Kimberly Weichel

Kimberly Weichel is a social entrepreneur, catalyst, and nonprofit leader who has worked on the forefront of building bridges between cultures and peoples for over 25 years. She is a gender specialist who is a passionate advocate and champion for women’s advancement, empowerment, and leadership. As CEO of Peace x Peace, an international women’s peace building and leadership organization, she supported and mentored their global network of women peace builders in over a hundred countries. Kim has extensive global experience in Russia, South Africa, East Africa, Southeast Asia, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Canada, and Australia. She completed her BA and master’s degrees from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and was awarded fellowships in Europe and Asia.

 

Kim's cross-cultural and multifaceted background gives her a unique perspective on life, benefiting many communities through her work as a facilitator, trainer, radio producer, speaker, and advisor to NGOs. She has led a wide range of international programs and worked with the UN and other international agencies. Kim is a mentor of young and not-so young women and has mentored hundreds of women around the world.

Kim loves to write, and her books have had international appeal: Inside Crossroads (McGraw Hill) highlighted a remarkably resilient community in South Africa that was threatened with demolition during apartheid, The Future of the Pacific Rim (Praeger) explored the economic potential and regional cooperation of this diverse region, and Healing the Heart of the World (Elite) featured her chapter “The Feminine Front Line” about women on the forefront of change. Her recent book, Beyond Borders: One Woman's Journey of Courage, Passion and Inspiration, chronicles her work during remarkable times in history as well as moving personal stories and lessons learned.

 

Kim's passion and enthusiasm for life is infectious. She is an adventurer,  seeker of knowledge, and a true global citizen. She has been married for forty-three years and has two grown children. She loves to spend time in nature, play music, paint watercolor, play tennis, hike, ski, and swim. She is a Renaissance woman who enjoys connecting with people from other cultures.

MY LATEST ARTICLES

November 5, 2019

I find that most people want to make a difference but are short of time or don’t know how. We can make a difference in many ways, some of which take little time. I share some of my favorites

  1. Be mindful of our thoughts, words and actions. Often the most important thing we can do is to be aware of our imprint on others, and how our thoughts and words influence our behavior. How we speak with others, what we say and how we say it, affects others. Our actions have an impact. Each of us can make a difference today and each...

Many people ask me how we can stay balanced in this ever-changing and more demanding world. My response - we need to build our capacity for resilience, a key skill for our time. Resilience is the process of adapting in the face of adversity—whether it’s trauma, tragedy, threats, family and relationship problems, serious health issues, or workplace and financial stressors. It means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences, often leaving us stronger and able to handle additional stress.

The good news is that resilience is...

September 21, 2017


             Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.                                  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. —Howard Thurman


These are truly extraordinary times. On the one hand, we have extreme divisions in this country that look irreconcilable; and on the other, we are witnessing a global call to action, political involvement, and ci...

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