women who reign

Women Who Reign: Kristin Barrett

Kristin & I were introduced through Nikita Parikh who was featured in our previous post. The six degress of separation rule really do apply!Read about the fun work she does along with an interesting past job, and how she stays motivated.
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Tell us a little about yourself along with a fun fact.

I’m a Chicagoan, born and raised, with my undergrad at Northwestern and MBA at University of Chicago. Over the past few years, my career has been focused on helping entrepreneurs, first through launching 1871 and now a coworking space called the Chicago Innovation Exchange at University of Chicago Fun fact: I’m a nerd about Prairie Style architecture and spent a lot of my teenage years giving thousands of tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio.

What # would define your life journey?
#opentotheunexpected

Favorite website / app:
I’m a big reader, so I probably spend more time on the Kindle app (and reading a lot from Kindle Unlimited) than anything else!

Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted:
The entrepreneurs I work with inspire me! They have amazing passion, drive and energy. They work through good and bad times, and they are strongly committed to the businesses they are building. I love it!

Song that makes you want to dance:
Shake It Off. Plus, it’s a great life philosophy that I’d like to adopt more.

Ideal job:
A startup that fixes the media industry! Right now, we need great reporting, but there’s no sustainable business model for it. There are some things moving in the right direction, though. I love what’s happening with This., Hearken, and amazing podcasts like Invisiblia and Serial. If I can find this startup, I’d love to become their COO — I like making things work!

What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
I’ve taken some risks that looked more promising to me than other people in my life. Ultimately, they have worked out well, and I think the thing that helped was to have a good idea of what drives me. For example, I know I need to have meaning in my work and have a great team who I really trust. When I believe in what I’m doing and like who I’m working with, I’m going to be better at what I do, and that’s going to help me succeed.

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