New Book By SHERO Founder Encourages Survivors To Thrive
– By Dayna Roselli
Zero to SHERO. That’s the name of a new book by businesswoman and community activist Kimberly Miles. To say Miles has been through some really hard times is an understatement: she was in a wheelchair until she was 8; her mother committed suicide when she was 10; she was sexually exploited; and at 18 she was gang raped and hospitalized, on the brink of death.
Miles’ life events have been unimaginable, and you’d think she would have given up…but she didn’t. Instead, she uses those experiences to lift people up.
“The book is a just representation of how you can have a successful life and education,” says Miles, who called upon her own experiences of “every time people tell me no, I find a way around it” as the basis for her book.
Miles was born and raised in Detroit, Mich. She moved to Las Vegas in 1995 and is the founder and president of TPC Payroll/HR Consultants, Nevada’s largest privately-held national payroll and human resources management firm. Says Miles, “Once got into corporate America, I felt like made it.”
Back in 2015, she focused her charitable work on her true life’s passion for eradicating modern-day slavery by founding the B.E. A S.H.E.R.O. Foundation. SHERO provides critical resources to support, sustain, and empower girls and women, under the age of 25, who are victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, abuse, and neglect. She says it’s about helping other people help themselves. “It’s a hand up not a hand out.”
Miles says the #MeToo movement is not enough. “It’s helping: We are seeing more women judge less of each other,” she says. But we all need more self confidence, and we need to go with our gut. (“If you feel something, believe it. It’s your life.”) She recognizes that the family unit is dying. She says how you are raised and what you grow up around is what you know. Work needs to continue to improve that. It’s crucial. It’s her mission to help people evolve.
Miles is about to print the first copies of her Zero to SHERO book. She says, yes, she is a survivor, but she also knows everyone has a book in them.