Kim McNair is an award-winning businesswoman and pioneer who continues to lead women along their destined path. McNair is the founder of Kim McNair Productions LLC, a full-service event planning and marketing firm that provides top-notch service and caters to the needs of her reputable clients. McNair is also the executive producer and host of her own television show, “Women on the Move Live.“ She facilitates the annual Women on the Move Summit, as well, which assists women with expanding their business practices effectively and successfully, while networking with other business minded professionals. McNair also established a nonprofit organization, Business Women Empowerment Project Inc., with a mission to uplift women while providing access to professional and personal resources.
Before McNair established her own businesses, she was a runway model, working under the direction of Ophelia DeVore. McNair won many awards for modeling and was featured in several publications. After she retired from the modeling industry, she founded KMP, LLC, setting the business in Central Florida. In 2007, KMP expanded their servicing options and relocated to Atlanta.
Rolling out recently spoke with McNair about her personal success story, and we discussed her biggest inspiration, her greatest achievement and professional tips for other women of color. Check out the story below.
As a Black woman, what do you consider your superpower?
Power of connections.
What thoughtful or encouraging piece of advice would you give to your younger self?
To have a bigger plan and not just focus on the current situation. However, as I grew older, planning and time management became a part of my everyday life.
Why is it important for women of color to lead or work in leadership roles and decision-making capacities?
Until recently, women were not in the decision-making seat, but now we are in the room and it’s important that we show up and [are] present at the table. It’s very important to be intentional, to set goals for others coming behind.
If you could thank any Black woman history maker for her contributions to society, who would it be and why?
Michelle Obama. She exemplifies the image of a Black woman [being] a mother, wife, professional, influencer, role model and sexy.
Why is it important for the more mature, seasoned and experienced Black women to reach back and help younger women of color?
They need to see more positive women [who] look like them in successful positions or being productive citizens. The importance is critical because social media is misleading sometimes, and we need to make sure we are reaching them to lead them in the right direction.
As a successful woman in business, what is your greatest or proudest achievement?
The day I decided to start my own business in 1991. Also, when I created, produced and aired my own television show, which is in season four.
Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?
My nana and my mother made things tough but showed me the importance of dedication and having a strategy. [Also, they taught me] how to be a lady, have integrity, stay humble and [remember] to serve.