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Permission to Screw Up

Key Highlights

  • Understand the difference between a management mindset and a leadership mindset
  • Reframe failure as an opportunity to build resilience
  • Reveal the courage and commitment it takes to be a leader
  • Learn how to inspire change, no matter your rank or position


In this session, Kristen shares the story of how she went from being an almost comically inept leader to a sought-after CEO who teaches others how to lead.

When she launched her company more than a decade ago, Kristen was a college student with zero leadership experience. Giving out hugs instead of critical feedback, fixing errors instead of holding people accountable, micromanaging instead of empowering, and hiding behind emails instead of cultivating meaningful relationships were just a few of her many mistakes. But Kristen’s willingness to admit and learn from her mistakes propelled her to build a successful company that has since employed thousands of millennials and is widely recognized for its focus on building the next generation of leaders.

Kristen dismisses the idea that leaders always have it all figured out. Building on the themes in her book, Permission to Screw Up, she’ll inspire people at every level to reach their leadership potential, no matter their experience or rank on the totem pole.


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