Kimberly Penn is the Chief Strategist of Women and Drones. She works to create strategies for the organization’s core mission to increase female participation in the economic opportunities of the industry. Her professional background which includes technology and project management, data analytics, programming, risk mitigation and entrepreneurship will further enhance her ability to serve the strategic needs of the Women & Drones. Kimberly started the first woman-owned tech firm in the state of Texas in 1993. Having thrived during the .Com boom and bust of the late 90’s, Webtropolis is one of the nation’s leading technical auditing firms for federally funded organizations subject to The Security Rule. Kimberly has an extensive background in the startup and venture capital world. She has help launch 30+ founders through every stage of the startup business cycle including acquisition. Currently, Kimberly serves as the Entrepreneur In Residence for Houston Community College (HCC) SW. HCC was awarded “2020 Entrepreneurial Community College of the Year” by the National Association For Community College Entrepreneurship She supports over 70,000 students as member of the Entrepreneurial Initiatives team by creating and implementing programs in collaboration with small businesses, nonprofits, corporations, and government agencies across greater Houston. Kimberly has designed a series of business development workshops and webinars for Fortune 500 corporations, federal agencies, and national nonprofits including business resiliency, business plans and pitching, mentoring, effective communication within a three-generation workplace, the art of saying no, risk mitigation and strategies, negotiation, disaster preparedness and recovery. As the Founder of Techpak – one of premier tech events for K-12 students in greater Houston, Kimberly used her ability to connect and build collaborative relationships across educational institutions and corporations. By strategically aligning both corporate social responsibility and educational learning objectives with best practices in STEM, STEAM, and STREAM. As a lifelong learner who values education, Kimberly has earned a double B.A. in Computer Systems Information & Psychology from Houston Baptist University, a M.A. in Sociology from the University of Houston, and a M.P.S. in Technology Management from Georgetown University. She has spent over 14 years teaching at the community college and university level. Kimberly has earned several local, state and national teaching awards at the collegiate level. She is also the proud mother of her daughter, Carly, a doctoral student at LSU.
September 5-7, 2023 • Caesars Forum • Las Vegas