Kim Olson will travel Texas to speak about running for office and lessons from the 244 counties she visited while on the campaign trail. She addresses leadership, rural, and Texas issues. Kim’s belief is that representative government should reflect the people's interests, and the only way that happens is by walking farms and fields. Kim visited folks where they work and live – their kitchens, local coffee shops, restaurants, town halls. She believes these are some of the best places to understand and appreciate Texans.
Kim Olson’s farming background, 28-year military career, and public service make her exceptionally qualified to lead the economic engine that is Texas agriculture.
U.S. Air Force – 25 years service, retired Colonel. Among first generation of female military pilots, commanded troops in combat zones, including Iraq, and volunteered 3 years with Texas State Guard.
Director of HR for Dallas ISD - Oversaw 22,000 employees and 1 billion dollar budget.
Weatherford ISD Trustee – Earned Texas Outstanding Board of the Year.
CEO of Grace After Fire – Helped over 6,000 Veteran families and ensured equitable access to care.
Texas Women’s Hall of Fame - Inducted in 2014 for her public service to Texans.
Family photo (from left to right) – Kent, daughter-in-law Kayla, son Keegan, Kim, and daughter Katelynn.
4th Generation Farmer & Educator – Kim, a Master Gardener, lectures on small-scale regenerative agriculture and practices sustainable eco-ag on her family farm where she and her husband, Kent, raise fruits, vegetables, and pecans sold to direct markets, keep beehives for pollination and honey, and restore native grassland.