About Us--Royal Court
"Queen" Kimberly West, from the kingdoms of The Castle and The Circus, is the founder of Personality-Ville®, which is headquartered in Southern California.
Kimberly has been delighting audiences for years teaching people the empowering knowledge of understanding personality styles. She has created a whole treasure map kingdom, including animated characters like the Dragons of Defects!
She said with a smile about her royal title, "After years of creating a whole kingdom with over twelve characters, it's been a labor-of-love, so the only title that seemed right was, the Queen Mother of Personality-Ville."
She has a background in teaching, counseling, English and elementary-school tutoring, cash management/finance, and marketing. She has been awarded an inclusion in Who's Who in the West 1986, for being the only woman and youngest executive of AM International, a former Fortune 500 company. (Something a typical Castle person would do at only 26! Marquis Who's Who included under "Kimberly Ann Herbener.")
Surviving being hit by three drunk-drivers in one month several years ago, aggravated a heart condition that increasingly zapped Kimberly's energy. She now works part-time and because of this "different ability," she was awarded an Iowa Entrepreneurs with Disabilities grant. Her drive and ambition are still the same. It was because of her desire to continue to work, she came up with creative ways to adjust to her condition, thus her unique seminars were born.
"I speak occasionally now while I am focused on creating a new online personality assessment that involves a game-like animated map user interface. I am open to partners for this new venture. Other products in development: books, DVDs, CDs, speaker training, and other fun items," she said.
She is an involved person who enjoys helping her community and bringing diverse people together. She is a former Tournament of Roses member, FAME choir member, and South African ballroom dance advocate.
Personality-Ville Mission: celebrate, honor, encourage, and unite ALL personality temperament styles (esp. young people)
- Award each unique style and the leaders who promote these principles
- Role-model by using successful people of each style with our Who's Who of Personality-Ville
- Promote diversity and inclusion in businesses, homes, and schools
- Use the UNITING and creative factors of art, music and dance
- Unique awards ceremony with live dance couples and fun costumed personality characters--Purrsonalities®!
The Cats to Leopards
Below is one of Kimberly West's columns she wrote that talks about her recovery from a hit & run drunk driver accident and meaningful experiences with ballroom dance.
Dance brings us together
By Kimberly West, For The Globe Gazette
The music was unmistakable. Slow, sensuous tones drifted up from the stage and embraced my boyfriend and me while we watched the dancer's bodies entwine to a tango dance. Last month when I saw the event in the brochure, I couldn’t wait to go. He wasn’t so sure, though (I think it was pre-season Vikings football time). Last week, more tango dancers were in the spotlight on the premiere of the wildly popular TV show “Dancing With the Stars.”
I love shows like this. I love the costumes, the music and the entertainment. Many people enjoy couples dancing, but I especially appreciate how it can bring people together.
I’ll never forget the first time I saw ballroom dancing. One day I stumbled onto an Iowa Public TV show called “Ohio Star Ball.” I sat transfixed watching the couples move together perfectly. What makes couples dancing so different from other forms of dance is that you need to be completely together — dancing as one. That’s why there is one leader and one follower.
At the time, I was recuperating from a near-fatal car accident and was in agony. My broken ribs and foot-long, vertical torso incision heaved back and forth with every breath. The thought of being able to just stand up without pain seemed very far away. The thought of a man holding me (by my ribs) and leading me around the dance floor seemed as impossible as certain city council members dancing a waltz together.
I felt like Scarlett O’Hara as I vowed, “As God is my witness, someday I’d get through this and not only survive but thrive — and learn how to dance.” It took me many years, but I did.That was more than 22 years ago and I’ve had some of the most fun and meaningful times of my life floating over the smooth dance floors from Iowa to the Caribbean.
I knew I would enjoy the dance aspect — learning everything from waltz to salsa (including the mambo). But the most meaningful came as a surprise: the way it brought people together from all over the world. Different socio-economic backgrounds, different races, different ages all coming together.
While at the end of one California dance, I noticed a sad-looking gentleman who hadn’t danced all night. He said in broken English that he was sure no one here knew the dance steps from his country in South America. Feeling confident in my following abilities, I gently opened my palm toward him and said, “Let’s try.”
After he led me on a rhythmic whirlwind mambo, I saw his face light up as he said through an interpreter: “I have been feeling so lonely and apart from every one here, but you followed me perfectly. What a present you gave me tonight!”
I thought back to that day while watching the “Ohio Star Ball.” He had no idea what I’d been through to get to that point. Feeling grateful to be alive and well, I smiled and assured him, “No, Señor, the present was surely given to me.”
Excerpts from: A different kind of gratitude Column
By Kimberly West, For The Globe Gazette
In thinking about this Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to set aside my attempts at a humor column and bring you something thought-provoking instead: thanking a different kind of hero.
Many awards go to the outgoing, leader-style personality. But what about the rest of us? What about the shy, quiet one, the silly, fun-loving one or the super-detailed introvert? Wouldn’t it be great to give out different awards that celebrate each person’s unique gift, or honor someone who overcame a personal obstacle?
Here are three awards that I hope might make you look at people a little differently.
1. The “Harmony Award”
Most awards honor the leader, the one “singing the melody.” I want to thank all the other types of people who “sing harmony.”
I know a lady in our church who would never be in charge of a big committee. But you would always find a welcome hug and an ear to listen to you. That’s important.
My sister is another one. She would complain that she was just a nurse’s aide. I would tell her, “Yeah, but everyone you encounter with your quick laughter, warm hugs and joyous spirit is blessed by you.” That’s valuable.
Do you know a student who doesn’t get straight A’s but always makes you laugh? Do you know a co-worker who isn’t particularly ambitious but is always a calming influence? Do you know a friend who sacrificed their career to put his or her spouse through college?...
...Kimberly West is a freelance writer from Mason City who had a far off starting point herself and with the help and encouragement of others is grateful to still be in the race. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read article of Kimberly West meeting F.W. de Klerk and her non-profit Ballroom Dancers from South Africa to America http://staff.niacc.edu/logos/vol28/issue04/news.htm
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