Kimberlee Williams

Founder, Forward Ever Business Alliance

Newark, NJ

Act Local First, Prioritize Equity  |  Business Network / Alliance, Community Economic Development, Consultant, Incubator / Accelerator

Kimberlee consults business, government, and philanthropists on the business rules to profitably engage and authentically connect to the new ethnic majority populations in America.

Kimberlee is at the forefront of communities becoming engines of an economy that works for all. She is an innovator with an eye for vast visions and unique solutions. Over the course of a two-decade illustrious career, Kimberlee has developed a deep network of meaningful connections across different sectors that she draws upon to help people and businesses connect with one another.

A member of the inaugural TED Residency and Founding Curator of Newark Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum, Kimberlee embodies boundless energy and enthusiasm, and a powerful sense of commitment to the projects she accepts and to the organizations she collaborates with. As CEO and Chief Marketing Strategist at FEMWORKS, she has perfected the balance of marketing and innovation needed to ignite creativity and add value through authentic connection and community engagement.

Kimberlee is consciously a community builder; she has launched small business advocacy organizations; Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance and New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce. As a result, she was recognized by her peers with the 2014 New Jersey Social Entrepreneur of the Year at Rutgers Business School 1st Annual Entrepreneurship Awards Ceremony. Her continued efforts to leverage the power of global networks to shape projects and places in ways that transform metropolitan areas, embed technology and bring to life underutilized urban areas goes unparalleled.

Proudly extending her leadership acuity to her community as Senior Entrepreneur in Residence of the Newark Business Hub in 2016, a program of Rutgers Business School Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Kimberlee continues to lay the foundation for an ongoing conversation about how to equip entrepreneurs of distressed urban areas with the skills they need to expand, as well as to create an environment conducive to their success.