The Purposeful Pivot Project - Kimberly Wetty-"Learn to say “no."
I met the tall stunning Kimberly at a Board meeting in Lewisburg, PA. She is the Co-president of Valerie Wilson Travel which has her all over the world. Kimberly resides in Bronxville, New York where she enjoys swimming, cooking, and giving her time to her children’s school and athletic activities, as well as continuing to be an active volunteer in the community. As a true leader, she told me in our interview that she's forgetting the word 'balance' all together. I admire her growth mindset and the ability to juggle many roles. I've been lucky to run into her in NJ, PA, FL over the years--where should we meet next?
What is one piece of advice a mentor told you that's stuck with you? Who told you?
“You only get to make one first impression.” Valerie Ann Wilson, my mom who is also business partner, mentor and friend. It applies to both my work and personal lives.
Name a time that you pivoted in your career?
I think I am always pivoting and adjusting based on personal and professional challenges and opportunities that arise. A few highlights…joining the family business (Valerie Wilson Travel 1995). Taking on a stronger leadership role after September 11, 2001 and my mom’s heart attack and by-pass surgery (2001). When my children were born and as they have gotten older (2000 and 2004 to present). As I got more involved with other organizations outside work (2012 – present).
How did it change your life and where you are today at work and home?
I have worked hard to balance my “inner voice” person I see in the mirror vs. the outer voice that others see in me. I have learned to find my voice and create the change that I wanted to see happen (and I continue to work on that!). For years, I was seeking “balance” – for me, there is no such thing. Rather, I know there are so many hours in a day…how do I decide to spend them is still a choice.
What advice can you offer the next generation of working moms?
Learn to say “no.” Working moms can’t do it all…but make time for things that you think are important. Sure, there are days when you just feel like you can’t handle it all…and that’s okay. Life is messy but beautiful.
Last question. Answer it 'rapid fire' style the first thing that comes to mind! ------>>>>>"What's one word that describes your career up to this point": Evolving!