Women of Color Empowered

January 1 2024

Episode 1, Part 1 — An interview with “Women of Color Empowered” host Kimberly Lee Minor, CEO, Women of Color Retail Alliance (WOCRA)

Women of Color Empowered
Episode 1, Part 1 — An interview with "Women of Color Empowered" host Kimberly Lee Minor, CEO, Women of Color Retail Alliance (WOCRA)
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January 2024: A note from Inkandescent Radio producer Hope Katz Gibbs and Women of Color Empowered Host Kimberly Lee MinorHello friends! We invite you to tune in for Part 1, episode 1 of our new podcast and video show, Women of Color Empowered. “Being empowered is not just a buzzword — it’s a movement,” explains our host, Kimberly, who brings to the airwaves allies and trailblazing women of color from various professional sectors. “Each woman has a unique story that oversteps broken rungs, shatters glass ceilings, and ignites the spirit of empowerment.”

Our first guest: A Q&A with the show’s host, Kimberly Lee Minor

This month’s topic: What it means to empower and be empowered!

About Kimberly: An esteemed leader in the retail industry, Kimberly’s career spans more than 30 years of building brands, achieving operational excellence, and strategizing for business competitiveness. As CEO of Bumbershoot Group, she provides fractional C-suite leadership, leadership development, and process creation. Her work emphasizes inclusive, equitable, and diverse representation across brand, content, product, and customer experiences. Kimberly was named a Top Retail Expert of 2024 by Rethink Retail, recognizing her profound impact on the sector.

Kimberly’s previous roles as President and Chief Commercial Officer at Bandier, Brand President of London Fog, Joe Boxer, and leadership positions with iconic brands such as Express, Footlocker, David’s Bridal, and BBW highlight her experience in global and diverse categories, customers, and markets. Her expertise extends to board work with BlueConic (Vista Partners), a global martech company focused on retail, publishing, and entertainment.

Kimberly’s commitment to advancing women of color in the retail industry led her to co-found the Women of Color Retail Alliance (WOCRA) in 2019. She initially served on the board and now holds the position of CEO. WOCRA is dedicated to increasing the representation of women of color in the retail leadership pipeline through training, leadership development, partnerships, and networking opportunities.

Further extending her influence, Kimberly joined The Ohio State University’s Fisher School of Business as an adjunct professor in 2023. She teaches graduate students, senior undergraduates, and executives. Her community engagement is reflected in her board work, including Dress for Success and Wellbeing Connections, as well as her roles with the Columbus Fashion Alliance, CAPA, NA Citizen Advisory Committee, and the New Albany Community Foundation. These positions demonstrate her dedication to various causes and impact across multiple sectors.

Click here to learn more about Women of Color Retail Alliance: wocretailalliance.org

About our show: Women of Color Empowered

Welcome to “Women of Color Empowered,” a vibrant and inspiring podcast where empowerment is not just a buzzword but a movement. This series brings allies and trailblazing women of color from various professional sectors to the spotlight, each with a unique story that oversteps broken rungs, shatters glass ceilings and ignites the spirit of empowerment. In each episode, host Kimberly Lee Minor delves deep into these incredible women’s career portfolios, exploring their remarkable achievements, the hurdles they’ve overcome, and the pivotal moments that led them to discover their true magic and influence. It’s a platform where candid conversations reveal the resilience, strength, and wisdom of women who are not just achieving success but are also paving the way for others. “Women of Color Empowered” is more than a podcast; it’s a celebration of diversity, a source of inspiration, and a testament to the power of women uplifting women. Join us on this empowering journey and be part of a community where every woman’s story becomes a beacon of hope and a guide toward realizing one’s potential.

About our host: Kimberly Lee Minor

An esteemed leader in the retail industry, Kim’s career spans more than 30 years of building brands, achieving operational excellence, and strategizing for business competitiveness. As CEO of Bumbershoot Group, she provides fractional C-suite leadership, leadership development, and process creation. Her work emphasizes inclusive, equitable, and diverse representation across brand, content, product, and customer experiences. Kimberly was named a Top Retail Expert of 2024 by Rethink Retail, recognizing her profound impact on the sector.

Kimberly’s previous roles as President and Chief Commercial Officer at Bandier, Brand President of London Fog, Joe Boxer, and leadership positions with iconic brands such as Express, Footlocker, David’s Bridal, and BBW highlight her experience in global and diverse categories, customers, and markets. Her expertise extends to board work with BlueConic (Vista Partners), a global martech company focused on retail, publishing, and entertainment.

Kimberly’s commitment to advancing women of color in the retail industry led her to co-found the Women of Color Retail Alliance (WOCRA) in 2019. She initially served on the board and now holds the position of CEO. WOCRA is dedicated to increasing the representation of women of color in the retail leadership pipeline through training, leadership development, partnerships, and networking opportunities.

Further extending her influence, Kimberly joined The Ohio State University’s Fisher School of Business as an adjunct professor in 2023. She teaches graduate students, senior undergraduates, and executives. Her community engagement is reflected in her board work, including Dress for Success and Wellbeing Connections, as well as her roles with the Columbus Fashion Alliance, CAPA, NA Citizen Advisory Committee, and the New Albany Community Foundation. These positions demonstrate her dedication to various causes and impact across multiple sectors.

