Kimberlee Williams


Forward-thinking Social Entrepreneur with more than
20 years of business experience.
A Drew University Graduate, Kimberlee resides in
Newark, NJ with her spouse and dog Pebbles.
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Kimberlee S. Williams is a super connector and the catalyst advancing the Newark Business Hub program. Kimberlee has led FEMWORKS diverse community marketing as the CEO and Chief Marketing Strategist since its founding eleven years ago. She has a unique passion and expertise at strategy blending media, technology, and experiential events that transform perceptions, renew urban centers, and build enduring relationships with the community. Kimberlee’s reach has global scale as the founding curator of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Newark community.    

A forward-thinking social entrepreneur with more than 20 years of business experience, Kimberlee has spear headed campaigns including “Made in Newark”, “reNewJersey Stronger” Sandy Recovery Outreach for the NJ Dept. of Community Affairs, and “Status is Everything” HIV prevention campaign for the NJ Department of Health. Her global client portfolio features NCAA March Madness, Sundance Channel, TEDxBroadStreet, Prudential Foundation, Apollo Theater, and the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District. Mrs. Williams is the 2014 Social Entrepreneur of the Year, a BALLE fellow, small business advocate and influential convener. While completing an international fellowship awarded by the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), Williams successfully launched two small business advocacy organizations; Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance (Forward Ever) and New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Forward Ever, the first urban affiliate network of BALLE, advocates for locally owned small businesses in Newark, NJ and educates the public about the power of buying local. The New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey Affiliate of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, provides small businesses access to LGBT certification and corporate procurement opportunities, networking connections, and capacity building.

Public Speaking

  • “Community Revitalization through Local Entrepreneurship”
  • “Making the Case for Local Living Economies: Communicating Complexity to Get Beyond the Choir”
  • “How to Build a Powerful Community Business Network” “Demystifying the RFP Process”
  • “Sustainability and Entrepreneurship”

Published Work

  • Manufacturing Taste: Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District’s vision for localizing Newark’s food system through culinary place-making. Commissioned by US Economic Development Administration, 2015

Honors & Awards


Business Appreciation Award, Newark LGBT Pride.


New Jersey Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Rutgers Business School CUEED.


Small Business Owner of the Year, New Jersey Small Business Development Centers.


  • Feature article “World Economic Forum Hub for Young Leaders in Newark” in The Star

  • Ledger Feature article “Diverse Thinker” in The Star Ledger

  • Featured in Black Enterprise Magazine as a “Green Pioneer”

  • Feature articles Go! NYC Magazine “100 Women We Love” and “Workin It”

Upcoming Events


Rutgers Business School, CUEED One Washington Park Newark, NJ 07102