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Nielsen Chief Information Officer Kim Anstett is known for her skilled and transformational leadership. During her nearly 18 years with Nielsen and throughout a lifelong career in Tampa Bay, Anstett has worked her way up the corporate ladder from IT Manager to the C-suite. Utilizing her knowledge on the ground, Anstett has long focused on aligning technology with corporate business strategies. Alongside her role at Nielsen, she is deeply involved with Tampa Bay Tech, the region's largest technology council, where she was appointed Chair for 2019. In her many roles, Anstett has shown a passionate advocacy for building a diverse tech talent pool in Tampa Bay.

Years in St. Pete

My entire career, almost 25 years.

Organizations involved in

Tampa Bay Tech Chair, Executive Board of Tampa Bay Heart Walk.

What gets you out of bed every day?

Every day I get out of bed to be able to learn and grow and make a difference and be part of a family at home and within the company I work, and within the community. It’s a great opportunity every day to make a difference and to be a part of something incredible.

Why St. Pete?

It’s such an amazing place to live. I used to visit when I was up in college in Boston. After several weeks and months of snow and coming down to Tampa to interview, I realized this is definitely the better alternative. We can wake up every day to sunshine, we can be outdoors, we can enjoy the community, and we can work and grow our careers and families in the best place in the whole country.

What is one habit that you keep?

The habit I keep is to look at every day positively. Positive attitude leads to great outcomes and a much healthier lifestyle.

Who are some people that influence you?

I would say everyone I’ve worked with throughout my career. There have definitely been some key leaders, key colleagues, key friends that have made a huge difference.

My family, I’m extremely lucky that I have a husband and a family that’s incredibly supportive. I have a great support system at home that takes care of my three boys and my two dogs.

What is one piece of insight - a book, methodology, practice - that you would share with our readers?

I think a really great insight for me comes from Adam Grant and the book “Give and Take.” I learned a lot about how to influence and how people who are truly givers, and look to help others are most successful in life, and I’ve taken that with me every day since I read that book and encourage other people to read it as well.

What is one thing you wish you knew about your work 3 years ago?

Three years ago, I wish I knew what Tampa Bay Tech was all about. I’ve just been involved with the organization for just under three years and have been thrilled with the network I’ve been exposed to. Thrilled with what I can do in terms of making a difference and helping the community, mentoring and meeting so many technologists in the community. I wish I knew five years ago that Tampa Bay Tech was here and how I could get involved and make a difference.

What’s next?

Tampa Bay Heart Walk on track to raise $4 million.

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