CEO Gold Coast Hospital Foundation
Fan the flames of your passion and it can take you anywhere!
For Gold Coast Hospital Foundation CEO Kim Sutton, determination and a drive to succeed has lead her around the world and back home to Australia again.
With a career that began studying Psychology in Melbourne, and in the two decades since, Kim has travelled the globe tallying up experiences that have helped her develop a solid skill set and allowed her to become the incredible leader she is today.
From training with the UN to managing high performing teams in the USA, to even running her own yoga business in the UK – the common thread that binds them all is Kim’s innate desire to help people improve their lives.
Determination to do good can lead to good things happening for you, which was evident when Kim had the privilege of going to Bangladesh and meeting Nobel Laurete, Professor Mohammed Yunus pioneer of the concept of microfinance and microcredit – an initiative that allows entrepreneurs from poor nations to access funds to create businesses that help bridge the social and economic divide. Known as one of the great thinkers of our time, he has inspired many to take up social causes all over the world, and Kim is no exception.
Now in her current role as CEO of the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation, Kim is forging strong partnerships with businesses and within the community for the betterment of all. With a natural flair for fundraising and philanthropy, she aims to expand the work of the charity and by doing so will directly increase the impact it will have in the Gold Coast community – continuing her vision of helping people improve their lives.
As I often say to my daughter… you can be anything you want to be. Working in a hospital, she sometimes visits my work place and gets involved. Shockingly at her young age of 6, I recently asked her if she’d like to be a doctor or surgeon she replies with, no girls can’t be doctors or surgeons, they are nurses. So I replied by saying again, “you can be anything you want to be” and then set about introducing her to our female board member who also happens to be a highly skilled neurosurgeon and Director of Neurosurgery.
Girls, aim high, you can do it! Who better to reach down and give you a hand up, support you and inspire you than other women who have stepped out in front to lead others, their organisations and their colleagues to success. Having a mentor that you can look up to is key, at all stages of your career, so I hope that this workshop helps to set that habit early and inspire local girls to aspire to the greatness they are so capable of.
One of Kim’s key learnings from a dynamic life of adventure is to not only be ready for change – but to embrace it.
Never let fear of failure hold you back from what you could be and what you could achieve. Be solution focused and self-driven – don’t expect or wait for others to pave your way or motivate you – you need to be bold and be brave. Create your own destiny!
A true inspiration to young women everywhere, Kim is proof that with the right amount of ambition and support, nothing can hold you back from achieving your dreams.