Read highlights from Kristen's profile below.
Motivating factor: (What motivates you.) Each and every day, I am motivated by the needs of children. I have devoted my career and volunteer work to increasing educational and life opportunities for children who are in need. I want to make the world a better place for my own children and for all children to learn, grow, and thrive for many years to come. Disability advocacy is an ongoing effort and our children deserve to grow up in a place where they are recognized for their abilities and not held back because of their disabilities.
Advice to young people: As you are navigating through life, ask questions, be discerning, and be your own person. Every day you have the opportunity to help someone else and improve the world around you. Finally, do not give up in the face of adversity. Instead, keep going and forge a path forward for yourself and others.
Professional goal in five years: I would like to remain in a leadership position in special education while continuing to increase opportunities for students with disabilities. We are already doing great work in Isle of Wight County for all students, and I plan to continue to work to expand those experiences for students.
From Inside Business:
This is the 24th year Inside Business has honored young professionals who are successful in their careers and involved in the community. The 40 people highlighted here represent a wide range of occupations. They all work hard and volunteer often to make Hampton Roads a better place.
It is our hope this honor encourages them and others to go out and work even harder to be successful and get involved. We thank our judges, listed here, whose commitment to this program has made it stronger over the years. We also recognize our sponsors and advertisers, without whose support the event and this publication about the honorees would not be possible.