Join the 40 Under 40 | Interviews with today's most successful, young business professionals.
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Every year in your city, there are 40 standout individuals that earn the elite recognition of being a "40 Under 40". They are some of the most successful, young professionals in your area and they've learned what it takes to be successful, stand out from the crowd and make an impact. If you're interested in earning that kind of recognition, you should learn from the "40 Under 40". We've interviewed "40 Under 40" alumni from across the country, got their best advice and put it in a podcast so that you know exactly what it will take to Join the 40. This will be one of the best new business podcasts for young professionals that are striving to build a career worth recognizing.
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Ep. 006 - Kathy King - Join the 40
Dec 14 16
Kathy King Kathy King joined Crain's Detroit Business 20 in their 20s in 2013 at the age of 27. She is the founder/director of the Brighton Dance Festival, a summer training program for dance students that has grown to the national scale. Kathy also founded and ran the Michigan Dance Project, a professional contemporary dance company, for eight full seasons, closing the doors in 2014 to focus on the growth of BDF. Interview Notes 0:57 - The Brighton Dance Festival is her current focus - it's a summer event but takes an entire year of planning. She's teamed up with Cleary University for the festival. Kathy teaches full time, to ages 7+ at a studio called Michelle's Academy of Dance and at EMU. Most recently was hired as the head dance coach at Cleary University. Dance, Dance, Dance! 2:32 - Kathy was honored in 2013 by Crain's Detroit Business Magazine. She was nominated by her friends. Kathy has been teaching dance since she was 16, so to be recognized in the business world for the arts was extremely validating for her. 3:59 - Why did Kathy's friends nominate her? She says she's the world's most stubborn person, a trait that has helped her efforts. Rather than throwing in the towel when things aren't going her way, Kathy finds creative strategies to solve the problems she's facing. That quality has helped her as she's been running her own business. 5:41 - Some of the best business advice Kathy has received: Her Dad is constantly reminding her to "Never give up and go after what you want to go after." Kathy's always heard "What's your backup plan?" or "What's going to be your real career?" Ignore the people who try and keep you from what you want. 7:27 - One of Kathy's biggest successes has been creating the Brighton Dance Festival. Seeing it grow year after year has been amazing! 7:58 - The Brighton Dance Festival started in 2010 and was intended to be regional originally. Over the years, it has grown from 5 days to 2 weeks, including housing and students coming from across the country. There are many summer events where the faculty isn't paid, but Kathy has been able to pay and significantly incre