Meet Kathy Rogers.
Kathy Rogers is a business owner with over 35 years experience as an executive in the Staffing and Search Industry. She has provided staffing and consulting to businesses and non-profit organizations in the areas of leadership, operations, sales and marketing, accounting and finance, engineering, administration, and manufacturing.
After Kathy graduated from Ball State University in 1982, she became part of the third generation in her family business, Time Services. In 1991, Kathy was promoted to President of Time Services. During her tenure at Time, she grew its operations to 18 offices in three states. Kathy was responsible for the vision and helped create and implement a strategic plan that grew the company over 159%.
In 2009, Kathy started KB Search Team and currently has a team of experienced and dedicated professional recruiters with over 145 years combined recruiting experience serving clients in over 30 states across the country. KB Search Team is dedicated to bringing together top talent and client companies.
Kathy was elected in 1997 to serve on the National Association of Staffing Board of Directors and was elected in 2002 to serve as their Chairman. During her tenure as Chairman, Kathy traveled throughout the United States speaking to state chapters and led a team to merge the National Technical Association into one organization, which is known today as the American Staffing Association, ASA.
In addition to her responsibilities, Kathy has been very active in the community. She was past Chair of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce and the Ronald McDonald House of Northeast Indiana. She currently serves on the boards of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, Junior Achievement, Youth for Christ Northern Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne, and WBCL.
On a personal note, Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband and adult children. She loves the outdoors and can often be found on the lake or on the ski slopes.
YWCA Asks: What does an “empowering woman” mean to you?
Kathy: I believe in empowering women and have had many opportunities to empower women as a result of my career in recruiting. Empowering women to me is listening, asking probing questions, giving honest feedback, and encouraging women to take action, and to realize their full potential and dream. I believe it is also helpful for women to have a coach or friend to hold them accountable in fulfilling their goals. Empowering women leads to a stronger and more confident woman. It is so rewarding to see women realize their talents and gifts and then see the results when they put them into action! They become Rock Stars!!!
YWCA Asks: In what ways do you feel that you empower other women?
Kathy: I have had the opportunity throughout my career as a lifetime professional recruiter to work with women who are making changes in their careers and lives. It is most rewarding. In addition, I have served on many regional and national boards that have provided mentoring and empowering opportunities.
I am so blessed and fortunate to belong to a professional women’s group, the Women Business Forum, where we encourage, share, and educate each other to be our best. I love the friendships, the trust, and the relationships that have been built by being transparent and vulnerable with each other. Being part of WBF has given me the confidence and opportunity to grow professionally, personally, and in realizing my potential. We provide each other encouragement, empowerment, and accountability.
YWCA Asks: Please share an experience or tidbit of knowledge that would help other women. This could be a lesson learned, or motivational story, or information that you would like to share to help educate others.
Kathy: My advice for women would be to surround yourself with positive people that can speak truth and want nothing but the best for you. I have been blessed with three girlfriends that have done life with me for over 35 years—the good, the bad, and the fabulous! We trust, encourage, and hold each other accountable.
Over the years, I have learned to be selective with whom I chose to spend my time with. I want to invest in people and give my best to them, and I want that in return. I would also suggest to keep learning and to not be afraid to be vulnerable and take risks, as those are the times we stretch and grow. Don’t be afraid to fail; we can learn through lessons of failure too. Life has endless opportunities, seek out women who can invest in you, believe in you, and empower you to be your best!!!