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10 Questions with Kim Bettie

Kim is the founder and CEO of the Greater Advantage, a socially conscious business and life coaching practice. Prior to launching her own business, she worked in Corporate America training and coaching executives to overcome burnout, facilitate engagement and build purpose-driven, inclusive teams.

Kim is a certified executive coach with additional certifications in diversity and inclusion, strategic visioning and group dynamics. She is also uniquely trained to integrate her client’s spiritual practices and faith into coaching and goal setting.

Kim is from Detroit and now lives in Los Angeles, California. When she is not working, she loves spending time with her daughter, preparing delicious vegetarian and vegan meals, and researching about her family ancestry.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED AND WHY?
"The opportunity of a lifetime must be taken during the lifetime of the opportunity." I love this advice I got from a billionaire mentor because I truly believe that we have opportunities and blessings continuously provided, but we must do our part and take action.

WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU AND WHY?
I recently discovered the slave narratives of my great-great grandfather written in 1937. He was formerly enslaved and ran away to freedom at sixteen from Kentucky to Indiana. I am so inspired by his ability to cleanse from his trauma and go on to marry the love of his life, become an entrepreneur, own homes, help build a Baptist church and become a minister. He lived to be 104 years old, healthy and active until his last breath.

WHAT IS THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU COULD SHARE WITH OUR READERS TO UPLIFT THEM IN LIFE AND CAREER?
"Always wear your invisible crown." The attributes that make up your authentic personality and abilities are what the world needs. Even your weaknesses allow you to tap into an inner strength from within and partner with others to make a big contribution. Learn from the past, then hold your head up high and walk confidently into your future.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK AND HOW DID IT INSPIRE YOU?
Right now, my favorite book is The Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly. I agree with Kelly when he shares how in work and life we must keep dreaming and then work together, with others, to fulfill them.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
I admit I do love working and creating ways to solve problems in the world. However, I am an advocate of work/life balance so I don't burnout. When I am not working, I relax by watching a feel-good movie, going for a long walk or laughing out loud with family and friends.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU OR YOUR INDUSTRY FACES, AND HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THOSE?
I think one of the biggest challenges is becoming disengaged or burned-out in work and life. It's not really living when you are just going through the motions, day after day. Having work/life balance is one aspect of overcoming burnout, but it is not enough. To be fully engaged we need safe space to be ourselves and a mission that is so inspiring we forget about problems, and focus on purpose and a higher calling.

WHAT IS ONE TREND IN YOUR INDUSTRY THAT EXCITES YOU?
I love public speaking, and being on stage with a large crowd has always been my happy place. But I really love the trend of speaking virtually. I think virtual learning gives access and affordability.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU DO EVERY DAY THAT ADDS TO YOUR SUCCESS?
Prayer and focus on a higher purpose gives me supernatural resilience and keeps me calm.

WHAT TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
I would be lost without my iPhone and MacBook.

PLEASE, FINISH THIS STATEMENT: LEADERSHIP IS…
loving and serving others.


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