We recently announced that two of our colleagues were recognized by Consulting Magazine for Excellence in Leadership as part of the 2023 Women Leaders in Technology Awards. This award honors Erin Rushman and Kim Williams-Czopek for demonstrating leadership, bringing value across the business, and making an impact as female leaders.
Perficient is excited to congratulate Erin and Kim on their incredible accomplishments. We had the opportunity to learn more about Kim and the work that has led her to be named one of the Women Leaders in Tech Consulting by Consulting Magazine.
Meet Kim Williams-Czopek, General Manager of Global Commerce Solutions
Over her 25-year career in the technology consulting industry, Kim has worked with and guided some of the biggest organizations in their technology evolutions. The majority of Kim’s career has been in digital strategy with more than 20 years on the consulting side, five years on the technology product design side, and a stint as VP of Digital Commerce on the brand side. Having experienced all three sides of delivery – agency, product, and brand – she brings a unique perspective to her consulting work that is both innovative and pragmatic. She’s a recognized contributor and leader driving growth through delivery innovation, digital product development, and building global, diverse teams.
Kim’s ability to understand customer behavior trends and how technology can support them has resulted in new consulting practice experience design innovations and consulting engagement models. Kim leverages her experience across consulting, product, and brand to develop new market offers, identify methods of delivery excellence, offer DEI thought leadership, and contribute to overall growth for Perficient.
What has been the biggest factor in your success so far?
The biggest factor in my success so far is the support and growth of my network in the technology space. We’re a large yet tight-knit group, and I find that people are always willing to share insights and contagious excitement around the next new framework, process, pattern, and people leadership approach.
Whether big or small, how do you make a difference for our clients, colleagues, communities, or teams?
I make a difference and build credibility for myself, my team, and Perficient by always being open to feedback, honest about the solutions I recommend, and by treating our clients with respect on a human-to-human level.
What do you enjoy most about your career in the consulting industry?
It’s never the same day! There is always something to learn, share, research, or experiment with. Every business has unique challenges and goals. I get to work with practitioners and leaders around the world to get them where they want to go. I’m able to bring experiences from one engagement to the next, making my clients and my overall practice stronger because of it. I also pride myself in building diverse teams that consistently outperform targets because we can openly share our unique perspectives and experiences to deliver real innovation to the market.
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What motivates you in your daily work?
Learning new things every day from my colleagues and clients keeps me motivated. I’m lucky to be surrounded by some of the most passionate, talented, and friendly people in the business.
What is your proudest achievement to date?
It’s wonderful to be recognized as a leader in this space. Not as a woman leader, but as a leader. I’m most proud when I learn that I’ve inspired women in their careers and growth within the industry. We’re challenging the status quo and changing the diversity landscape.
Something else I take pride in is the Perficient podcast I host with my colleague, Jim Hertzfeld. The “What If? So What?” podcast seeks to discover what’s possible with digital technology and how businesses can make those possibilities a reality. Jim and I interview experts and veterans of the digital transformation space to put the hype and big ideas into perspective. I always find these conversations insightful and innovative. We’ve even had Mark Cuban on an episode to discuss why business leaders should be catering their digital experiences to customers across generations, the growing importance of AI, among other topics.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Listen. Before you respond, ask yourself, “Is it true?” “Is it kind?” “Is it necessary?” I don’t always follow my own advice, but when I do, there is always a good outcome.
What advice would you give to women looking to grow their career in the technology consulting industry?
Do not be afraid to ask for what you deserve. It’s also important to recognize that there is still work to be done to make sure women always have a seat at the table.
What does this recognition from Consulting Magazine mean to you?
Being recognized is an honor and provides more organic opportunities to work with and inspire other women who share my excitement and enthusiasm for solving technology problems, breaking down barriers, and making things happen.
What’s something surprising people might not know about you or your background?
If I wasn’t in the technology consulting field, I’d be a fashion designer, an interior decorator, or an organizational psychologist. I still might do all of these things!
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