KENNETT SQUARE — Kim Engstrom, a partner in the borough firm Renewal Sustainable Environments, will be honored as the Female Business Leader of The Year by the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry at its Women-in-Business Dinner, April 18.
Renewal is a women-owned business specializing in creating healthy environments. The company is dedicated to being the most comprehensive source for sustainable products, materials and design. Engstrom is being honored, in part, for her professional and personal mission is to help those in need and is involved in various organizations throughout Chester County.
The dinner takes place at the Concord Country Club, Wilmington Pike, West Chester and runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The evening’s keynote speaker is Abha Kumar, a principal in Vanguard Information Technology Department, where she is responsible for the leadership, vision, and operational support of the global strategic portfolio of corporate technology solutions, international business systems, and the Enterprise 2.0 agenda. native of India, Mrs. Kumar earned a bachelor’s degree from Birla Institute of Technology in Pilani, India, and a master’s degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India. Her story of hard work and success is sure to be inspiring to both men and women.
Engstrom is a partner at Renewal, a women-owned business specializing in creating healthy environments. Renewal Sustainable Environments, she said, is dedicated to being the most comprehensive source for sustainable products, materials and design. Clients include architects and designers, builders and developers, and facilities management groups.
She describes the company’s mission as “to serve those in need in regard to food and shelter — nationally and internationally — as well as the communities in their own back yard.”
Currently, they help support the Chester County Food Bank, Kennett Clothing Closet, and other local charities.
She makes it clear that she believes you can’t have a company mission of giving back without a personal belief as well. Her involvement in organizations that promote women business leaders include the New Choices Program at Delaware County Community College, a grant-funded program for women in transition; where she empowered clients to achieve economic security and self-sufficiency. She also developed a Counseling Curriculum for GED Students to assist learners in developing life and job readiness skills. Kim serves as a volunteer and mentor to the Girl Scouts of America, The Garage Youth Center, and the YMCA.
Engstrom’s counseling background transitions perfectly to her philosophy for growing her business. Her prime role as Vice President of Business Development is to prospect potential clients that will be a fit for Renewal’s collective vision. An important and necessary part of her job includes educating prospective clients on the overall benefits of using sustainable materials.
She credits the Chamber as being her central support as a small business. Their role of providing effective connections, advocacy and community investment is in direct alignment with her daily endeavors. She is a member of Emerging Leaders and the Enroll CCCBI Advisory Committee. Her philosophy is simply to try and lead by example and with integrity, and in the process succeed yourself.
A graduate of West Virginia University and West Chester University, Engstrom lives in Glen Mills with her two daughters.