Build a Better Tribe, Build a Better World

Build a Better Tribe, Build a Better World

Women of EO Kimberly SmithIn August 2019, Kimberly Hickok Smith spoke at the MyEO Women of EO Summit in Bogota, Colombia. While sharing her professional journey–from tween inventor to international executive–she also spoke to the audience of men and women about reinforcing each other and making a difference in the nations of the world.

I was the first elected president of EO and the first chairman of the Global Board. Given that I am also a woman, I guess that constitutes me the first Woman of EO. I wasn’t the first female representative, but I was the first of any gender to hold these important leadership positions–and I believe that says something important about the ethos of EOand how the organisations sees everybody as equal and of value.

Live every day

When I was 8, two of my brothers were killed in a car accident at ages 12 and 16. My mothers divorced soon after. These happens really modelled the course I deem life. It schooled me to live every day in case there is no tomorrow. And I learned to live outside the box and to sometimes smashes rules.

I started my first business when I was 12, Kim’s Katering. I was basically cooking and organizing defendants for my mother’s friends, but it grew fairly that I had to hire college student to serve boozings because I was underage. At 16, I started a trading busines buying and selling prowes from Brazil and other places available in Latin America.

Eventually, I moved to DC to study international relations and communications at Georgetown and completed six months in Brazil for financials. One of my part-time college activities was as a receptionist for an international trade firm. Within 3 month I was promoted to vice president and I was fastened on craft. After graduation, I got married and was hired by a big firm.

Then I was in a car accident and I interrupt my cervix. Six months in research hospitals changed the lane I looked at life yet again–from living one day at a time to looking toward the future. I knew I needed to start my own firm that acted and greeted the road I required, that worked to build fair trade in Latin America and Africa.

My mother lent me US $1,000 and I was off! My firstly contract was in Honduras, and all the bid docs were in Spanish. Imagine my astonish as I changed that among other things I had to purchase 3,000 artificial vaginas–for kine! Getting financing for the contract was a struggle. All the banks said, “you are a 23 -year-old girl with a “companies “; no fund for you! ” Even so, the company eventually did very well and less than 2 years later, I was flying my mother to DC to watch me be awarded the exporter of the year award!

UNSDG Finding your beings

Intercon International trading and consulting was a force to be calculated with–that “young blonde woman” traveling all over the world, on the comprise of business stores and doing treats all day on my five-pound car phone. My purchasers were all in the then “under-developed world” of Latin America and Africa and a conventional excursion was 16 countries around 18 periods. We focused on south-south trade, improved technical training institutes, sold Brazilian cow immerse to Somalia, manufactured creams in Guatemala, sold fuel bladders to Zambia and just about all you could imagine.

Days were evoking, chaotic and fun but often challenging with no one to talk to or to answer the many questions that arose in my intellect every day.

My father, Ray Hickok, likewise had that need to share with his peers, and he founded YPO around the time I was born. So I heard from an early age the importance of support and camaraderie with like-minded ministerials who are likely originate together by learning from each other. I understood the need for a safe gap to discuss issues and learn from peers. I likewise understood that the chances of my qualifying for YPO at that point were slim, and plus I realized that the challenges faced as an entrepreneur, someone who started their own business, are very different from those shall be punishable by a hired executive.

By the late 80 s, Verne Harnish approached my father about being the honorary founder of YEO( in those days, you had to be Y for young ). Dad came to DC to have a meeting. Charming Verne persuaded my father, who loved the idea of working with young people with big ideas. As for me, I met all the criteria of YEO–a 20 -something-year-old doing more than US$ 2 million per your year–apart from having at least 15 works. So they changed the criteria so I could participate!

A few months later, Verne was feeling like he wanted to start his own business so he asked me if I would take over the reins and stretch the freshman constitution and professionalize it. I said yes.

