Kim Sherman, LT Class of 2014 alumna and former LT board member, appreciates the opportunities that both roles brought her. While engaging with a diverse group of leaders across industries and learning how water, labor, education, business, the arts and more all work together to build communities, Kim’s LT experiences opened her eyes to a world of possibilities for career advancement and community involvement.
When asked about which LT workshop most impacted her as a class member, Kim recalls how the first one covering Orange County history set the tone for the following eight sector-specific workshops. Each subsequent monthly workshop sparked more curiosity in Kim, who served as Director of Membership for the Greater Irvine Chamber. In particular, her deepening understanding of regulatory issues across local, regional and state government instilled the confidence in Kim to increase her contributions to the business community.
Inspired by the change-makers she engaged during her LT class year, Kim went on to serve a two-year LT board term and helped shape the workshops on business, arts and education. She grew professionally as a nonprofit trade association leader and ultimately transitioned into her current role as Senior Director of Membership with Western Growers, which advocates on behalf of a large constituency across four states. Kim acknowledges her LT experience and the quality relationships formed through the organization as key factors in supporting her ongoing success.