№8 — Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

When I was in my twenties I joined the Dallas chapter of YEO and that was where I first met Kim. We were all just a bunch of kids running our first startups. Over the years she’s taken her talent for making the ordinary extraordinary and created an entrepreneurial empire.

She sold her first event company in 2006 and her RSVP Social Calendar business to us (CultureMap) just last year. She’s published more than seven books on entertaining, appears on television regularly, has her own daily radio segment, and is Editor-at-Large for Southern Living Magazine. Just last year Kim joined forces with friend and calligraphy artist Jen O’Neal to create a line of table linens that brings classic designs to the modern hostess. Her monogrammable linens and popular emoji cocktail napkins are found in over 85 stores across the country and on www.HaloHomebyKSW.com.

Kim’s most recent book, Monograms for the Home: The Art of Making Your Mark (Gibbs-Smith, $40) was released in September of last year and has already gone into its fourth printing. You’ve probably seen Kim and her businesses in national publications such as Vanity Fair, Elle, Vogue, Town and Country, Southern Living, Better Homes Gardens, Real Simple, Self, Businessweek, Traditional Home, Canadian House and Home, Animal Fair, Southern Lady, Modern Bride, Elegant Bride, Martha Stewart’s Blueprint, Doggie Aficionado, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many more.

By now you probably think you know everything there is to know about her, but I bet you didn’t guess that she has been to Flower School in Paris, Trapeze School in Santa Monica and went on a year long trip around the world with her family when she was a teenager. Kim is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with an Honors degree in Art History.

Her community involvements are numerous and include: Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority (Beta Sigma Chapter), Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutante, Idlewild Debutante and The National Debutante Cotillion. She also donates her time to many charitable organizations including The Board of the American Red Cross, co-chair of North Texas Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Program and a member of the NTFB Board, The Advisory Board of New Friends New Life, and was honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award by the American Heart Association. She was the recipient of Northwood University’s Distinguished Women’s Award, the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award from TWU, The Women Who Make A Difference Award from The Little Flower Organization of New York, and the Women that Soar award.

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