2013 Road to Palm Springs

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Carol Klimas
Lake Ridge Academy

Carol Klimas, the esteemed, entrepreneurial Lake Ridge Academy President, began her entrepreneurial journey more than 30 years ago in a markedly different environment: financial services. In two decades she was at the top of her profession. That’s when Lake Ridge asked her to take the helm.

Upon becoming the school’s president, she instituted new policies to create fairness and apply her business acumen to the nonprofit environment. Under her leadership, Lake Ridge implemented leading practices gleaned from schools nationwide.

Today, Lake Ridge thrives on a sense of participation — parents volunteer on a day-to-day basis, and the entire school focuses on giving to the community. In parallel with her experience in the for-profit business world, Carol fosters the school’s focus on investing — both quantitatively and qualitatively — in the well-being of the school, ensuring Lake Ridge Academy’s success for generations to come.