Are You Ready to Look Forward. Live Fully. And Create a Life You Love?
Meet Kim Becking
Kim is a nationally recognized and sought after author, consultant and motivational speaker. She is a “recovering” attorney, a successful business owner, a community activist, a patient advocate, a published author and speaker. More importantly, she is a “survivor” who provides messages of hope, inspiration and humor and encourages people to find their voice and use life’s stumbling blocks to rebuild their lives. Kim believes life’s inevitable challenges are an opportunity to pause and reinvent ourselves – not only surviving but thriving.
Kim understands what it takes to defy the odds, face challenges and create a life that works… on her own terms. As a high school senior she was told, “Forget college. It’s not for you – you aren’t college material.” She went on to graduate not only from college, but from law school as well, at the top of her class – and was the first person in her family to graduate from college.
In 2002, at the age of 30, while planning her son’s second birthday Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought it and with her friends and co-authors, wrote a book, Nordie’s at Noon, about the experience, and 13 years later is now cancer free. Kim learned about the importance of breast self exams through her good friend, Patti, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 24. Unfortunately, Patti lost her battle with breast cancer at the age of 29. Kim is now on a mission to empower others to be proactive with their health, their life and their future. She is a nationally recognized patient advocate and breast cancer survivor and has been honored by SELF and Lifetime Television for her tireless commitment to breast cancer awareness.
Kim’s book, “Nordie’s at Noon- the Personal Stories of Four Women “Too Young” for Breast Cancer,” has received national acclaim and has been featured in national publications such as People, SELF, and The New York Times. She is the recipient of the Natalie Davis Spingarn Writer’s Award by the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship, the Shining Star of Perseverance by the Will Return Council, and the “You Make a Difference Award” from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Kansas City Affiliate.
After breast cancer, Kim realized life was short. So she left a successful law practice to start her own business and follow her passion. She left the practice of law eight years ago and started her own public affairs and strategic communications firm. It went well. Life was humming along. And then, her husband and high school sweetheart walked out on her. One day she was married, and the next day he was gone, marrying her very good friend and neighbor, who then took her name, Kim Carlos, thus requiring Kim to not only reinvent herself and go back to her maiden name, Kim George, but also reinvent her company and personal brand.
Kim “gets” challenge. She understands the need to reframe and reclaim herself when life tosses her a curve ball. Her challenges have been faced by many of us. Fortunately, as an author and speaker, Kim has a passion to tell her story and share the tools she used to not only survive, but thrive. It’s a story she can tell through many chapters: her battle with cancer, the demands of owning her own business, community advocacy, the balance of being a working mother, the unexpected challenges of marriage, family and divorce, having a second chance at love, remarrying a widower with two small children, and adjusting to a fabulous new life in a blended household as Kim Becking – mom of three, party of five.
Kim embodies the philosophy of doing good for her clients while doing good for the public through her civic and philanthropic activities. She has been an active community leader for over a decade. She is the former chair of the Missouri Women’s Council and past President of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Greater Kansas City Affiliate. She has also served on Komen’s National Public Policy Advisory Council in addition to serving on countless other boards for worthy community organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the National Patient Advocate Foundation and the Young Survival Coalition. Since 2004, Kim has been selected as a member of the National Cancer Survivor Day Speaker’s Bureau. She is a graduate of the Kauffman Foundation’s Fast Trac Program, an alumnae of the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge and one of Kansas City’s Ingram’s Magazine 40 Under 40 honorees.
Kim graduated with honors from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and received her Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. She continues to make every day count – looking forward and living life. Kim currently resides in Columbia, Missouri, with her husband, Jason, and her three children, Brandon (16), Adelaide (13) and Jack (11). She is happy to be able to focus more of her time on her motivational speaking and training company – Looking Forward – Living Life, where she will continue to write, speak, coach and share her message.