We asked our Monday night speaker Mimi Kirk, how she got started in her industry, what her big achievements have been, advice she has on how women can take the lead in a male corporate world, advice for women interested in climbing the corporate ladder and how she defines happiness. Scroll down for the full interview.
Who is Mimi Kirk?
Mimi Kirk is the mother of 4 children and grandmother of seven. She is a former Showgirl, stand-In for Mary Tyler Moore, and designer for Valerie Harper’s wardrobe on Rhoda both 70′s sit-com TV series. Kirk appeared on an original Star Trek and many other feature movies and television shows. Throughout her lifetime Kirk has enjoyed a variety of interesting jobs and careers.
Mimi Kirk gained popularity when she was voted The Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50 by PETA. She was 71 at the time. Now at the age of 75 she is a raw food chef, motivational speaker, teacher and health consultant. She has appeared as guest speaker at numerous health events, and been interviewed on national TV shows including CBS The Doctor, NBC, and interviewed by countless newspapers, magazines and online blogs.
Mimi travels the world sharing her passion on how to live a long healthy life and obtain a holistic healthy way of living.
How did you get started in your industry?
MK: sharing my personal experience of turning around my health opened up so many doors for me.
What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
MK: raising my 4 children as a young single widowed mother. And more recently being the author of best selling books in my seventies.
Do you have any advice on how women can take lead in a male corporate world without alienating male employees?
MK: I’ve not had experience in what you call a male corporate world as I was in the film industry for many years in front and behind the camera in a creative way. When I moved on from there I created my own companies so I’ve been entrepreneurial most of my life.
What advice would you give women interested in climbing the corporate ladder?
MK: as is anything in life I would say be yourself. Be honest, loving, well versed in your field, and love what you do. I’d say take the elevator instead of climbing any ladders. Life is about enjoying every step along the way so if you decide to climb a ladder have fun doing it and don’t let negative thoughts rule you.
Finally, happiness is…
MK: loving yourself just the way you are.