Trailblazer Spotlight: Kimberly Brown, Contract Administrator
In the fall of 1990, an ambitious 17-year-old from Titusville, Florida migrated 122 miles to begin her undergrad at the University of South Florida. Today, we know that dream chaser as Kimberly Brown, the Contract Administrator for the College of Nursing.
Brown has been an employee of USF for 31 years. Her first job was with the Office of Testing and Evaluation. “I was blessed to be surrounded by nurturing coworkers, and supervisors that instilled in me excellent work values,” said Brown.
After graduation from the university, she remained a part of the USF family as an employee, an advisor for multiple student organizations, and an advocate for various diversity-related matters. She went on to complete the Florida educational requirements to serve as a Paralegal, through Hillsborough Community College.
By day, Brown is the legal liaison for contract administration related to student educational experiences. “I enjoy the legal interaction and flow of working with attorneys,” said Brown, who works closely with the university’s General Counsel, serving as a paralegal for the college.
“Kim brings so much knowledge to the workday, that after six years of working with her I still learn something new each day,” says Shawn Afflick, Academic Services Administrator, “her professionalism has made her well-known and well-liked, not only in the College of Nursing of across the University as a whole.”
By night, she is an event planner and designer. Her business, Essential Events is a full-service event planning company that functions to create amazing weddings, signature celebrations, and corporate events complete with its own event venue in Brandon, Florida.
Whether it be her role as paralegal or event planner, Brown shares her philosophy, “no matter the profession you choose, be the absolute best you can be.”
“I am unapologetic in my quest for the equity and inclusion of those without a voice, and I will continue to surround myself with other leaders with mirroring visions.”