Are You Ready to Lead Your Organization Through a Change?
Known as Kiss with a Fist, Kia Jarmon is an entrepreneur that intersects between communication, culture, crisis, and community, most specifically through her leadership with MEPR Agency - a boutique PR and community engagement agency that she founded in 2006. She has developed a reputation for delivering the hard, many times uncomfortable, truths about effectively leading an organization through sustainable growth.
As a professional solutionist, Jarmon’s work is to develop strategic initiatives that encourage high impact, mission-driven organizations and its leadership to develop, grow, and build capacity which leads to stronger, more effective communication and cultural intelligence.
If you’re an established leader, Kia can provide:
interim operational management.
inclusive communications strategy.
culture development and shifting.
community engagement and resilience planning and implementation.
business interruption planning or crisis management.
Consulting | Implementation | Custom Training | White-Label Curriculum
At the center of Kia’s work is people and how they are impacted by a system process, message, program, or policy. She’s worked alongside thousands of people on community driven design processes that turn into long-range plans and developments.
From a local art commission looking to build a public art community investment plan, to a transit referendum, to a nonprofit developer finalizing a re-zoning package for a new affordable housing development, to a government housing authority looking to envision a mixed-use community Kia brings innovation, psychology, and entrepreneurial thinking along with a proven methodology to each engagement. Her philosophy is “community engagement builds community trust which leads to community resilience.”
“Business therapist! That’s what I’d call you,” shared a longtime client who’d always been challenged by the limits the public relations title put on Kia’s actual impact.
Kia is a professional problem solver that gets to the root of challenges - whether present or anticipated for the future. Along with her clients, she focuses on process and people improvement that increases company culture, internal and external communication, and strategic longterm growth. It is this practice that has afforded her the opportunity to work with nonprofit and for-profit organizations to build and grow a resilient organization.
Engaging, disruptive, and hands-on, are all words used to describe Kia’s delivery. From a keynote presentation to a workshop, panel moderator to an ignite talk, Jarmon brings a candidly caring wit to each audience - from school age to the C-Suite.
In addition she develops custom, tangible content such as a workbook or worksheet to strongly encourage participants to take immediate action.
“I’m here to facilitate the many, and sometimes conflicting, thoughts in your head,” Kia shares as she begins a session with an individual or small group. Facilitation takes a special skill that encompasses equal parts listening and interpreting. Kia uses her background as a communicator and crisis manager coupled with knowledge of human behavior to work in collaboration with groups looking to facilitate major changes without overwhelming disruption within their organization.