotary Club, focusing on diversity and unconscious bias.

Kimberly has almost 40 years leadership experience in business, philanthropy, and fund development. A 2012 Dow Corning retiree, she successfully led strategic initiatives as Chief Diversity Officer, Global Community Relations Leader and President, Dow Corning Foundation. 

Post retirement, she headed corporate and foundation development at Central Michigan University (CMU) where she built new philanthropic relationships across the state and helped facilitate one of CMU’s largest private foundation gifts. From August 2018-2019, Kimberly led the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region as Interim Executive Director and in November 2019 was recognized as the Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the year by the Association of Fund-Raising Professionals (AFP). 

Kimberly was featured in the Midland County Historical Society’s Exhibit 20/20 Vision: Seeing HERstory which highlights women’s contributions to the nation and local community that shaped the last 100 years.

Kim has generously shared her vision and passion for community leadership, governance and philanthropy with the American Heart Association, Saginaw Promise Scholarship Fund, Delta College, Michigan Non-Profit Association, Inforum, and the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF). Kimberly is a Leadership Michigan graduate and was a member of the inaugural class of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Leadership Institute. 

In 2012, she received the International Athena Award from the Midland Area Chamber and CMF’s Gerald K. Smith Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. Kimberly initiated her consultancy with a mission to bring positive energy toward making communities stronger. She holds a B.S. and M.S. from Fisk University and Case Western Reserve University respectively. Her practice is focused on leadership, professional development, and organizational strategy.

Kimberly is an ardent believer in exemplary execution and performance. She is a change agent whoadvocates for the creation of cultures which motivate the diverse strengths and talents of all stakeholders. She believes in constructive growth and embraces a commitment to fostering individual, cultural, and systemic dignity and respect. She has an authentic kinship for the empowerment and leadership development for professionals of color and women.

Described as inspiring, thoughtful, and courageous, Kim is a well-respected leader. She asks pointed questions and acts with integrity. She challenges colleagues to think innovatively and act collaboratively for exponential win-win-win solutions. 

Kimberly is a lifelong learner who is very grateful for her experiences. She aspires daily to be a blessing and to live joyfully with purpose. Kimberly concluded the rotary club meeting by answering questions from rotarians and guests in attendance.

Wish you were at this meeting to hear directly from Kimberly and ask her questions? Join the Gladwin Rotary Club at a meeting to see if rotary is for you! The group normally meets on Tuesdays at noon at the Riverwalk Grill in Gladwin, but through the shutdown they are meeting via Zoom. The rotary motto is “service above self,” so if that’s you and if you are interested in learning more about Gladwin Rotary, please contact Karen Moore, President at RotaryMoore@gmail.com or Joyce Swartzmiller, Membership Chairperson, at 989-435-7122. They would be happy to have you join their Zoom meetings until they can meet again in person.

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