Kim Kucinskas joined InsideNGO in March 2011 and today serves as program manager. Her role focuses on the facilitation of learning through thoughtful and practical course design and quality materials development. Kim works with practitioner and consultant trainers to develop and deliver curriculum and facilitates workshops including PMD Pro 1: The Essentials of Project Management, Training of Trainers, and Management Skills for New Managers. Kim is also responsible for the planning and execution of the Annual Conference, InsideNGO’s largest learning event of the year that brings together over 1,200 international development professionals. Kim first recognized the importance of strong operations and a personal propensity for working with people to improve project management during her work with Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) in Namibia. Her role, which originally included project monitoring and training development, soon expanded to include team management, database improvement, and training design and delivery. Kim received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from American University and later earned a Master of Science in international relations from University College Dublin. Kim is currently PMD Pro 1 and 2 certified.
Q + A
Favorite place I’ve lived: Coogee Beach, Australia. Favorite vacation: self-drive safari in Etosha National Park, Namibia. Favorite spot: Ballycotton cliff walk in Cork, Ireland. Next adventure: Peru or Vietnam.
My ideal weekend would include four components:
- An adventure that includes my son and dog.
- Leisurely food and drink with friends.
- Some combination of sleep / tv binge-watching / more sleep.
- Brunch (see # 2). I live in DC after all.
It sounds cliché, but I would tell myself that it is okay to fail. I used to be so afraid of trying new things because of how I would be judged if I failed at them. I now know that a) it is the trying, not the succeeding, that is most often what you are grateful for at the end of the day, and b) for the most part no one is watching you as closely as you think! The older I get, the less I take things seriously, and I am grateful for that.
Does a cheese platter count as dessert?