About Kristen

Named a top 20 trailblazer by Meetings Today magazine, Kristen is an action-focused speaker who uses her world-class industry expertise and research into human behavior to motivate exceptional business leaders to elevate their brand and skyrocket their performance for maximum impact on results even during change and stress.

Clients include General Mills, Cargill, Retail Value Chain Federation, Minnesota Vikings, Women Presidents Organization, Rodan+Fields, and Boston Scientific. She has shared her Master’s-level expertise and bestselling books extensively on respected media outlets like Forbes, Fox, BBC, Psychology Today, and many more.

Her biggest faults – she is an occasional know-it- all, sometimes workaholic, and frequent wine aficionado; and her biggest love is her genetically sassy daughter Brooke. Kristen lives in Minneapolis and spends her free time boating, hiking, and traveling - especially when the snow flies.


“The commitment to drive yourself forward even when things suck a little (or a lot) is the ultimate definition of self-leadership.”

Session Description

Spin stress into success with a fresh perspective on the work/life balance myth and what you should do instead to amp up your personal and professional awesomeness. Your physical and emotional reactions to the stressors in your life impact how your co-workers and clients perceive you, whether you’re seen as a leader, and if someone wants to work with you or not. Kristen will use her Happy Hour Effect framework to help you gain perspective on the many moving pieces of your life so you make better decisions, amplify your leadership, and boost your performance even when the pressure is on.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how stress impacts your performance and personal brand.
  2. Identify your personal and professional stress cues and cures that impact your awesomeness.
  3. Identify your individual key characteristics that will enable you to put your best self forward to maximize team dynamics, leadership, and client relationships.


The Best Worst Thing

A memoir chronicling a single day that changed the entire trajectory of a promising life.

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The Happy Hour Effect

Cult favorite highlighting the secret to maximizing life while killing stress for good.

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Daily Rise

A pocketsize dose of motivation for daily reminders of how to truly embrace leadership.

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