Kimberly Bizor Tolbert is the chief of staff for the city of Dallas, which has a total workforce of more than 13,000 employees. She oversees the operations of the City Manager’s Office and key city departments, drawing on her experience and expertise in strategic planning, communications, diversity and inclusion, change management, and leadership and talent development.
Tolbert has a master’s in public administration from the University of North Texas and serves on UNT’s public administration advisory board. She also serves on the board of the Women’s Business Council-Southwest, is a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Dallas, and was recently selected to participate in the 2019 Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.
As a Black woman, what do you consider your superpowers to be?
My passion for service and focus on dismantling barriers that divide people continue to define my path in public service. To approach challenges on this journey, I believe my superpowers include efficacy, ascertainment, resilience, charisma, influence and vision.
What key skills make you unique as an African American female leader?
As an African American female leader, I employ a combination of unique skills that include being adaptive, collaborative and creative. Using my emotional intelligence, strong interpersonal and people management skills, I possess the unique ability to balance diverse personalities, priorities and personal agendas irrespective of the person or situation. Click here to continue.