Kristen Hadeed: Transforming Leaders through Authenticity and Empathy


If we had to define Kristen Hadeed with three words, it would be authenticity, empathy and resilience. From the humble beginnings of Student Maid, the company she founded while attending college, to her rise as a respected CEO, author, and sought-after keynote speaker, Kristen's journey exemplifies the transformative power of embracing imperfection and fostering genuine connections.

Born with an innate entrepreneurial spirit, at the age of 19 Kristen she founded Student Maid, a cleaning company that defied convention by prioritizing personal development and created new opportunities for college students. Despite facing numerous challenges and setbacks along the way, Kristen quickly learnt from her mistakes, and her unwavering determination and commitment to growth propelled Student Maid  into a renowned organization known for its inclusive culture and emphasis on the value of individuals.

Driven by a relentless pursuit of knowledge, Kristen immersed herself in the intricacies of leadership, drawing inspiration from both successes and failures. Through her own experiences and insights gained from mentoring others, she honed her expertise in building thriving, resilient organizations rooted in authenticity and empathy.

As her influence grew, Kristen embarked on a mission to share her wisdom with leaders and organizations worldwide. Through speaking engagements, workshops, and her bestselling book, "Permission to Screw Up," she continues to inspire individuals to embrace vulnerability, foster meaningful connections, and lead with courage and compassion.

Kristen's impact extends far beyond the walls of Student Maid. As a keynote speaker, she has inspired countless individuals and organizations to adopt a culture of belonging, effective feedback, meaningful relationships, resilience through self-care, and bridging the generational gap. Her TED Talk, viewed by millions, serves as a testament to the universal appeal of her message.

Today, Kristen's legacy extends beyond the realm of entrepreneurship. As a sought-after keynote speaker, author, and advocate for authentic leadership, she continues to empower others to unlock their full potential and create lasting impact in their personal and professional lives.

"Permission to Screw Up": why failing it’s ok.

In her bestselling book, "Permission to Screw Up," Kristen shares candid insights gleaned from her experiences as a leader. Through engaging anecdotes and practical advice, she empowers readers to embrace failure, cultivate resilience, and foster authentic leadership within their own organizations.

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Kristen's keynote topics reflect her commitment to creating environments where individuals can thrive authentically. From building a culture of belonging to navigating feedback and fostering resilience, Kristen equips audiences with actionable strategies to elevate their leadership skills and drive organizational success.

Build a Culture of Belonging

In this transformative session, Kristen delves deep into the essence of creating an inclusive and nurturing organizational culture. Drawing from her own experiences at Student Maid, she emphasizes that the key to a thriving workplace isn't just the nature of the work but the environment in which it's conducted. Participants will understand the core elements of a culture where individuals feel valued, accepted, and empowered and learn actionable strategies to encourage open communication, idea-sharing, and collaborative dynamics.

Deliver and Accept Feedback Effectively

Feedback, while crucial for growth, often remains a daunting aspect of leadership. Kristen demystifies the art of feedback, transforming it from a challenging conversation into an opportunity for connection and growth. Participants will master the techniques to deliver feedback in a constructive, compassionate, and impactful manner and develop the skill of asking insightful questions to elicit meaningful feedback and facilitate deeper understanding.

Build Meaningful Relationships

Relationship-building forms the cornerstone of effective leadership. In this session, Kristen explores the nuances of forging authentic connections, whether in-person or virtually. 

Grow Resilience through Self-Care

In today's fast-paced and unpredictable world, resilience and self-care have become indispensable skills for leaders. Kristen shares her personal journey of building resilience amidst challenges and emphasizes the importance of prioritizing well-being. 

Bridge the Generational Gap

With multiple generations coexisting in the modern workplace, understanding and embracing generational differences is paramount for harmonious collaboration. Kristen offers practical insights into bridging these gaps, creating a cohesive and collaborative work environment. Participants will discover strategies to attract, retain, and engage the next generation of talent and understand the unique communication and working styles of different generations, fostering understanding and collaboration.

How to retire at 20 

See for yourself Kristen in action while she delivered the inspiring TED talk “how to retire at 20” at the University of Florida, which collected millions of views over the past years. Here Kristen explains her journey to success and how to develop the right mindset to make it!  

In conclusion, Kristen Hadeed’s remarkable journey from entrepreneur to leadership expert exemplifies the transformative power of authenticity, empathy, and resilience. Through her book, speaking engagements, and advocacy, Kristen continues to inspire individuals and organizations worldwide to embrace their imperfections and lead with courage and compassion.