Kim Kucinskas

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Kim Kucinskas

Director, Member and Learner Experience

Summary

Kim Kucinskas joined Humentum in March 2011 and today serves as Director of Conferences and Learning Operations, where it is her job to ensure that Humentum’s Learning Principles are embedded in each of the 300+ learning events held every year. Kim manages Humentum’s portfolio of conferences, bringing together thought leaders and sector best practices in Washington, DC and around the world so that practitioners can learn, network and engage with some of the sectors most pressing issues. She also trains workshops throughout the year, including Management Skills for New Managers and Training of Trainers. Kim received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from American University and later earned a Master of Science in international relations from University College Dublin. Kim is PMD Pro 1 and 2 certified.

Kim first recognized the importance of strong operations and her personal propensity for assisting people to improve project management during her work with Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) in Namibia. Her role, which originally included project monitoring and training development, soon expanded to include team management, database improvement, and training design and delivery. Kim received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from American University and later earned a Master of Science in international relations from University College Dublin. Kim is PMD Pro 1 and 2 certified.

Q + A

What is your favorite place you’ve been to, and where do you want to go next?

Favorite place I’ve lived: Coogee Beach, Australia. Favorite vacation: self-drive safari in Etosha National Park, Namibia. Favorite spot: Ballycotton cliff walk in Cork, Ireland. Next adventure: Peru or Vietnam.

Describe your ideal weekend.

My ideal weekend would include four components:

  1. ​An adventure that includes my son and dog.
  2. Leisurely food and drink with friends.
  3. Some combination of sleep / tv binge-watching / more sleep.
  4. Brunch (see # 2). I live in DC after all. 
What advice would you give to your younger self if you could?

It sounds cliché, but I would tell myself that it is okay to fail. I used to be so afraid of trying new things because of how I would be judged if I failed at them. I now know that a) it is the trying, not the succeeding, that is most often what you are grateful for at the end of the day, and b) for the most part no one is watching you as closely as you think! The older I get, the less I take things seriously, and I am grateful for that. 

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Or dessert in general?

Does a cheese platter count as dessert?