Consulting & Speaking

Kimberly C. Rhyan is an artist and former foster youth who believes that art, creativity, and community cultivate a unique space for healing and growth to happen through education, reflection, action and transformation.

Specializing in Creative Arts Therapy and “Hope through Resiliency,” she helps organizations and individuals develop maps for actualizing hopes and dreams, while building empathy and understanding around self-care.  Kimberly has a passion to help others create road-maps to step into their future. Her mission focuses on utilizing the arts to enhance resilience and inspire change.

She inspires people through her keynote messages and workshops to have a deeper connection to themselves and others through the arts, storytelling,  and trauma-informed care.

Explore some of her conaulting and/or speaking topics below and contact her at to develop a unique presentation and/or consulting plan for your organization.

Consulting Topics:
  • Clarify Goals & Identify NPO Partners
  • Strategize Philanthropy
  • Determine Giving Budget & Calendar
  • Enhance Engagement of your board, donors, & partners
  • Connect In-Kind Contributions
  • Grant writing/Editing
  • Promote Marketing through Social Media Plan 
  • Create Mapping of Impact & Outcomes

Training Topics:

Foster Care/Foster Parents:

  • Fostering Resiliency through Storytelling:
  • Foster youth experience various levels of trauma, including being separated from home and primary caregivers. The experience that led to the separation may have been even more traumatic while each foster youth’s intrauterine and early developmental history may remain unknown. Trauma is developmentally relevant and a one-sized approach to care does not fit all. Some children internalize or externalize traumatic experiences while some do both. Each foster youth’s triggers are individualized and some youth show symptoms of trauma immediately while some have delayed symptoms. It is important to foster resiliency through storytelling and experiential practices.
  • This is an experiential workshop series for Foster Families and Supporters of Foster Youth: Kimberly Rhyan will share her personal story about “never giving up” and overcoming adversity as a former foster youth. She will teach participants how to cultivate learning experiences that empower foster youth and families to practice a growth mindset. Foster parents will complete at least five resiliency practices to implement with youth/children. Secondary wounding and secondary traumatization will also be explored. Compassion, empathy, and listening will be explored as pathways to building trust and navigating difficult conversations.

Foster Care/Foster Youth/First-Generation College Students/Student Parents/At-Risk Youth:

  • Try and Try Again: Never Give Up on Your Goals: Kimberly focuses on sharing her journey and how she overcome barriers in her life to overcome, proving she wasn’t a statistic of being a former foster youth or single-parent. She will share resiliency practices and how to map your future.
  • Prioritizing and Fulfilling the Steps to Self-Care and ForgivenessIn this General Session, Kimberly utilizes her degrees in Creative Arts Therapy and Fine Art to teach young adults in and from foster care about the forgiveness and reconciliation as pathways to healing through anxiety, trauma and PTSD. This session will include hands-on activities that will explore self-awareness and aspirations, as they relate to relationships and a career.
  • Working and Completing Your Education: How to Practice Balance that Ensures Your Success: Young adults in and from foster care don’t typically have the luxury of focusing only on higher education after high school.  It’s normal for us to have to juggle school and work to ensure we’re not only able to ensure a successful future but that we are also able to make ends meet while getting an education.  In this session, you’ll learn how to strike a balance that works for you so, you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.
  • Creativity  & Team-building Boost: Kimberly provides hands-on activities, leading teams to develop creativity to improve job performance and enhancing communication through education, action and reflection.
  • Storytelling with a Purpose: Kimberly focuses on transformation and reaching goals through self-empowerment to improve outcomes while developing unity through team-building and sharing stories.

Higher Education Professionals:

  • Building Student Support Systems: Kimberly discusses barriers and addresses programmatic solutions for students to persist and graduate.
  • Supporting Foster Youth in Higher Education: Kimberly will lead your campus through the process of designing a network of support for students who identify as former foster youth. She will guide Student Affairs teams to strategically create a model for enhancing campus communication while equipping teams to address barriers to success. Experiential Techniques will be utilized to create improved outcomes.
  • Storytelling with a Purpose: Kimberly focuses on transformation and reaching goals through self-empowerment to improve outcomes while developing unity through team-building and sharing stories.

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