Member Spotlight – Kathy Smith, NEW Southern California
Inclusion, Leadership, Friendship, Optimism, Joy. I’ve formed life-long friendships with women I’ve met via NEW!
Name: Kathy Smith
Member Since: 2018. However I have been attending NEW events for over 10 years.
How did you first hear about NEW, and what prompted you to join?
I first heard about NEW from a colleague. I attended an event and I was impressed by the number of women and organizations represented. I later joined the NEW Southern California chapter due to the great networking opportunities and featured speakers. Additionally, I’ve found the NEW Southern California chapter to be a great mix of diversity, inclusion and thought leadership. I enjoy being around these smart women!
How has NEW impacted your personal/professional life?
NEW provides a feeling a belonging, of being heard, of leaning in to do and be your best self! You’re given the opportunity to grow your network-to meet inspiring women! But its also a safe space for so many of us. I’ve reached out to share successes and failures-and each time I have I’ve been “lifted up”. Encouraged when facing challenges and celebrated when I am facing success!
Tell us about a recent personal accomplishment or event in your life.
Customer nominated to serve on the prestigious Produce Marketing Association-Center for Growing Talent Board of Directors. Website: pma.com
Board member PMA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. This board will develop initiatives to be adopted by PMA; and to hopefully influence industry leaders to create a more culturally diverse industry.
What is your favorite NEW event you’ve attended?
Personal Branding-Creating Your Brand.
What other activities, aside from being an amazing member of NEW, do you enjoy in your free time?
I am committed to making the world a better place for women and girls, to that end I am involved in various Non-Profits in the Los Angeles area. I also co-chair a Public Policy Institute with Junior League-Los Angeles.
Lightning round questions!
Nickname your parents used to call you? Chatty Kathy
You get one superpower, but you must choose between invisibility and flight. Which do you pick? Flight
Last Halloween costume? Bartender
Favorite word? Fabulous!
What food could you eat for a week straight for every meal? As a part of our agriculture community- I support farmers and the great fruit and vegetables they bring to our table! Favorite veggies—broccoli!
Finally, any funny stories about your time with NEW?
No funny stories; but plenty of FUN times at NEW!