Kimberly O'Neil is an award winning executive leadership and nonprofit expert. As the youngest African American woman to serve as a City Manager in the United States, she is now the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Giving Blueprint, a company with a three point mission to impact social change through the development of strategic partnerships and growth plans within the nonprofit community. As a veteran senior government and nonprofit executive, she has used her voice to impact policy decisions while lobbying in New York City and on Capitol Hill.
As a social entrepreneur, Kimberly recognizes the value that startup nonprofit organizations provide to communities. In January 2015, she launched Cause Studio, an incubator and training initiative that is designed to reduce the number of failing nonprofit organizations in North Texas. Kimberly was recently recognized as a 2017 Minority Business Leader Awards honoree by the Dallas Business Journal. She serves as a Commissioner for the City of Plano Community Relations Commission. In addition to being a sought after thought leader, strategist and speaker, Kimberly is a college professor and published author.
Why did you get involved with Dallas Startup Week?
I've been active in the Dallas startup community for several years. As a social entrepreneur, I thought it was important to ensure that we were well represented in the startup community during DSW. Social impact organizations, whether for profit or nonprofit, have an invaluable place in the market. We however have to do a better job of sharing that narrative and showcasing the type of return our businesses provide This is a perfect opportunity to help reinforce those goals.
What are you looking forward to being a track captain?
This is my second year serving as a track captain. What I'm most looking forward to is perfecting our offerings from last year and finding ways to encourage people to get involved who are not part of the social impact space.
The best part of DSW is catching up with others in the community that you do not get to see regularly. We are all committed to scaling and sustaining businesses and often miss out on the social connections. It's a reunion of sorts and a great place to connect with new people as well.
What should attendees look forward to when attending events in your track?
This year, we are more focused on providing learning experiences that anyone can benefit from by using social good as the model types of businesses. We are again focusing on nonprofit and for profit angles in the social good community.
First word or a phrase that comes to mind when you think of our local startup community.
We determine the outcomes so let's put in the work and get it done.