Episode 4

Published on:

20th Jul 2021

How Kim Culmone Is Helping Mattel Innovate With Gender-Fluid Dolls To Make Play Inclusive For All

Kim Culmone, SVP Design at Mattel, and her team have led a remarkable transformation of the Barbie brand to become more inclusive and relevant to a new generation of children by creating the most diverse doll on the planet - a feat which landed her work on the cover of Time magazine and returned the doll to billion-dollar sales again. In this episode, Kim shares how her team boldly set out to make Mattel’s first gender-fluid doll, giving transgender kids the space to imagine a world without limitations and boundaries, and help create a society where everyone is welcome, connected, and celebrated.

Check out our companion book Good is The New Cool: The Principles of Purpose at www.theprinciplesofpurpose.com and you can join the Good is The New Cool community at www.goodisthenewcool.com

About Kim Culmone

At the heart of Kim’s creative process is the belief that design is a powerful tool for positive impact. She currently holds the position of SVP, Design at Mattel Inc where she sets the creative vision for some of the most iconic and ground-breaking doll brands in the world. In 2015 Kim was responsible for leading a Barbie product reinvention (featured in the Hulu documentary “Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie”) that generated 5 billion media impressions, secured a TIME cover, and received the coveted “Doll of the Year Award” from The Toy Association. Today Barbie is the most diverse doll line on the market and includes dolls representing various ethnicities, body types, and physical abilities. Mostly recently, Kim and her team made history again by introducing Creatable World, the first ever gender inclusive doll line that “keeps labels out and invites everyone in”.

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About the Podcast

Good Is The New Cool
The Field Recordings
Purpose is the buzzword of the moment, with socially conscious consumers, activist employees, and impact investors fueling the cultural revolution around business as a force for good.

But what is Purpose? How do companies and brands discover and articulate it? How can older companies reverse-engineer it into their DNA in an authentic and meaningful way?

In their new podcast series, Good Is The New Cool: The Field Recordings, Bobby Jones and Afdhel Aziz meet the men and women on the purpose revolution’s front lines, taking you inside visionary companies like Patagonia, TOMS, and Participant Films, as well as global giants like Procter and Gamble, Mattel, and Activision, all in the hopes of inspiring you to harness the power of purpose for yourself.

Check out the companion book Good is The New Cool: The Principles of Purpose at www.theprinciplesofpurpose.com

Join the Good is The New Community at www.goodisthenewcool.com

The podcast was produced by Natalia Rodriguez Ford and Eli Block.

About your hosts

Afdhel Aziz

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AFDHEL AZIZ is the Founder and Chief Purpose Officer of Conspiracy of Love, the world’s most inspiring purpose consultancy which advises some of the world’s largest companies like adidas, Unilever, AB Inbev, Mondelez, Diageo, PepsiCo. He is also an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, author and Forbes contributor.

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Twitter: @afdhelaziz


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BOBBY JONES is co-founder of Conspiracy of Love, the world's most inspiring purpose consultancy. He is also co-founder and CEO of Good is the New Cool. This global community connects and serves purpose-driven leaders. He is a top-selling author, international speaker, expert on conscious capitalism, and successful businessman who is on an inspiring mission to show individuals and companies worldwide how to be forces for Good.

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LinkedIn: Bobby Jones
Twitter: @mrbobbyjones