Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Strategist │ Cultural Anthropologist │ Leadership Consultant
Kim Allen is a senior leader at I Follow the Leader LLC, a leadership consulting firm specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). I Follow the Leader was launched in 2016 to heighten awareness and readiness of DEI initiatives within companies. Kim and the team partner with organizations to move them along the diversity continuum, improve their overall culture, and increase profitability, creativity, and innovation.
Kim is an executive-level community engagement professional with over 25 years of experience creating, building, and leading organizations aimed at the development of just and equitable communities and workplaces. She has significant skills and accomplishments in non-profit organizations, higher education teaching and administration venues, campaigns for public office, and with government officials in advocacy roles.
Kim holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an anthropologist, Kim is keenly interested in what makes us human and how cultural practices like cooking and eating, schooling, childrearing and other cultural practices vary among human societies. Her research has focused on racial identity formation and environmental activism. Her current research interests address anti-racist identity and action.
Kim will soon earn certification as a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)® from The Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)®, a subsidiary of the Society for Diversity and the leading professional association for diversity and inclusion.
Kim is based in Durham, North Carolina and is the matriarch in a family that’s committed to racial and social equity and justice for all. In nearby Chapel Hill are her son Allen, a civil rights attorney, daughter-in-law Sarah, a public health researcher who focuses on racial disparities in healthcare and three adorable mixed-raced grandchildren. A present and available neighbor, Kim enjoys maintaining her Little Free Library and operating The Listening Booth, a traveling kiosk she created that invites young and old to come sit and share good news, sad thoughts or bright ideas with a compassionate listener.