After leading her first company for 14 years, Kristen Hadeed recognized that she needed to make a change. She was no longer happy as a cleaning business CEO, but she was afraid of what it would mean if she said that out loud. What would people think? What would that mean for her identity?
It took a long time for her to face what she had known in her heart for years: She was ready to transition her company and start the next chapter. And when she finally listened to the voice inside, it transformed her life, the lives of others, and her organization.
In this interactive and engaging keynote, Kristen will inspire you to face the hard questions for yourself: Am I happy? Am I living an authentic life? Am I making the difference I want to make?
In the world Kristen envisions, people lead with their hearts so that they can inspire others to lead with theirs. They take risks. They model courage and compassion. They welcome growth and change.
They are . . . human.
Discover how to create a culture that nurtures authenticity and humanity.
Redefine what success and leadership mean to you.
Recognize the ways in which you can show up more courageously in your own life and inspire those around you to do the same.
Learn how to influence positive change, regardless of your role.
Kristen Hadeed believes that authentic, human leadership can change the world.
At 19, with hardly any leadership experience, Kristen started a cleaning business called Student Maid. She never expected it to be her career; it was simply a way to earn money while she was in college. But before she graduated, her company received a contract to clean hundreds of apartments—and it changed her path forever. Kristen hired a team of 60 people help her, and within days, 75% of that team quit. That’s when Kristen’s obsession with learning how to be a leader began.
Over the next 14 years, Kristen learned a lot by screwing up. But most importantly, she learned how to lead from her heart. Doing so helped her take Student Maid from a small cleaning company to a business known on a global scale for its culture of belonging, its focus on people, and its purpose of building leaders.
Today, Kristen spends her time helping leaders, teams, and organizations around the world embrace their humanity. She’s worked with just about every industry with one purpose behind it all: To build a better world through courageous, compassionate leadership.
Kristen’s work has been featured in news outlets including PBS, FOX, Inc., NBC, TIME, and Forbes. Kristen’s book, Permission To Screw Up, has sold more than 37,000 copies worldwide. Her first TED Talk has more than three million views on YouTube.