Kim Hill is a top-level business strategist, coach and advisor. She also sits on Soda’s board and is one of our Rise Up judges.

Tell us briefly what you do for work...

I am passionate about powering up businesses, entrepreneurs, enterprises and Māori and whanau to grow their businesses and aspirations. Whether that be to assist you to anchor your USP or diversify your business, my passion is to inspire, empower and equip you to get it done! I am all about adding value and impact to this journey.

What has been the highlight of your career?

I find my highlights are through my clients success and, no matter how small or large their growth and success is, I get so excited when I see them succeeding! Also owning my own fitness centre in my late 20’s and totally embracing the entrepreneurial journey and the real MBA that it was for my journey in business.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome and how did you do this?

Overcoming a major health event – a brain tumour some years back, surviving surgery and learning to walk again and get back into life and my career. Lol I was also left with the worse hair do – so sorting that out for a wahine following brain surgery was a work on lol!

How has Covid changed you personally and your business?

Covid has definitely highlighted the importance of prioritising hauora and whanau and living life on purpose.

What or who inspires you?

For me I find inspiration from so many things, people and places that I cannot land on just one. I always remain open to take inspiration wherever it shows up for me .

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Surround yourself with like-minded people or people you aspire to. Be careful of who your surround yourself with and run from the Naysayers. Believe in yourself!!!

What advice would you give to aspiring female entrepreneurs in NZ?

Be really clear on your purpose and your why, as many GREAT businesses have been built on sheer passion and persistence! Know your target customer intimately!

What three things can’t you live without?

My hauora is hugely important to me, so exercise is critical to keep working at the pace I do - whether it is Crossfit, or a good powerwalk, yoga, or active resting (it is a thing). The sea and beach - getting out on my boat is my place! My whanau and chosen tribe of people.

Best book, tv show or podcast you’ve enjoyed this year?

TV –  Scotty Morrison Origin series.

Podcast - definitely Brene Brown and Robin Sharma. I love a good short sharp empowering podcast as I am out power walking in nature.

Best book of late as I fly often for mahi so that is where I find time to dive into a book  is Aroha by Dr Hinemoa Elder, and No Rules Rules – Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention.

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