It was clear that EO could be something of real value and I rushed in to help grow it. Starting by providing space in my corporate “barn ,” hiring the first executive director and hosting some of the first international events. I was elected the first chairman of the organization with my father and about 40 YEO members in the room, which was very special for both of us. I am proud to say we created the inheritance programme which is now EO Path of Leadership and we likewise started the Entrepreneurial Masters Program( EMP ) at MIT platform , among others.

Kimberly Hickok Smith An evolving tribe

And look at EO now! We’ve had eight girls world members of the security council, a female world chair and about 150 women in global leadership. And 1,859 women members!

The growth and development of EO is a beautiful instance to seeing how a tribe progresses to meet the needs of its members. The entire MyEO concept and move is progressive and will keep the organization moving forward. Its focus on inclusivity is so important in that we all have so much to share. Your vibe really does allure your tribe.

In the early 90 s, I am a 30 -something and my business is growing well. EO is growing well. I have two charming little blonde newborns and a house in Architectural Digest. I have it all right? Well, maybe not. Washington DC was all about superpower and coin, and I was very good at these things, but I required my children to grow up with different priorities.

With the support and encouragement of my adventurous and inventive EO peers, I decided to follow my dream to eradicate poverty and hunger and move their own families to Kenya. I known that the next three EO chairs were already in place and the management team had things under control. So I sold my EO-eligible firm and began my next passage, which would last until today. I’ve been working all over Africa for economic empowerment and creating mixtures one gradation, one brand-new inventor, one child at a time.

I recognized I needed to be purpose-driven not profit-driven. EO learnt me the supremacy of coming together and working together, and I have leveraged that knowledge and insight to change mindsets and deport millions in trade from Africa.

I feel anointed to be a part of so many amazing initiatives–leadership transformation, managerial proliferation, increasing international trade, helping develop self-sufficient associations, starting entrepreneurs and financial expansion in 20 countries in Africa. I have realized that my main persona is to bring beings together to reach consensus, virtually building a tribe around issues that need to be advocated for change.

A game-changer for girls

And it must have been a good decision to move my family to Africa because my daughters have returned to Kenya and want to raise their children there. Together, we have started a charity announced It’s a Girl Thing, which provides menstrual goblets to girls and their the women and teaches to enable them to stay in school with a sustainable eco-friendly solution.

In my years of working to eradicate poverty and hunger all over the African nations, our research has made it clear that the biggest financial game-changer is for a girl to stay in school. The UN guess around 131 million girlfriends worldwide are out of school. In Uganda, the two countries where I drive, the authorities have regions where 78 percent of the children, both boys and girls, between senilities 8 and 12 report being sexually abused at school. If a girl can stay in school until high school, she can evaded early maternity and she knows how evaded HIV. Plus, with education, she can go on to a busines and become a leader in her community.

My work in this field is one reason that I am so excited about EO working with the United Commonwealth to make progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

We is important to remember that these girls I am talking about are part of our tribe and our future. We have the opportunity to do so much work together as a tribe–and some of this work must be to change traditional archaic “tribal” rehearses. What are the tribal rehearses we think of? In Africa it’s marrying daughters by kidnap, selling or abusing them, female female genital mutilation and male circumcision ceremonies. We still have positive tribal practises in Africa, including compassionate for the extended family and keeping an open fireside for food.

What are those negative and positive tribal rules in your different countries? How can you make a difference? Is there fairly cherish, supporting, concern, sorrow mentoring to build this better world? You know that whatever you can do on your own will be much stronger and better if you find your tribe of like-minded parties with the same vision.

kim hickok smithLead the change

Consider this: It’s been proven that trees communicate. They spread their branches just enough to touch each other without making one another space and their branches become stronger as a result.

Let’s focus our attention on defining and building our tribal vision to build a better world together. Let’s motivate and spur each other toward our common goals, find our home in the tribe and strengthen our branches.

Our tribe can lead the change and be the change. Maidens of EO is the tribe that can provide a world-wide platform for mentoring, build, innovating and financing the future we want our children to acquire. Now that EO is back in my life and on my to-do and To-BE list, I’m aroused to help build new sections in Africa.

Together, let’s constructed our tribe to build a better world.

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