Kim Smolik, Ed.D.


Kim Smolik, Ed.D, serves as the CEO of Leadership Roundtable, an organization committed to advancing and promoting financial, managerial and leadership best practices in all levels of the Catholic Church.

Throughout her career, Kim has proven to be a dynamic and committed advocate for leadership development, community service, and social justice. She has a passion for helping others to become agile and collaborative leaders whose skills serve a purpose driven mission and have measurable impact. Kim founded the Nonprofit Servant Leadership Program that offers Catholic young adults the opportunity to give back as they develop their leadership and nonprofit management skills during one year of full-time service in Washington, DC. She also developed international service programs for Franciscan Mission Service in Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Guatemala and Jamaica.

During her seven-year tenure as Executive Director of Franciscan Mission Service, Kim forged strong ties between Franciscan constituencies domestically and internationally. From this platform, she began to regularly contribute to national and international thought leadership in the Catholic Church. She has been a guest speaker at various Catholic gatherings in the US and abroad. This includes serving as a national conference facilitator for the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and facilitating the national conferences of United States Catholic Mission Association and Catholic Volunteer Network, on whose executive board she served from 2006 through 2012. Kim has also given multiple keynote addresses, including one on the Millennials in the Catholic Church to the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, an organization serving the leadership of Catholic orders and congregations of the more than 17,000 priests and brothers in the United States.

Kim has developed a solid track record of success in the strategic oversight of Catholic nonprofit operations. For her efforts, she was awarded a highly competitive Leadership Fellowship with the Archibald Bush Foundation. As a Bush Fellow, Kim worked and studied with leaders taking creative approaches to spark change and address conflict around the world. Prior to her Bush Fellowship, Kim was the Director of the Volunteer Corps and Community Service-Learning Programs at Catholic Charities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. These experiences prepared her to lead Franciscan Mission Service from nearly closing its doors in 2008 to a thriving organization that tripled in size during her tenure.

Kim received her Doctorate of Education from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. Her dissertation research focused on racial justice in the workplace, adult transformational learning, and organizational development, particularly in a Catholic context. She has an MA in Curriculum Development and Cross-Cultural Education from the University of Alabama, and a BA in History and Education from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. Named Rising Leader of the Year by the National Society for Experiential Education in 2006, she is also a Certified Intercultural Development Inventory Administrator, a certified Co-Active ® leadership and executive coach, and an experienced facilitator in diversity and racial justice trainings. She has secured competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute and the Minnesota Humanities Commission.

Kim has extensive cross-cultural expertise, having taught high school, college, and adult social justice advocacy programs in Cuba, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Mexico. She has worked in and traveled to over 50 countries.

In her spare time, Kim can be found creating culinary magic in the kitchen of her Washington-DC home, where she brings her special knack for building community around the dinner table.

About Leadership Roundtable
Leadership Roundtable is dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human resource development of the Catholic Church in the U.S.  Leadership Roundtable exists to strengthen the temporal affairs of the Church by harnessing the expertise and resources of Catholic senior-level executives from all sectors (including the financial, corporate, governmental, philanthropic, charitable, judicial and educational) in service to the Church.

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