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Fierce Woman Feature – Kimberly Moore

This week’s Fierce Woman Feature is dedicated to another of Chicago Innovation’s Women In Innovation Award winners, Kimberly Moore.  Kimberly leads one of the largest women and minority-owned engineering firms in the Midwest with over 100 employees who have worked on thousands of infrastructure projects.

But it all started with a young girl, growing up on Chicago’s South Side, who loved to tinker and fix things.

Kimberly went on to get both her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Engineering from NIU, while also playing D1 basketball as an undergrad.  

Like many ambitious women, she caught the entrepreneurial spirit and started her own firm in the early 200s.  Also like many women, she temporarily put her goals on hold to care for her ailing father and shuttered KDM during this time.  Ultimately, (also like many other women) she persisted and following her father’s death she dedicated herself to building the most successful company she could.  
Being among the first few black women to graduate from NIU with an electrical engineering degree, Moore knows firsthand what it’s like to be the only person in the room who looks and talks like her. She has made it her mission to change that. 

A fierce supporter of women and minorities in STEM, Moore also created Calculated Genius, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to helping underrepresented youth explore and connect to engineering through summer programming and scholarships for women pursuing STEM-related degrees.
It’s pretty evident that this Fierce Woman commits to what she cares about and achieves what she commits to.  Thank you to Chicago Innovation for honoring Kimberly and sharing her amazing work!

Candance Chow, NextGroup Co-founder