Kim is a Canadian born Youth Development Leader.
Envisioning, creating and delivering exceptional youth programs has been Kim's focus for over 10 years, but it has been an innate passion organically intertwined into her vision for decades. She has collaborated and worked with some of the most advanced thinkers and leaders of our time, such as Deepak Chopra, the Evolutionary Leaders, Ian Somerhalder as well as global business leaders.
In 2010, she co-founded the Ian Somerhalder Foundation and served as the organization’s Executive Director. She masterfully brought her vision to life and created an organization that rather than functioning as a typical nonprofit, became an organism of its own species unlike any other charitable entity had done before—breathing, expeditiously growing, and interconnecting countless empowered young change-makers spanning the planet.
She built IS Foundation with exceptional speed, quickly growing its reach and influence to international levels within 6 months of its launch.
Fueled by her deeply rooted passion for youth, she conceived, developed and deployed a large-scale youth development program empowering youth to apply concrete personal evolution to their change-making goals through a program called U Factor.
Kim's focus on community development shaped the international grassroots community, boasting the rapid development of international hubs of masterful, skilled active change makers. During her time as executive director, Ian Somerhalder's (Co-Founder of the IS Foundation) status became synonymous with social change. This growth lead to to numerous awards such as the International Green Award, Noble Award, Golden Goody Award, as well as the Huffington Post Game Changer Award.
Previous to the IS Foundation, Kim worked in varied sectors for both for-profit and social enterprise development. Her background in impact building began in the for-profit sector where she served as a Confidential Strategic Advisor to numerous Fortune 500 Companies.
"I have had the privilege of working with Kim Klingler for a few years now. Kim has a unique gift for bringing out hidden worlds buried in people, youth particularly. She has the ability to connect and instill passion to a room full of people within seconds. She is captivating, brilliant, knowledgable and purpose driven. Her teachings have brought..." Read more
Paula has been working in the realm of youth development most of her career and is the mother of two unique and divergent thinkers who have taught her much about this savvy, more enlightened, tech generation.
She directed a youth development program in over nine states for elementary-aged kids. This program immersed youth in an experiential curriculum focused on the values of friendship, the spirit of resilience, importance of nonviolence and understanding that each person has infinite potential.
Paula has a diverse background. She has owned and operated two businesses and has worked within industries such as Education, Computer Programming, Manufacturing and High Profile Non-Profit Operations Management. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science.
Paula possesses over 30 years of experience as a life coach primarily for college and post-college aged adults. Her passion-filled purpose lies within the transformative process from student to working adult.
Expanding self-image, goal-setting and problem-solving are keys to her method. Through identifying passions and talents, then entangling these fundamental elements with the wisdom of interconnectedness, Paula impacts youth at their core.
With a decade of working in schools with struggling learners in reading, writing and mathematics, as well as kids in the gifted community and children on the autism spectrum, Paula relishes in working with the later two groups who are both under-served, at-risk, and ultimately divergent thinkers this world is hungry for.
For the past 5(ish) years she has worked for the Ian Somerhalder Foundation as a leader and mentor for young volunteers entering management positions in the organization and developed and delivered a cutting edge youth development program, mobilizing youth in countries across the world.