About Kakie


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An outcomes-focused executive with a track record of 10+ years working on large transformation initiatives across organizations and work streams in Fortune 500 environments. Collaborative program leader who uses solid methodology tools, with an adaptable mindset to ensure the appropriate level of structure. Trusted advisor & sought out influencer, known to think strategically, act wisely and drive innovation, using a “roll-up-the-sleeves” approach, solving problems and influencing with sound judgment and strong relationship building skills that inspire partnership and driving successful results while encouraging commitment to being the best

Prosci-Certified-Change-Practitioner PMI Certified Project Manager copy

Prosci® Certified Change Management Practitioner and PMI Certified in Project Management                                 

KNOWN FOR THREE THINGS (Based on surveys conducted with over 50 people she respects.)

STRATEGIC THINKER, CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVER Big picture thinker with a talent for providing valuable insight to leverage curiosity, creative problem solving to innovate, strategize, collaborate, adapt, and communicate solutions that unify people, ideas and processes. Inquisitive leader who values diversity in thought because it seeks to understand different angles, unifying people, ideas and processes.

SERVANT LEADER, TRUSTED ADVISOR, SOUGHT OUT INFLUENCER Believes trust is the cornerstone for building authentic connections where people feel seen and heard. Developing strong relationships through engaging others, finding out what is important to them while modeling an environment of commitment and care results in a cohesive team environment, increased productivity and smooth program implementation.

An outcomes thinking leader who will maintain focus and take personal accountability for achieving individual and shared goals. Maintains focus while striving to ensure teams are inspired and aligned with a common purpose results. Continually develops interpersonal skills and confidently shares knowledge, power and credit, leveraging information and knowledge sharing to make better decisions. Known for removing roadblocks, creating cultures dedicated to continuous improvement and driving results by understanding what is important to each person, team building, and individual growth.


Published academic paper; “Best Buy Management Analysis” ” (Top 3%) [1] winning over 63,000 hits
Capstone – Executive Change Management. Helped a charter school understand strategic issues about resistance management, growth, re-branding, new leadership, and a move.
Studied the Dodd-Frank Act (accounting principles, GAAP) in an Executive Board Governance Class and study of Global Systems

Ethiopia: Conducted Sub-Saharan Market research to successfully commission a water bottling plant in Ethiopia
Singapore: Met with the US Embassy’s Defense Attaché to learn about the unilateral military agreement between the United States and Singapore.        Singapore:  Met with Immigrations Custom Enforcement (ICE) to learn about the formation of the Department of Homeland Security.          Singapore: Met with the Deputy Chief of Singapore & toured the U.S. embassy and to learn about working as an Ex-pat                              Singapore: Met w the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat & Director of APEC’s Policy Support Unit to learn about the global economic importance of SouthEast Asia to the world                                Malaysia: Toured the Islamic Institute of Finance in Kuala Lumpur     China: Worked with manufacturers in China during product development for dolls, puzzles and games as a founding partner for a children’s product and publishing company

Project Management Institute, Minnesota Change Management Network
Curtain Call Ball Committee Member, Children’s Theater Company; Minneapolis, MN 2016-2018
Fundraisers, Islander Foundation, DeLaSalle High School Fundraising, Minneapolis, MN 2015-2019
Marketing & Social Media Chair, Cleantech Open; Minneapolis, MN 10/2009 – 10/2010                                                                                    


  • 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

SPECIALTIES: Strategy development, program development, and implementation, competitive analysis, change management, executive presentations, leadership development, coaching, mentoring, marketing strategy and execution, marketing financial reporting, annual business planning, client service model, CRM, digital footprint planning, project management (program level), communications planning, stakeholder engagement, new product implementation, cross-functional program leadership, new technology implementation, design thinking, situation assessments, business process, continuous improvement, Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)

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Strengthsfinder Profile: Are We Leading From Our Strengths?

I have read “Now Discover Your Strengths” by Markus Buckingham and Strengthsfinder 2.0 Reframing Leading from Strengthsfound 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:

Katherine Kakie Fitzsimmons Signature Strengths

Click here to see The  34 StrengthFinder glossary themes

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A Personal 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!

Kakie Fitzsimmons Areas of ExpertiseMy 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 a 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