What is your name and how do you shine your light (entrepreneur, student, community leader, strong family, etc.)? *
KIMBERLY DILOSA (mommy, wife, business owner & community leader)
Why do you believe you are Bright Flavor(Bright flavor being the light of the world, salt of the earth) *
There's ONLY one Kim Byas-Dilosa. This is the fact that I operate out of daily. I'm a next level, out of the box thinker! Everything is impossible until you make it possible :)
How do you pass or have passed the salt in your daily life in your community? *
I'm a community organizer at heart with a concentration on youth; nurturing the next generation of my community is my way of insuring my community will be great when I'm gone.
How do you pass or have passed the salt in your daily life in your worldwide? *
I'm a Kellogg Foundation community leadership fellow so everything I do locally is automatically put on an international community platform. I was one of 24 local leaders selected out of 3000 so I don't take this responsibility lightly!
Who or what was most influential in helping you become Bright Flavor and why? *
The elders say I'm the trilogy: a combination of 3 legendary lady community organizers; Dr. Clara T. Byes (who I started under in junior high school and continue to be developed by to this day), the late Dolores "Mama D" T. Aaron, and the late Dyan "Momma Dee" French-Cole. I can see that. How fortunate am I to have trained under legends! My mom and grandmothers laid the foundation though :)
What was your turning point in knowing it was ok for you to shine and pass the salt to others while doing so? *
My degree is in architecture. After college, I returned home working as an architect and volunteering with kids on the weekends. On the weekends is where I identified my passion and purpose. Did I take a pay cut...YESSSSSSS....but I realized where my peace and purpose was. I must say, my gift has made room for me and my family has never gone without.
What are some challenges you encounter while letting your light shine? *
It used to be the naysayers, the non believers...but I'm 20+ years in....I believe everyone knows the Kim Dilosa way by now. Get on board or get rolled over...but she's moving! With or without you.....she's moving! LOL.
How do you plan to continue passing the salt and lighting the world in the future? *
My work is youth based. Giving the kids a voice is my way of insuring the future of our world is secure.
Where can you be contacted? *