This month, we’ll be hearing from inspiring women in our network and sharing their stories. We’re passionate about supporting women, especially in their health and wellness journeys. Read on to get top tips for living, working, and playing optimally from women trailblazers.
Profile: Kim Cooper
Tell us about yourself.
I’m the President and CEO of Youth Culture Inc. – a company that was created to bridge the gaps between youth and industry from the lens of diversity and inclusion. I spend most of my time collaborating with young people, partners and stakeholders to engage youth in meaningful initiatives that will help them thrive personally and professionally.
What do you consider as your biggest achievement?
My biggest achievement thus far was starting Youth Culture Inc. last year during the middle of the economic downturn. Starting and building a business is terrifying, and it can also be a lonely path to follow. However, I’ve taken my levels of resilience and resourcefulness to unimaginable heights so I can stay focused and innovative in my approach. Finding, and learning from, my allies has been key to my personal and professional growth and maintaining momentum throughout this journey. This has been undoubtedly the biggest risk I’ve taken in my life (it even trumps my travels to Japan to become a pop star!), but it’s my proudest accomplishment so far.
What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
It’s okay to be vulnerable and share your stories of adversities – in fact, it’s more important than ever to do so. The only way we can inspire others is through connection, and sharing our authentic selves and struggles. Without doing this, we miss opportunities to grow and build true connections.
How do you stay productive and be your best self at work?
Working with young people continuously keeps me grounded and inspired.
What’s your top mental health tip for when the going gets tough?
I love motivational books, podcasts and videos so when I need inspiration, those are my go-to’s. There’s nothing like listening to a little Les Brown when you need some words of wisdom with a dash of humour, Grant Cardone when you need to Be Obsessed or Be Average, and Brené Brown when you need to dig deep into vulnerability and courage.
What are your top health hacks?
I have type 1 diabetes so balancing exercise, food and insulin is critical to my physical and mental health. For me, this means committing to daily activity and consistent self-monitoring. Maintaining this balance can be tricky when faced with adversities, but this is the only way to live my best life and leverage my potential.
What’s your favorite fun activity?
My favourite activity is enjoying the sunshine with my handsome and fur-real canine companion: Micki, my rescue dog from Greece. I adopted him almost 3 years ago and he’s brought an immense amount of joy into my life.
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