On a personal note, Kimberly hails from Philadelphia and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University. Immediately following her undergraduate studies, she completed coursework toward her MBA at Drexel University. She holds Executive Certificates in Leadership and Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Inclusive Organizational Excellence from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. These certifications underscore her commitment to lifelong learning and professional development. Kimberly and her husband, Marc, live in New Albany, OH, and have two college-aged sons and a dog named Blu.

About the musician behind music: The tune for the Women of Color Empowered show is by Jonathan “JDitto” Minor, a senior at Morehouse College majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. He is a passionate, creatively disruptive thinker with an interest in the industries of music, media, and culture. He’s been able to marry his interests with industry experience by operating his DJ business since the 7th grade and working in the industry since his junior year of high school with Globestar Media, WBLS, Complex Media, ASCAP, UMPG, and UMG. He has gained hands-on experience in video editing, strategy development, A&R consulting, artist statistics analysis, and, currently, global marketing.

Last year, JDitto made his debut as an executive producer with two mixtapes, Taking Up Space & Fall Fast, respectively, featuring soul-sample heavy head bobbers like Jam and In my Head and hard-hitting Hip-Hop songs like Ivory with feature verses from rappers Ray Rags and Pac. Today, JDitto is finishing up his Business degree while still producing music and DJ’ing live shows, corporate events, and parties nationwide.

Click here to check out his music.

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Upcoming Podcasts

Previous Episodes
Wednesday, May 1st, 2024

Episode 3: Meet Brandice Daniel, CEO and Founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row and the nonprofit ICON360 — on Episode 3 of Women of Color Empowered

May 2024: A Note from Kimberly Lee Minor, host, Women of Color Empowered and CEO of Women of Color Retail Alliance — Hello! I invite you to tune in for this week’s episode of our podcast and video show, Women of Color Empowered, where for 30 minutes each month, we bring allies and trailblazing women of color from various professional sectors to the air. Meet our guest: Brandice Daniel, CEO and Founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row and the nonprofit ICON360Click here to listen to the podcast!

Sunday, April 14th, 2024

Coming June 2024: You will be blown away by the courage and determination of our guest Jo Miller — on Episode 4 of Women of Color Empowered

A Note from Kimberly Lee Minor, host, Women of Color Empowered and CEO of Women of Color Retail Alliance — Hello! I invite you to tune in for this week’s episode of our podcast and video show, Women of Color Empowered, where for 30 minutes each month, we bring allies and trailblazing women of color from various professional sectors to the air. Meet our guest: Jo Miller — Program Coordinator at Ready to Werk, Fashion Educator at Hocking College, and BoardClick here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, April 1st, 2024

Episode 2, Part 2 — An interview with Fashion Industry Exec and CNBC correspondent Sandra Campos on Episode 2 of Women of Color Empowered

April 2024: A Note from Kimberly Lee Minor, host, Women of Color Empowered and CEO of Women of Color Retail Alliance —Hello friends! We invite you to tune in for Part 2, episode 2 of our new podcast and video show, Women of Color Empowered. “Being empowered is not just a buzzword — it’s a movement,” explains our host, Kimberly, who brings to the airwaves allies and trailblazing women of color from various professional sectors. “Each woman has a uniqueClick here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, April 1st, 2024

Episode 2, Part 1 — An interview with Fashion Industry Exec and CNBC correspondent Sandra Campos on the Women of Color Empowered

April 2024: A Note from Kimberly Lee Minor, host, Women of Color Empowered and CEO of Women of Color Retail Alliance —Hello friends! We invite you to tune in for Part 1, episode 2 of our new podcast and video show, Women of Color Empowered. “Being empowered is not just a buzzword — it’s a movement,” explains our host, Kimberly, who brings to the airwaves allies and trailblazing women of color from various professional sectors. “Each woman has a uniqueClick here to listen to the podcast!

Thursday, February 1st, 2024

Episode 1, Part 2 — An interview with “Women of Color Empowered” host Kimberly Lee Minor, CEO, Women of Color Retail Alliance (WOCRA)

February 2024: A note from Inkandescent Radio producer Hope Katz Gibbs and Women of Color Empowered Host Kimberly Lee Minor — Hello friends! We invite you to tune in for Part 2, episode 1 of our new podcast and video show, Women of Color Empowered. “Being empowered is not just a buzzword — it’s a movement,” explains our host, Kimberly, who brings to the airwaves allies and trailblazing women of color from various professional sectors. “Each woman has a uniqueClick here to listen to the podcast!

Monday, January 1st, 2024

Episode 1, Part 1 — An interview with “Women of Color Empowered” host Kimberly Lee Minor, CEO, Women of Color Retail Alliance (WOCRA)

January 2024: A note from Inkandescent Radio producer Hope Katz Gibbs and Women of Color Empowered Host Kimberly Lee Minor — Hello friends! We invite you to tune in for Part 1, episode 1 of our new podcast and video show, Women of Color Empowered. “Being empowered is not just a buzzword — it’s a movement,” explains our host, Kimberly, who brings to the airwaves allies and trailblazing women of color from various professional sectors. “Each woman has a uniqueClick here to listen to the podcast!