Kimmel graduated from Kent State University with a degree in journalism. At KSU, Kimmel created an investment program to connect student entrepreneurs with mentors, investors and thought leaders in Silicon Valley, Chicago, New York City , among other tech hubs. 
As an early stage enterprise investor, she has helped companies build a product-led growth strategy and advised on product, monetization and go-to-market strategies. Kimmel has worked on the go-to-market team at Zendesk,focused on product-led growth, partner integrations and built a program for startups. 
She has taught over 5,000 students at General Assembly and advises venture-backed startups in Silicon Valley.