Hallmark Leader Profiles | Q & A With Stacey Paine About the Path for Women Leaders
Stacey Paine President, Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation and Executive Vice President of Real Estate
NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS: Steered the development of new residential and mixed-use property development at Crown Center • Secured city funding to partially offset costs to remodel 730 rooms at the Westin Crown Center hotel • Helped to attract new office tenants to the Crown Center campus • Provided leadership on the boards of directors for Visit KC, the convention and visitor's bureau serving the region, the Women’s Employment Network and the Kansas City Sports Commission.
Q: What do diversity and inclusion mean to you, both personally and professionally?
A: Diversity and inclusion are a perfect balancing act. Diversity means that we recognize and celebrate the differences in people and ensure underrepresented groups become part of our fabric. While inclusion, on the other hand, is about making sure every person feels as though they belong here and they are valued.
Diversity and inclusion come to life in how we interact with people who you listen to for advice, who you hire, who you choose to mentor and who you choose to lead projects.
Q: Has women’s leadership changed over the course of your time at Hallmark?
A: Twenty years ago, women were in leadership roles at Hallmark, but they were often the only woman in the room. Today, there are more women in leadership roles at all levels and across all businesses, helping us to better connect with our core consumer. Having women in leadership roles also helps shape our company’s culture. It helps that we can share with prospective employees that women are leading various parts of the business.
Q: How does Crown Center help to foster an inclusive environment?
A: It’s part of Crown Center’s mission to be a gathering spot for the community and we do so for a number of events from lighting the Mayor’s Christmas Tree to summer Weekender Friday nights with movies and food trucks. We continually look for ways to attract a broader crowd and welcome people. In 2018 Crown Center is adding the Middle of the Map Fest, a music festival curated to feature independent artists, and an authentic Oktoberfest.
Learn more about Hallmark Corporation's commitment to diversity & women leadership by downloading the full 2017 Caring In Action Report here.