Growing up, Kimberly Klacik remembers feelings of insecurity that once held her back from her dreams. Today, the beautiful wife, stepmother, and philanthropist has started a successful charity to instill confidence in other young women. Through Potential Me, young women volunteer in their community and utilize their creative writing abilities to earn a special garment, such as a dress for prom or a suit for an interview. As Klacik helps others realize their dreams, she is fulfilling hers as Mrs. Baltimore 2014 and will be competing for Miss Maryland in May.
Name: Kimberly Klacik
Twitter Handle: @PotentialMeNonp
Facebook Page: Potential Me
What are three words that best describe you? Humanitarian, Type A, Honest
Could you describe your business? Using eBay, I auction donated items to be able to purchase special and professional occasion garments for women unable to do so independently.
What is your role, where are you based and what do you inspires you most about your work? I am the founder and sole proprietor of Potential Me, based in Baltimore, MD. Daily I am inspired by women unaware of their potential.
Was there anything in your past that pointed you in the direction you’ve taken? As a teenager I suffered with low self-esteem due to a condition immobilizing me for 10 years. I was unable to see a future for myself.
What experience in your career are you most proud of? The fact that I took action and continue to stay true to my mission with a selfless attitude. I love bringing the idea of hope to someone else.
What advice would you share with those still in school? Never give up, no matter how many people might not agree with your vision. I believe it is best to go for the goal and not the gold.
Why is giving back is important to you? I would like for everyone to have an equal opportunity to become successful.
How has giving back helped you? I now take less for granted, and have a great appreciation for my up bringing.
How do you incorporate giving back into your life? Fortunately, Potential Me is my life, and it feels great to give back daily.
When it comes to your own philanthropic efforts, what do you look back and feel made the largest impact on those that you set out to help? Helping graduating seniors enjoy their prom to the fullest is always a great feeling. Their hard work should be rewarded.
What is the most creative fundraising idea you’ve come across? I loved when Playworks Maryland did the Vegas Night theme. Gambling for charity, I stayed all night!
What are some must-attend charity events for you? A little bias, everything in Baltimore. Our community has a long way to go, and we have got to turn this area around.
What is your favorite beauty product? My MAC foundation works wonders in photos
How would you describe your home décor? I am currently doing black and white striped accent walls in a few rooms. Modern.
What is your secret for hosting a great party? Small finger food items, people love to munch. In their minds, it is fewer calories.
Favorite food: Anything on the menu at Dalesio’s of Little Italy. Love the mussels and stuffed flounder.
Favorite cocktail: I have bottles of Killka Malbec at home. Anything red from Argentina works for me.
Favorite restaurant: Dalesio’s of Little Italy in Baltimore, MD
If you could have a dinner party for 8, who would you invite living or dead? Barack & Michelle Obama, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Oprah, and my parents.
Favorite vacation spot: Nashville, TN
Do you have any tips for parents? Your children may not know you love them until you tell them
Favorite TV show: On the Case with Paula Zahn, Investigation Discovery
Favorite movie: Clueless
Favorite song: “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean
Favorite book: Nothing will top Blubber by Judy Blume. In my opinion, it should not be banned – bullying is real.
Favorite apps: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, eBay, and Curfew
iPhone or Android: iPhone
Favorite workout: I do not enjoy running, but it burns the most calories for me.
Where do you get your news? This may sound funny, but Twitter.