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Kim Sawyer

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Academic Division: Management

Bio

Kim Sawyer founded organizations in the financial services and nonprofit sectors in the U.S. and Europe. Kim created and served as CEO and General Counsel of The locator Services Group Ltd. (TLSG), a fintech services company. TLSG recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in unclaimed funds for its Fortune 500 companies. Twice, Fortune identified TLSG as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Urban Businesses in America and was named Women's Business Enterprise of the Year by the Center for Women and Enterprise. Kim sold TLSG to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Prior to founding TLSG, Kim was a practicing attorney in both the public and private sector.

For three years, while CEO of TLSG, Kim lived between Boston and Lisbon. In Portugal, Kim founded and served as Executive Director of Connect to Success (C2S), a not-for-profit, providing Portuguese women entrepreneurs with the tools to succeed through mentorships, networking, and training programs. After three and a half years, C2S had serviced more than 1,000 women. C2S was recognized by the European Diversity Awards as the Supplier Diversity Inclusion Program of the Year. Kim was asked to develop a similar program in West Africa.

Kim was a non-executive board member of Ethic Wealth Bank, a recapitalized nationally chartered bank. She served as the Chairperson of the Marketing and Branding Committee and was a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee and Compliance, Audit and Risk Management Committee. Kim's work at Ethic included equity and debt financing, restructuring, evaluating acquisitions, and a CEO change. Kim is also committed to community service and sits on the board of a national not-for-profit, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, which focuses on under-resourced economies and the SMEs that thrive there, where she serves on the Finance Committee and the Compensation Committee.


Academic Degrees

  • JD, Boston University
  • BA, Clark University

Awards & Honors

  • 2017 — Honorary Member, Phi Lambda Beta, Phi Lambda Beta
  • 2016 — SmartCEO, Boston Brava Award, Version2.0 Communications
  • 2015 — Special Recognition Award for contributions to developing women entrepreneurs, Trade Association of the European Business Angels
  • 2015 — The Silver Stevie Award for Women in Business, "Women Helping Women-Government or Nonprofit" Category, Stevie Awards
  • 2014 — Enterprising Woman of the Year, Enterprising Women Magazine
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Presentations

  • Celebrating Women in Business Sawyer, K. CWE's Annual Women Business Leaders' Conference , Boston (2020)
  • Paying it Forward Sawyer, K. Pedro Pires Institute of Cape Verdean Studies, Summer Leadership Program, Bridgewater (2019)
  • American Tourism in the Azores Sawyer, K. Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Azores, Azores (2018)
  • Women in Science and Engineering Sawyer, K. Tecnico University, Portugal (2017)
  • Building Diplomatic Bridges Sawyer, K. TEDx Talk, Brazil (2017)
  • To Claim or Not to Claim Sawyer, K. Unclaimed Property Professionals' Organization, Unclaimed Property Professionals' Organization (2016)
  • Women and Entrepreneurship in the US Sawyer, K. Women and Entrepreneurship in the US Stepping UP event, Portugal (2016)
  • The Women Effect-Rising Tide-Gender Lens Sawyer, K. European Trade Association for Business Angels, Europe (2015)
  • Turning Obstacles into Opportunities Sawyer, K. Rhode Island College's Institute, Portuguese and Lusophone Studies, Portugal (2015)
  • Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Sawyer, K. Stanton Chase Portugal, Portugal (2015)
  • Women and Entrepreneurship in the U.S. Sawyer, K. American Chamber of Commerce, Portugal (2014)
  • When Women Thrive Sawyer, K. Mercer Conference, Portugal (2014)
  • Asset Recovery Case Studies Sawyer, K. Unclaimed Property Professionals' Organization Annual Conference, Unclaimed Property Professionals' Organization Annual Conference (2010)
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