When you're trying to start or change something in your life, it can be tough to be the first. The loudest. The boldest. The one creating the rules. It doesn't just take guts, knowledge and of caring less what others may think of you, it also takes a deep reserve of personal values; of knowing what you stand for and what you are hoping to change.
Kim Bartmann, the acclaimed restauranteur and entrepreneur of the Bartmann Group that includes nine award-winning restaurants including Barbette, The Bird, Book Club, and Tiny Diner, may sound like she was born to be where she is today.
Yet, Kim didn't go to school for Sustainable Food Entrepreneurship World Domination. Nor did she train as a Top Chef, or get a shiny MBA.
She originally moved to Minneapolis to study to become a lawyer or academic and picked up kitchen work in restaurants to pay tuition. That turned into the idea to open a coffee shop (the legendary Cafe Wyrd) - one that had a "come one, come all" inclusivity, unique art and a real sense of community. What makes Kim different is that she doesn't try to pretend she has it all figured out. As open about her business challenges as her wins, she is showing that success has many definitions. Almost 30 years on, she is adapting as she goes.Read More