The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to present the 2019 BN360 Spotlight Professionals, sponsored by Alpine Films. Each year, BN360 highlights 12 up-and-coming young professionals who strive for professional growth and development, care for their community, and are passionate about the future of the Buffalo Niagara region. Meet Kendra Brim, the Spotlight Professional for June 2019.
Project Manager | BlueCross Blue Shield of WNY
Kendra Brim is a Project Manager at BlueCross BlueShield of WNY. A Buffalo native, Kendra received a four-year Division I Basketball Scholarship to Colgate University and graduated in 2011 with a major in Political Science and a minor in African American Studies. In 2017, she received her MBA from University at Buffalo.
Kendra recently concluded a seven-year stint as Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Nardin Academy and in 2018 was inducted into the Nardin Athletic Hall of Fame. She is the current President of the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals, Vice President of Operations for the Western New York Chapter of the Black MBA Association, and a Board Member at the William-Emslie YMCA. In her free time, Kendra loves mentoring children, traveling, and watching the latest scary movie on the screen.
First Job Out of School
Kendra began her professional career with BlueCross BlueShield as a Medicare Advantage Benefit Consultant.
Greatest Professional Win
“I am blessed to have the privilege of having four career moves with the same company in eight years. Each job has taught me more about BlueCross BlueShield and the health insurance industry. Ultimately, my volunteer experience outside of the company—and my experience creating sustainable programs—has contributed to my Project Management success.”
Best Piece of Professional Advice
“Every day, you are interviewing for a future job. Always dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Be pleasant. Treat people the way you would like to be treated.”
Kendra is a very active member of the Buffalo Niagara Community and beyond. She is involved with:
- Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals—President and a recipient of the Trailblazer Award
- Nardin Academy—2018 inductee to the Athletic Hall of Fame
- National Black MBA Association, WNY Chapter—VP of Operations
- William-Emslie YMCA—Board Member
- Women Touching the World Honoree—2018
Thoughts on Living and Working in Buffalo Niagara
“Western New York is a hidden gem. You can drive anywhere within 20 minutes, experience all four seasons, and share in almost every culture around the world without physically visiting a place.”
Greatest Hope for the Region
“My hope is that WNY can be a place where all its residents can gain access to the same opportunities despite, race, nationality, or religion.”
On Being a Spotlight Professional
“I’m extremely blessed to be chosen as a Spotlight Professional. I would not be where I am within my career without my family, friends, and community supporters. Secondly, failure is a part of success. One of my favorite sayings is, ‘Fall seven times, stand up eight.’ Being a Spotlight Professional means do not let anyone tell you no, stand up for yourself, and exude confidence where ever you go.”
- Go To Lunch Spot—Expo Market and, in the summer months, Food Truck Thursdays at Niagara Square
- Best Buffalo Hidden Gem—Five Points West Side Neighborhood
- Dream Vacation Location—Fiji Resort Vacation
- Best Buffalo Activity/Hobby—Venturing up to Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake on a random Saturday afternoon
- Favorite “Buffalo” Food—Chicken wings, of course! But they have to be crispy. Also, red velvet waffles from Freddy J’s