Andra Liemandt | Founder
Andra is the founder and CEO of The Kindness Campaign, a national nonprofit devoted to research-based emotional intelligence and anti-bullying. Launched in 2015, TKC designs interactive SEL (social emotional learning) curriculum and programming for schools and workplaces, with a focus on developing kind leaders and emotionally aware schools and companies. Under Andra’s leadership, TKC’s reach grew from five schools to 82 in two years, and today, serves over 40,000 students. Over the past two years, the organization has partnered with Bumble, KIND Bars, Dell Inc., Nordstrom, and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to bring TKC’s on-site programming to children and adults nationwide.
After a career in large corporate account management and pharmaceutical sales at Dell Inc. and Abbott Laboratories, Andra pivoted to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Now a national speaker on kindness and bullying, Andra has given keynote addresses for AT&T and IBM conferences, Paul Mitchell Schools nationwide, and the National Charity League. She is a recipient of Austin Woman’s Way Business Award for Social Impact (2018), and was a finalist for the Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award (2018). An active philanthropist, Andra currently serves on the Girl Scouts of Central Texas 2019 Women of Distinction Committee, and is on the advisory board of Baylor Scott & White Health. In 2015, Andra was named Cover Woman for Austin Woman Magazine’s September Edition, and in 2018, she joined the board of the GRAMMY Museum.
Andra is also the founder and drummer for The Mrs, a pop-rock band that has appeared on "Good Morning America," "The Queen Latifah Show,” BuzzFeed, People Magazine, and Billboard. Their first music video, released in 2014 and featuring their signature "Magic Mirror," currently has 5.4 million views on YouTube. Since then, The Mrs has shared the stage with Maroon 5 and Jon Bon Jovi, and has enjoyed musical collaborations with Paul Oakenfold and more.
I had my own personal experiences with bullying growing up. Even as an adult I had to overcome some of the emotional scars that I had from childhood. However, nothing that I experienced could prepare me for how I felt as a mom. Helping my daughters navigate the complexity of bullying was overwhelming. The idea of Enoughie Buddy and using Kindness was my way to create a voice in what felt like a hopeless situation. I believe together we can change the future for our children.
Janet Torres | Executive Director
From an early age Janet has been captivated by social and political issues. Her earliest campaign was rallying her 1st grade classmates to allow girls to play on the all-boy soccer team. She went on to graduate from law school and began her career as a legislative attorney for the NYC Council, the NY Senate Minority Conference, and for the New York State Governor's Office. Janet has had the privilege to work for nonprofits such as the Wildlife Conservation Society, The New York Botanical Garden, and Lincoln Center Center for the Performing Arts focusing on community engagement and government affairs. She now brings over 15 years of public sector experience to her role as Executive Director to TKC.
Being an advocate for others who do not feel like they have a voice is what drives my work in the public sector. I have experienced first hand how a toxic environment can affect one's self worth. Bullying is a reality in life which we have the power to change. Providing tools to empower children and adults is essential so we can all speak a consistent language of kindness. TKC aims to make this world more compassionate.
Kimberly Skinner | Senior Manager, Curriculum and Programming
Kimberly Skinner believes in the incredible power of human connection. With over 10 years of experience in supporting communities as a Counselor and Educator, Kimberly has extensive experience in emotional health, trauma-informed practices, mindfulness practices, and curriculum development. As a counselor, her passion for child advocacy and the desire to assist in creating change in mental health continues to grow by the day.
You were enough before today, you’re enough in this moment, and you’ll continue to be enough as you become more of who you’re made to be.