Bringing Women to the Table – an Interview with Kristen Palson

As a Caring Leader, you get that bringing women from all walks of life into leadership roles is key to creating a welcoming and innovative space. This kind of representation adds different viewpoints that enhance decision-making, helping your organization meet the needs of a wider audience. Plus, having diverse leaders can break down barriers and challenge stereotypes, which promotes equality and motivates women everywhere. It also boosts your organization’s success by harnessing a broader range of talent, creativity, and problem-solving skills that you might miss with a more uniform leadership team. Ultimately, embracing diverse female leadership isn’t just about fairness; it’s a smart move in today’s global and diverse society.

In this episode I am excited for you to meet Kristen Palson. Kristen is the Chief Operating Officer of the Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership and Executive Producer of the Simmons Leadership Conference. I recently spoke at an event she had and immediately felt her heart!

With nearly two decades of experience in strategic development, operational planning, marketing, and talent management, Kristen brings a dynamic leadership approach to her roles. She is dedicated to advancing the institute’s global authority on leadership, equity, and inclusion through innovative, tailored learning experiences across various formats. Kristen’s background in theater enriches her program designs with creativity, engagement, and actionable outcomes. Outside of work, she is passionate about children’s theater and is a proud single mother raising her daughter in the Boston area with support from her close-knit community.

Tune in and hear how Kristen:

  • Taps into her bigger mission of wanting to bring people around something meaningful as a leader and finds the fun in it.
  • Finds the drive to help women tap into professional development.
  • Embraces self awareness to show up as her best self for team members.

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About Heather R Younger, J.D., CSP

Heather R Younger, J.D., CSP is a highly sought-after speaker, 2x-TEDx speaker, diversity, equity and inclusion strategist, and contributor to leading news outlets. She is also the Founder and CEO of Employee Fanatix, a leading employee engagement and consulting firm. After over 25,000 employee engagement surveys and years of working with organizations to transform employee engagement, here’s what Heather has seen over and over: When you know how to listen, employees will tell you exactly what they need to bring their full selves to work. Book Heather to speak at your event or organization.

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