Kimberly C. Rhyan has been working in Higher Education for over 15 years and received awards and honors in New York and Ohio for her innovative programming. She earned her B.A. in Fine Art from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and M.A. in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University. She is a former foster youth and national advocate who supports foster youth to defy statistics by graduating high school and post-secondary educational programs.
Over the past five years, she has served as a board member of Ohio Reach. Ohio Reach improves post-secondary outcomes for foster care youth and alumni through leadership, empowerment, advocacy, research and networking (L.E.A.R.N.) Since 2017, she has been employed by the University of Cincinnati with the Higher Education mentoring Initiative (HEMI).
As an advocate and speaker, Kimberly Rhyan shares her inspirational story about being a former foster youth and overcoming life’s challenges. Her personal story of reconciliation and resiliency focuses on survival by moving from hurt to healing through empowerment and self-care.
Kimberly isn’t just a former foster youth, she is a soul-inspired storyteller, entrepreneur, artist, educator & writer focused on strengthening individuals, organizations and families . She currently teaches her clients to step into their future through the process of purposeful mapping and goal-setting. She is determined to support others (one person or organization at a time) learn resources and tools for actualizing self-care and promoting resiliency.
Whether it is exhibiting her art work, serving as keynote speaker and/or facilitating a workshop, Kimberly C. Rhyan uses her experiences, passion, knowledge and skills to develop unique experiences to inspire her audiences. She will inspire you to lead with purpose and step into your future.
Kimberly is an experienced speaker, trainer and consultant that teaches and inspires universities, schools, organizations, foster care agencies, foster youth and families to practice resilience strategies via storytelling, creative arts and heart work. Her passion is to empower individuals and organizations to succeed!
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