#Thrive Thursday: Meet Mikaela Kiner Founder She/Her/Hers, Author & Speaker

thrive thursday Jun 03, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

I meandered a lot when I was younger, and certainly didn’t have a solid career path or plan but eventually chose human resourcesI’ve always been interested in fairness at work, probably because both of my parents are employment lawyers. 

After fifteen years in corporations, I became an executive coach and started my own HR consulting firm. I really wanted to experiment with creating a company based on a culture of kindness. So far, it’s working! 

I wrote my first “book” when I was nine, and eventually realized I’d better write another if I wanted to get published before turning fifty. My book Female Firebrands just came out in January. 

What message do you promote?

I am all about mission-driven, successful people who advocate for each other. When we come from a place of abundance and not scarcity, it’s clear that not only is there room for all of us, but we’re all needed. I love to partner with people who work with women and girls - whether it’s about building confidence, leadership skills, or creating paths for women in male-dominated industries. 

In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?

I’m fortunate to be part of a wonderful community of Seattle startups and female founders. My company Reverb sponsors the Female Founders Alliance (FFA) which is a community of women leading venture scale businesses. I’ve been proud to speak at events on gender pay equity, inclusive culture, and collaborative conflict. 

We host monthly events to build connections in the HR community. I do one day a month of networking, which has helped me meet a number of women who I wouldn’t know otherwise. I’m very proud to be completing four years on the board of BEST - businesses ending slavery & trafficking, an issue which disproportionately impacts women. 

In business and/or in life, share a struggle you overcame that other women can relate to

So many! I have been excluded, ignored, talked over, propositioned - you name it. After years of silence, I’ve found the courage to speak up for myself and others. 

 

What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?

Choosing who to work with and for; being surrounded by kind, high integrity people. 

 

How do you SHOW UP?

I try to be a good listener and give people the benefit of the doubt. If I had to choose one word, it would be empathy. 

 

If you could give one piece of advice for women who are entering the workforce or launching their own business what would that be? 

Believe in yourself; don’t let anyone convince you that you’re not enough. 

Connect with Mikaela:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikaelakiner/

https://twitter.com/MikaelaKiner

https://www.facebook.com/mikaela.kiner

https://www.instagram.com/mikaela_firebrand

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