about

CNBC calls her “The Recruiter”
BusinessWeek named her one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters”
Newsweek appointed her to its Women & Leadership Advisory Board


Kimberly Bishop is an accomplished C-suite executive and expert business advisor with over 25 years of business leadership experience. Kim has worked with companies ranging from start-ups to large multinational corporations. Clients say her down-to-earth manner, reputation for identifying star talent and proven track record make her their go-to advisor for board director recruiting, key executive hiring projects, and strategic talent planning.

Kim’s edge: she has been on both sides of the recruiting process as a hiring executive and a search firm executive. She is Chairman Advisory Board and Managing Partner of August Leadership, a global executive search firm. Before entering the search industry, Kim was Executive Vice President at First Data Corporation, rising through the ranks from an entry-level call center position to become the youngest person to serve on the company’s Leadership Team overseeing its $2 billion card division and 8,000 employees. Her career transition to search began as Managing Director with Korn/Ferry International followed by Vice Chair of a national executive search firm. In 2009 she founded her own executive search firm, and in 2018 joined August Leadership (formerly Ward Howell USA).


Kim is a Board Director of Shawmut Design and Construction, a $1.5b national construction management firm, where she is a member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.  She is also a Board Director of Starlite Building Services, and a member of the Board of Advisors of Hitch Works, Inc, a cloud-based SaaS talent mobility platform. She is a former director of several boards including Judlau Contracting, Inc., a large New York based heavy construction firm, Wells Fargo Merchant Services, the FDNY Foundation, Bellevue University and the Harvard Kennedy School's Womens Leadership Board.

A sought-after speaker, Kim has lectured at Harvard, Columbia and Barnard College and has addressed The Conference Board, Young President’s Organization (YPO), Kennedy Information Conference, Women for Hire and Women’s President Organization (WPO). 


Kim is a media source on leadership, diversity, and talent trends. She has appeared on CNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, NPR, Fox Business, WNBC, Lifetime Television, and NY1 News. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Post, Crains, Money, Fast Company, ForbesWoman, Hunt Scanlon, and MSNBC.com.


Kim has received the Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction Award and was a recipient of the New York Women’s Agenda STAR Award for her contributions to women and children. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum and C200, an invitation-only membership organization including more than 500 of the world's most successful female corporate executives and entrepreneurs.  Kim is a member of the NACD (National Assoication of Corporate Directors).


She received a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communications and a Master of Arts in Leadership, both from Bellevue University.