Women to Watch Update: KD Hall

From behind the scenes to center stage, she’s lifting others as she climbs.

Communicator, storyteller, marketer, foundation co-founder, University of Washington instructor, and mother, KD Hall’s get-it-done attitude made her one of our Women to Watch in 2019 for our sister publication South Sound. When we first met Hall, she was building a thriving communications firm, growing her foundation, and starting as a freshman instructor at the University of Washington.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Like everyone, Hall was forced to adapt in the moment. As a Black woman in a time when social justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) were thrust into the forefront of our national consciousness, Hall worked with organizations in the background, helping them manage change and move forward in a way that met the moment.

In a year of crisis, Hall kept creating with a focus to elevate the next generation of multicultural women leaders.

“I believe my purpose on this Earth is to bring people together,” Hall said. “If we can show children that people of all genders, backgrounds, and sexual orientations can be leaders, we can make the world a more inclusive place.”

Hall created a few film projects last year while working with some of Washington’s top leaders, like Lisa Chin, the CEO and president of the nonprofit Treehouse, and several college presidents. She also provided public relations services to legendary Sonics player and Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis founder Shawn Kemp and current and former politicians.

Hall worked on an animated short documentary about the contributions of Black women in the arts that was written and co-produced by student curators in the Northwest African American Museum’s Youth Curator Program. She also created the film A Time For Vigilance, which focused on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic with extra attention on sickle cell anemia and racial injustice. It is a prescient examination of a turbulent year in the United States.

The film was supported by the foundation’s College Ambassador Program, which is currently recruiting a new cohort of students.

All contributions to Hall’s foundation provide a direct benefit that facilitates leadership opportunities for women and girls from high school through college.

Follow along as Hall works to bring her foundation and business front and center to help cultivate a more inclusive and diverse generation of leaders.

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