Welcome to the 2023 APRIL CONFERENCE 

Recognizing Differences to Make a Good Team

Kim Gibson


Session Overview:

Everyone wants to be happier and more productive but pushing ourselves only works for so long. Eventually it backfires, leaving us feeling worse than before. In this workshop, participants learn the fundamentals for building a more positive brain, identify their most problematic sabotage patterns, and practice some simple exercises that they can use for a lifetime to increase their happiness and fulfillment, and help others do so well. The activities build on different personalities at work, team building activities, and understanding how interactions impact the team as a whole. This workshop is a shortened version of the complete teambuilding workshop.


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About Your Presenter:

Kim Gibson (she/her)

Kim Gibson grew up in Idaho and moved to Wyoming to go to college. She moved to Pennsylvania in 2011 and Texas in 2013. In August 2013, Kim accepted the position as Executive Director of disABILITY LINK and moved to Georgia. Before coming to disABILITY LINK, Kim was the Executive Director at two other Centers for Independent Living. She gained knowledge that she brought with her to expand programs here, focusing on diversity and inclusion.

Kim has one son, Dustin, and his fiancé, Pushee, whom she adores. Kim has a new service animal, Chipper, after the passing of her 12+ years with Charlie, whom she loved and was grateful for the years of service to her. She has a Doctorate in Social Work. Kim has worked with individuals with disabilities since 1988. She also has personal experience with disabilities.

Kim believes in being involved in her community through boards, community involvement, providing educational opportunities to others, and advocacy. She serves on several local, regional, and national boards and committees throughout the state. Currently, she serves as the president of APRIL (Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living).

Through APRIL’s peer-to-peer mentorship program, Kim is a peer mentor for other CILS (Centers for Independent Living). Kim has served in the past as the vice-chair of the Southeastern Center Directors Association, board member of NCIL (National Council of Independent Living), SILC of GA, and a variety of NCIL subcommittees. She currently serves on several local boards and has, in the past, served on various advisory boards in Wyoming appointed by the Governor and boards in Pennsylvania. Kim has volunteered in several community events focusing on suicide prevention, women’s rights, disability rights, and civil rights. She is a field instructor for individuals with and without disabilities pursuing their social work, educational, and occupational degrees. She dedicates her time to others’ learning.

She has received many nominations and awards for her work with people with disabilities. She is the proudest of the 2014 National Council of Independent Living (NCIL) “Women’s Caucus Hall of Fame Award,” which she received because of the mentorship she has provided to other women in the world of disabilities.

She is active in the community, creating inclusive spaces, working with marginalized groups, and learning new things along the way.

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