Kirby Bumpus

"From the White House to sweetgreen"


“I’ve always gravitated towards roles where I can learn the most and have the greatest impact." – Kirby Bumpus

This week’s DENtalks Podcast guest, Kirby Bumpus, has a lot to share about paving your own path. Kirby worked with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House and is now Head of Social Impact at sweetgreen. We talk about the unpredictable path that led her to these positions, the meaning of social impact and its ever growing presence in the business world, and things you might look for when choosing your next job or career step. Kirby also discusses what it was like to work for the First Lady, mindful eating, and rounds out our talk with a reminder of how important gratitude and positivity are in shaping our day-to-day lives… and just how meaningful a simple selfie can be.

“These days, the biggest pressure is ‘are my ideas big enough?” – Kirby Bumpus



  • Selfie a Day


  1. Current obsession: All things Szechuan, Ear Hustle podcast
  2. Favorite food: Ribeye Steak
  3. First thing in the morning: Drink a lot of water
  4. Self-care hack: Always carry tea bags – especially when traveling


  1. Inspirational Teacher 
    Martin Luther King 
  2. Favorite Documentary or Movie
    What Dreams May Come
  3. Current Obsession 
    Omad Lifestyle
  4. Food, Drink, or Object you can’t live without 
    Apple Cider Vinegar


  1. Type of Meditation you rely on most?
    Psychic Meditation which is energy tools, visual meditation which is also her personal practice
  2. Helpful tip for valuable meditation?
    Focus on your breath, take the pressure off yourself that you have to do it right. Keep showing up and try different meditation to find what works for you.
  3. Self-Care Hack? 
    I make sure to clear everyone out of my space every night and get out into nature. I clear people’s energy by creating a bubble out infront of you, putting everyone from the day in that bubble, and then blow up the bubble. This gives the person their energy back.
  4. If you could give any piece of life advice what would it be?
    If you don’t like how things are going, believe that you can change your perception and everything else will change.