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Beyond the Bio: Kristen Kellner, Dog Lover

by Lydia Swann

Kristen Kellner is the Chief Learning Officer at KMA Human Resources 26475D87-0C73-43DE-96A5-454864A2395EConsulting. A seasoned human resources professional, Kristen’s unique background includes experience in training and development with additional expertise in the areas of customer service, training, leadership and organizational development, team effectiveness, group facilitation, and more.

To help you get to know this MANP presenter, we asked Kristen the following questions.

I live in Topsham Maine with my husband of 31 years and our 2 Golden Retrievers.

What’s something we might not know about you even after we spend a day with you?
On September 12th I will officially be 3 years in remission, as I received a stem-cell transplant (my own) in 2013. I am a lymphoma survivor. I wrote a blog about my cancer journey and expect to self-publish my book on this topic in December of this year.

What do you do for fun?
Honestly, I’m a home-body~ I love to spend time with my husband and our two dogs: Jethro and Abbot. Depending on the season, that looks like bike riding, hiking-walking, picking blueberries, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cooking, and so on.

What’s your greatest strength?
I have an amazing ability to find the silver lining in most anything and I love helping others see how shifting our thinking about what may appear to be a crappy situation, was really a blessing in disguise.

Who is your hero?
My Mother, who raised 9 children in a blended family. She died of metastatic breast cancer in 2002 and taught me how to be graceful under adversity.

What book is on your nightstand/coffee table?
Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

An article/blog/book you recommend?
Everyone would benefit from reading: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey

What makes you laugh the most?
Wardrobe malfunctions—for example, showing up at work with my shirt on inside out, wearing two different shoes, I have quite a long list and enjoy recycling the joys of other’s malfunctions too.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
My term for them is: “Polite Drivers” they have no idea how dangerous their eagerness to direct traffic is to other vehicles in the vicinity.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
My parents had a random tradition of taking all 9 of us on “mystery rides.” I can’t even remember all of the places they took us, but it was a joy to get in the van and know that we were all going to some “fun” event—drive-in movie, stock-car races, Niagara Falls (we used to live outside of Buffalo, NY).

Learn more about (and from) Kristen at her upcoming workshop Focus on Coaching: Unlocking Potential + Performance.

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