Kristen Harris moved to Kansas City in 2006 after graduating with a B.S in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas. In 2016, she completed the MBA program at the University of Missouri, Kansas City with an emphasis in Marketing.
She has 14 years of progressive experience at Hallmark Cards building business partnerships within corporations and in the community, leading highly effective teams, creating strategies to promote accountability, and driving employee engagement. She is currently leading development and implementation of enterprise-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies as well as leading organizational culture change. She regularly consults with various HR professionals and facilitates employee resource groups and diversity councils to advance D&I initiatives within the specific areas of talent acquisition, professional development, product development and marketing, as well as community involvement and advocacy.
Some of her professional affiliations include the World 50 impact platform for executives, the Network of Executive Women, and the Executive Leadership Council where she has completed management courses, mentorship and advocacy seminars, as well as D&I and inclusive leadership certifications. Kristen was also featured in the spring 2021 edition of Savoy magazine highlighting diversity and inclusion in corporate America.
Outside of work, Kristen’s passion has always been in community advocacy and she currently serves as a board director for Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City. She also volunteers with several organizations across the city supporting education, health, and affordable housing services. Her newest pandemic pastimes include bike riding and yoga.