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About the Editor, Kimberly Buchanan

kimberlySOUL News Network is the Rock River Valley’s first online experience targeting the African-American consumer. SOUL serves as the voice for information that advances business professionals and entrepreneurs; and the central resource for news, entertainment and information that positively impacts individuals, families and the community. Look to SOUL for information that helps you reach your full potential, live your purpose and take on each challenge with the power that lies within.

Kimberly S. Buchanan


Kimberly Buchanan is an award-winning professional who has spent her multi-decade career working with regional and multi-billion dollar global brands.

Kimberly began her career in communications as an intern at a Fox News station. Before long, she had transitioned from intern to being in charge of media relations for a global aerospace company to a vice president overseeing a team of individuals at another corporation. During all the transitions, she earned several awards and later taught communications and media relations at the university level which led her to becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Today, Kimberly spends her time as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies who are looking to increase market share and run more efficiently. She works with executives, management and marketing teams to develop efficient plans for launching new products to consumers, new programs to employees, as well as streamlining internal training and communication processes to increase employee engagement and productivity. She’s trusted by some of the best in the business, including Pfizer, Abbvie, Accenture, Daimler Chrysler, US Foods, UTC Aerospace and more.

Kimberly uses her spare time as a speaker, coach and to create time and efficiency breakthroughs for women who are very busy, but still want to enjoy a great life and successful career without losing their minds, putting their families second, or making themselves a last priority. Learn more about The More Life Method at

Kimberly refers to Soul News Network as her Passion Project stating, “I wanted to create something that showcases all the great things going on in the community. I want Soul to be a source for news, resources and information. I also want to celebrate achievements and motivate people to reach goals.”

Recognized as one of the Forty Leaders Under 40, Kimberly has served on several boards, including the Literacy Council, YMCA Black Achievers, Northern Illinois University Alumni, Golden Apple Foundation and  SwedishAmerican Federal Credit Union. A few years back, she started The Foundation for the Advancement of Urban Youth as a way to assist children in need. The Six Sigma Green Belt has been recognized amongst the Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs and in 2009 she was part of America’s first graduating class of the world-renowned Black Belt Communicators Program. Kimberly is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and a founding board member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council of Rock River Valley.

Kimberly earned a master’s degree in communication studies and a bachelor’s degree in organizational and corporate communications from Northern Illinois University. She is also certified as an inbound marketing professional.

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