Kakie Fitzsimmons is an accomplished Prosci® Certified Change Management Practitioner and PMI Certified Project manager with experience directing large cross-functional change and workstreams in highly matrix organizations. She uses solid methodology, tools experience along with a flexible approach to ensure the appropriate level of structure. She has a rich history working across Banking, Financial Services, Healthcare, Publishing, and Supply-chain in Fortune 500 environments. Kakie is a Respected advisor & sought out influencer, known for building collaborative relationships, providing refreshing perspectives and driving successful outcomes.

Prosci-Certified-Change-Practitioner PMI Certified Project Manager copy  A personal note from Kakie

Kakie is an executive MBA Graduate from The Opus College of Business at The University of St. Thomas, (a top 25% tier institution), with a BA in business management and communications, also from St. Thomas. Kakie has also done speaking engagement about topics that include leadership, business planning, personal branding in a changing global world, social media, publishing and more.

From 2005-December of 2012, Kakie was Vice President and Founding Partner of a children’s publishing and product company, Farmer’s Hat Productions. Together with her friend and business partner, she co-created Bur Bur and Friends, a cast of diverse characters who teach kids about sports and outdoors. She is a recipient of the following awards:

  • Semi-Finalist – Minnesota Cup
  • Teachers Choice Awards
  • Disney iParenting Media Award
  • Mom’s Choice Awards
  • Nickelodeon Parent Picks, Best Local Blog Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • Website Semi-Finalist- AdFedMN “The Show”


Clean Tech Open – A national small business incubator and competition for clean and green technology companies in the United States

  • 2010-2011 Marketing and Social Media Co-Chair

American Express

  • 2002-2006 Co-Chair, Women’s Interest Network Committee
  • 2001-2002 Spanish Interest Network Volunteer Chair and Steering Committee
  • 2001-2002 Community Partners Council Member – Philanthropic Committee
Minnesota Change Management Network (MNCMN) – Member
Project Management Institute – Member
Execunet Minnesota
Social Media Breakfast Minneapolis, St. Paul Participant
  • 2015-Present DeLaSalle High School
  • 2012-2014 Children’s Tumor Foundation, Neurofibromatosis, Inc. Midwest
  • 2007-2010 Boy Scouts of America
  • 2000-2012 Board Advisor – La Oportunidad
  • 1997-2000 Treasurer and Board Member – La Oportunidad
  • Other volunteer work: Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, Dorothy Day Center, Feed My Starving Children, Catechist, St. John Neumann Catholic Church

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION: Award winning author, blogger, writer. Recipient of multiple awards and recognition including:

  • Teachers Choice Award
  • Disney iParenting Media Awards
  • Mom’s Choice Awards
  • Nickelodeon Parent Picks, Best Local Blog Minneapolis
  • Semi-Finalist in 2007 Minnesota Cup
  • Website Semi-Finalist Advertising Federation of MN competition called “The Show”


  • Mall of America
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum
  • Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference
  • The University of St. Thomas
  • Book reading & signings: Mall of America National Product Launch, Hennepin County Library, Children’s Museum of Minnesota, St. David’s Center, Minnesota Saints Baseball Game,
  • The Bookcase of Wayzata, The Red Balloon Bookshop, Toddler Tuesdays
  • Recruited by the United States Senate to testify at a U.S. Senate Senate Field Hearing Affordable Housing Summit as an advocate


  1. Learner
  2. Activator
  3. Focus
  4. Command
  5. Input

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Strengthsfinder Profile: Are We Leading From Our Strengths?

I have read “Now Discover Your Strengths” by Markus Buckingham and found it compelling. In the book, Buckingham argues that we spend too much time in corporate America trying to improve on our “weaknesses” or, as others might say, “opportunities”.  His theory is that if we know our strengths and build on them to be even better, we will be more successful. I agree.

Authors and researchers at the Gallup Organization analyzed the results of interviews conducted by Gallup of over 1.7 million employees from 101 companies and representing 63 countries. When asked, only 20 percent of these employees stated that they were using their strengths every day.  Readers of this book are given access to a Strength Finder Profile so they can learn the areas where they shine. Below were the results from mine:

1. LEARNER – People strong in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

2. FOCUS– People strong in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.

3. ACTIVATOR – People strong in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They can be impatient.

4. COMMAND– People strong in the Command theme have a presence. They can take control of a situation and make decisions.

5. INPUT – People strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.

Click here to see The  34 StrengthFinder glossary themes

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More about Kakie Fitzsimmons

A Note From Kakie

Thanks for stopping by. In case you were wondering, my name, “Kakie“, is pronounced like the color khaki. Writing is a creative outlet for me and I founded this blog as a tool to do something worthwhile. My goal is to take my passion for learning combined with some of the authenticity that is me, to create connections by sharing knowledge.

Kakie Fitzsimmons Leadership Executive Everyone has a story to tell and when we give, we get. Using our common experiences to collaborate can result in the power to heal, teach and connect.

As I work with dynamic people and organizations trying to figure out how to adapt to, and approach this new world, it thrills me each time we teach one another. So let’s get started and begin conversations about possibilities that help us be even better!

My professional journey has weaved in and out of Fortune 500 corporate environments, through roles that bestowed titles such as; Award Winning Entrepreneur, Author and Blogger. My skills have included that of a marketer, trainer, social media speaker and consultant, leadership development mentor, sales coach, PMI (Project Management Institute) certified project manager and a non traditional learner.

Imagine a world where we all become the great leaders we aspire to be. It can be done!

New doors are opening every day and I am optimistic about our future. It is my belief that successful people want to help each other and my desire is to have discussion about things that are meaningful to you. Please don’t keep me a secret, I would love to connect with others you think I should meet. Thank you for joining the conversation!

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Innovation: Concept to Creation to Launch

The portfolio below is one of many examples that demonstrate how Kakie has used her innovation and creativity as Vice President and Founding Partner at Farmer’s Hat Productions, a children’s product and publishing company. Along with a team of great people, Kakie co-created and launched award-winning children’s books and product extensions.  Comments? Feel free to leave them below. You may also access a portfolio of examples in a photo album located here on Google

The Characters and Logos:

Bur Bur and Friends Characters

The final cast of characters after seven years in production

Farmer's Hat Productions Logo and Tagline

Company logo and tagline


Product and media brand logo and design


Websites evolution and redesign(s)

Awards and honorable mentions

  • Semi-Finalist, Minnesota Cup
  • Nickelodeon Parent’s Picks Award – best local blog Twin Cities
  • Disney iParenting Media Awards
  • Teacher’s Choice Awards
  • Presidential recognition, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama

_________________________________________________________________________________________________Bur Bur and Friends created by Farmers Hat Productions           Bur Bur and Friends Product Extensions by Farmer's Hat Productions


The Books

Bur Bur's Boating ABC's CoverBur Bur's Fishing Adventure Cover

Anna Goes Hiking Cover

Bur Bur Throws Out the First Pitch Cover



Mascots (National Product Launch, Mall of Americal)

National Product Launch, Mall of America

Mascots, Anna and Bur Bur made by Vee Corporation

Bur Bur and Friends Mascots (Vee Corporation)

Mascots Choreographed Dance and activities, Mall of America National Product Launch


Trade-show Collateral


Media Coverage & Spokes Person

ABC Affiliate Boston Market WCVB CityLine 07/01/07

NBC Affiliate Minneapolis Kare-11 Sunrise Announcement of National Product Launch at the Mall of America 07/21/07

CBS Affiliate Minneapolis WCCO Four News Saturday Morning – The back story behind Bur Bur and Friends 07/28/07

Chicago WLS ABC 7 News This Morning 09/10/07