Today, we are getting to know Kim Kaiser:
What is your role at Georgetown? How long have you been working here?
I am an assistant director of program management for executive custom programs. I joined Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business almost one year ago to the month, though my amazing colleagues have made it feel as if I’ve been a part of the team for much longer!
What do you enjoy most about working in executive education?
The opportunity to work with accomplished professionals from around the world and develop lasting connections are some of the most enjoyable aspects of my job. I have already had the chance to reconnect with past participants from a program I ran here in D.C. while traveling abroad in Europe. To be able to see the positive impact our team can have on a person’s career is extremely rewarding.
This year, we are running the Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program (GEELP), in partnership with RTI and USAID. Tell us a bit about your experience as the program manager.
The Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program embodies the best of both worlds as it incorporates in-person sessions, asynchronous online content, and live webinars. Participants get the ease and convenience of being able to complete the course work in their own time. The online component has been beneficial in the context of this program since we are working with participants from five different countries — they can re-watch content, download videos, and turn on closed captions and get transcripts. In addition, the use of an online learning platform enables students to have meaningful discussions, share resources, and connect with faculty on their own schedules. The online learning is then cemented by opening and closing sessions in Frankfurt, Germany.
This program has been a great learning experience for me, including working with a variety of internal and external vendors to build out the learning platforms and I.T. infrastructure, and to determine how to deliver a highly customized program remotely, while maintaining the Georgetown experience.
What are you passionate about outside of the office?
My passions in life center around my family members who I remain extremely close to even though we are scattered around the country. Growing up I moved around quite a bit and moving from place to place really helps build a bond with family that lasts a lifetime. I couldn’t go without mentioning my dog, Rue, and travel as main passions in my life. My list of must-visit destinations continues to grow as I meet and learn from participants from all around the world.
Image: Kim (left) with her brother and sister at Enchanted-Historic Shenandoah Farm in Madison, Virginia