Kimberly Paige

The Ad Exec Poised to Disrupt the Beauty Industry

Seventeen years in leadership roles at Coca-Cola; CMO at Coty; chief operating and brand officer at Sundial: Kimberly Paige boasts a pretty robust résumé. In fact, her credentials were so impressive that when she started at Sundial, she was tasked with rebranding the company known for inclusive skin care for women of color. With disruptive market leadership and innovation in her DNA, Paige is definitely a force to watch.

When did you realize what you wanted to do in your life?

“I’ve always had an insatiable curiosity about things, people, etc. What makes them tick, why they choose to behave in certain way, buy this product and not that product. So it was clear around the age of 12 that I would either be a psychiatrist or a marketer. My first year of college I interned at an ad agency and knew that I would be in marketing. Once I made that decision, it was clear that the best place for me to start my career was at Procter & Gamble in brand management.”

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

“Raising two compassionate, kind and loving individuals who have an understanding and appreciation of who they are and the role they can play in advancing our world.”

What’s something you’d like people to know about you or your job that they probably don’t?

“Most people don’t know that I am a true hip-hop head!”

What advice do you have for other women working toward their own dreams?

“One, if it does not feel right, then it’s not right. Sounds cliché, but trust your instincts. Two, get to a place of clarity…it removes a lot of the noise and distractions so you can focus on the important things that matter. Even if you are not 100 percent sure about what you want, its powerful to be clear about what you don’t want. During moments of transition, I would often say a quick prayer, ‘God, please close the doors that are not for me.’

“And finally, don’t beat yourself up trying to achieve ‘work life balance.’ It does not exist (or at least, not for most). My goal was to have the important things in my life live in harmony—all co-existing in peace with an understanding that if one didn’t work, the others didn’t work, and not that they were all equal.”

Whom do you admire more than anyone else?

“Sorry, I have to list two: my mom and Barack Obama. (I don’t follow rules very well.)”

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