Kimberly Sumner is a Millennial & Gen Z Expert and Inclusive Leadership Strategist with degrees in Economics, Political Science and Marketing, and with a background in investment analysis and funds management. In 2017 her consultancy business—SheProsperity.com—won gold at the International Stevie Business awards in New York.
Having built a career supporting business leaders and organizations to manage their diverse teams and clients and, in particular, helping their Millennials to thrive, Sumner came to understand that we have, in part, failed our digital native Millennials. In the process of creating digital world intimacy, their generation has missed out on the simple communication skills required to create meaningful in-person exchanges, and to manage difficult conversations. To bridge this gap they first need practical tools to help them generate trust and belonging—key Millennial drivers.
In response to this knowledge gap, Kimberly founded STEPS Leadership, a consultancy uniquely designed to help Millennials thrive within organizations; and for organizations and business leaders to prosper through embracing greater generational and gender diversity. She also acts for NZ's national body for diversity, Diversity Works, as their resident Millennial Expert.
As a sought-after and energetic keynote speaker, and with regular appearances on national television, radio and in press interviews, Kimberly has developed a dedicated following of Millennials and senior business leaders. More recently, her two-minute LinkedIn Tips videos have built a strong Millennial following—increasing her real-time, daily insights into, and communication with, the generation she coaches.
Fascinated by recent research that revealed a marked increase of loneliness in younger generations, as well as having identified the specific motivations and challenges of those intimately connected to the digital world (not to mention being Mom to three Gen Z teenagers, and big sister to much younger Millennial brothers), Kimberly values and promotes Inclusive Leadership across multi-generations for better results, greater understanding and less angst.
Beyond helping leaders leverage the strength that comes from diversity and weaving multiple viewpoints into a shared vision, Sumner enjoys beach runs with her cocker spaniel, snowboarding, the latest good restaurant with her husband and watching her sons play water-polo (while trying to watch her daughter play underwater hockey). She is very grateful for the village that has helped raise her children but is only just starting to get her head around 430 am starts for rowing.