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Kathi Seifert Earns Joyce Bytof Exceptional Mentor of the Year Award

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Kathi Seifert is a coach, resource, and an avid supporter of multiple community organizations, who works very hard to help those in need.    One of the ways she shares her knowledge and leadership skills is through mentoring girls basketball players at Menasha and Kaukauna schools, where she made an impact on young people in a way that builds their self-confidence, helps them stand taller, and feel committed to doing well as players and as a team.

She has  mentored dozens of young professionals looking for career advice, which has ranged from helping them position themselves better for the job market or thinking through career opportunities, to helping build their self-confidence in dealing with tough situations professionally.

Kathi also helps non-profit organizations succeed by  assisting them with goal setting and  strategic priorities and recruiting stronger board members who are business minded, which she feels is essential for all non-profit organizations and leaders need to be business focused to maintain financial sustainability while delivering against their respective missions.

Several years ago, Kathi and Anne Marie Werner started  an organization called PWN (Professional Women’s Network), which focused on helping professional women new to the area (transferred here with their spouses/partners) meet other professional women and possibly find job opportunities.  Over the course of a few years, women found new friends and supporters and over a dozen women found new career opportunities, which, Kathi says, ” was terrific!”

When Kathi isn’t mentoring individuals, she is often speaking  to groups of women, who are looking for advice on work/family balance, how best to work in a male dominated career environments and  how to strengthen their leadership capabilities.

What motives Kathi to give so much back to individuals, businesses and the community? “Personally, I feel very blessed to have very supportive family members and friends, work environments, and mentors along the way who have helped me with my personal journey. ”  Kathi says.  “I have learned a great deal over the years that I wish to share with others who are looking for advice.  I enjoy helping others and feel rewarded when I see individuals grow in self-confidence and better achieve their full potential, and when organizations are more focused on driving results.”

Looking back, Kathi considers her most influential mentor to be Jack Besser, who was a Senior Vice President at Kimberly-Clark.  “Early in my career at KC, it was a very male dominated environment.  Jack took me under his wing (like a daughter) and he gave me feedback on how I was doing, how I interacted or presented in meetings, how I should dress, and the importance of meeting with customers to hear and understand where they are coming from.  He would make sure at KC events, that I sat at the head table with Darwin Smith, the Chairman and CEO  of KC at the time, which was a bit frightening, but provided great opportunities to listen to Darwin  share his highest priorities for KC.” She recalls. “His advice to me and other new KC’ers, was that the “Harder you work, the luckier you get”, which is as true today as it was back in the 70’s/80’s.”

Join us in celebrating with her at the Event: Celebrating Business on Nov. 5.  Click here to reserve your tickets.

About Kristin Sewall

Kristin Sewall is the Marketing Director for the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce.

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