Kimberly O'Neil

Public Speaker, Professor, and Consultant in Plano, Texas

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Kimberly O'Neil is an award winning executive leadership and nonprofit expert. She is the youngest African American woman to serve as a City Manager in the United States. As a veteran senior government and nonprofit executive, Kimberly has used her voice to impact policy decisions while lobbying in New York City and on Capitol Hill. She now works within the social sector and leads Giving Blueprint, a consulting company with a mission to increase community engagement through the neighborhood revitalization, development of strategic partnerships, advocacy growth and civic education throughout local communities.

Kimberly has been a featured expert in community giving for HuffPost Live and has presented talks to well known organizations such as: TEDxPlano, Executive Women in Texas Government, National Association of Women Business Owners, and Good Morning America Contributor Tory Johnson's Spark and Hustle Tour. Kimberly serves an Advisory Committee member and mentor for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas' social innovation program GroundFloor. She was appointed by the City of Plano (TX) Mayor and Council to the Community Relations Commission, where she now serves as Vice Chair.

As a social entrepreneur, Kimberly recognizes the value that startup nonprofit organizations provide to communities. In January 2015, she launched Cause Studio, a collaborative nonprofit initiative designed to reduce the number of failing startup nonprofit organizations in North Texas. For her efforts, she was recognized as one of the Dallas Business Journal’s 2017 Minority Business Leader honorees. She has served as the social entrepreneurship track lead for Dallas Startup Week which provided training for hundreds of social innovators.

Kimberly is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (BA), Brooklyn College (MA), and the Bernard M. Baruch College Marxe School of Public and International Affairs (MPA). She received her certification at a Certified Public Manager (CPM) from The George Washington University.

In addition to being a sought after thought leader, strategist and speaker, Kimberly is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., published author and professor who was just awarded the 2017 Outstanding Associate Faculty of the Year recognition for Collin College (TX).

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