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Kim HendersonKim Henderson, EMBA '12

When you ask Kim Henderson her secret to success she will tell you, "It's all about building relationships and treating everyone you meet with respect." She demonstrated her advice when she emerged on the Charlotte business scene 10 years ago, landing a job she found through a neighbor. She moved up the ladder at Novant Health, beginning as a special events coordinator. Four promotions later, she was senior director of corporate relations. "My first office was next to the morgue; when I left, my office was next to the CEO," Kim says.

One of her greatest accomplishments during her tenure with Novant Health-a not-for-profit network of hospitals and medical services in Virginia, Georgia and the Carolinas-was managing its relationship with the Charlotte Bobcats. She spent eight years building the partnership and negotiating with the Bobcats leadership team, including Michael Jordan. It was this relationship that landed her a role as vice president of community affairs for the Charlotte Bobcats and executive director of the Cats Care Foundation.

Kim is thrilled with her new career endeavor with the Bobcats. She believe in the vision and leadership of the organization. Her position is one of 30 in the country. The Cats Care Foundation directly impacts its Charlotte neighbors. For example, during the Thanksgiving holiday, team members participated in Put the Full Court Press on Hunger. During nine events in 10 days, the rallied to feed the hungry by collecting canned food and giving out 200 turkeys.

Kim herself believes in community involvement and has given her time and talent to the United Way, the Arts & Science Council and Woman Executives. Husband Patrick McLoughlin helps her keep family first in the midst of a busy schedule, especially regarding their daughter, Evelyn. "Without the partnership Patrick and I have at home, I would not have been able to take on new career roles and academic challenges," she says. Kim graduated from the EMBA program in May and was a recipient of the Woman in Business scholarship.

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