In a recent article for Greenville News, author Angelia Davis profiles women in leadership.
Manufacturing merino wool yarn is not what attorney Kim Kent imagined she’d be focused on at this point in her career.
But that’s been the rewarding, yet challenging role Kent took on when her husband died unexpectedly in September 2017.
Kim Kent is the widow of Mark Kent, the former president and CEO of Kentwool, an Upstate textile manufacturing company that marked its 175th anniversary this year.
Being at the helm of Kentwool and its brand of specialty companies has not only expanded Kim Kent’s career; her new title of president/CEO also places her among the small group of Upstate women who run large companies.
Nationwide in 2017, only 28 percent of CEOs were women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even fewer led manufacturing companies, which hired a disproportionate number of men for leadership roles in 2017, according to data compiled by Catalyst, a global nonprofit that seeks to advance women in the workplace.