With keen insights and a strategic perspective, Kim Blue helps people align their passions, talents, and values for success. She has created and executed organizational blueprints for top-flight organizations including ESPN and Microsoft. In October 2020, she joined Zoom as the Global Head of People Experience Partners, where she leads the company’s worldwide team of HR business partners. She now serves as the Chief People Officer at OpenExchange, Inc., a company focused on financial technology. In this role, she leads a full Human Resources team with the goal of introducing the right organizational elements and building out the HR functions in line with their business rhythms. As a Positive Disruptor, she looks to enhance businesses through change that benefits not only the company but its global community.
Over her career, Kim Blue has earned a reputation as a trusted adviser who is able to motivate leaders to embrace growth, change, diversity, and inclusion to improve themselves and their organizations. Leading Diversity and Inclusion efforts at some of today's top brands, she built a collective understanding that inclusion allows for all perspectives to have a place at the table that is not conditioned by agreement or being like-minded. It’s a skill she developed in her early career as a personal trainer and honed as she has risen through the ranks as an HR professional. Whether she’s consulting one-on-one or leading training for a room full of people, she is still a coach at her core. Kim believes when diversity and inclusion are part of the culture of any organization, there is an opportunity for them to step beyond the shore of diversity and really explore the ocean that is inclusion. That ocean is filled with so much possibility if we are willing to be vulnerable, humble, and explore.
Kim Blue is a graduate of East Carolina University and Queens University of Charlotte and lives in Atlanta. She is an Executive Board Member at The Black in HR and is active in other not-for-profit organizations. In her spare time, you’ll usually find her cheering for her son, Avery Ross, from the sideline of a sporting event.