Meet NAPW members in Member Spotlight, a weekly column where members highlight their careers and businesses. Today, the spotlight is on Kristina Hallett who shares some great business advice that she has learned. VIP, Elite and Preferred Members: to be featured in Member Spotlight, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAPW: What is the best business advice you ever received from another woman?
Hallett: My best friend gave me a magnet with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt- “Do one thing every day that scares you”. I have lived by this motto, and it has helped me to pursue business opportunities and personal choices that have greatly enriched my life. My recently published book, Own Best Friend: Eight Steps to a Life of Purpose, Passion, and Ease, is a direct outcome of following this advice.
NAPW: Do you believe that exercise and a proper diet helped in your success?
Hallett: Absolutely! In my coaching work I continuously remind women of the need to take care of the “basics” – eat well, sleep well, and move your body.
NAPW: What stereotypes about women do you encounter that annoy you the most? How do you overcome the stereotypes others place on you?
Hallett: The stereotype that most annoys me is the idea that women are not interested in the areas of STEM. I believe that the gender differences in STEM are a result of societal expectations, rather than a reflection of a true difference in ability based on gender.
The most frequent stereotype I encounter is that my husband is the decision-maker in my career. My response is to continue with my plans, while acknowledging the benefit of having a supportive partner. I believe that everyone functions best with a strong support system and I am happy to acknowledge both my supports and my personal successes.
NAPW: If you could take day off from work, what would you do first? Why?
Hallett: I regularly take days off from work! I had to learn this skill, as my years as a single, working mother prepped me to fill days off with chores.
Today, my days off start with a cup of coffee slowly enjoyed while sitting outside, listening to the birds. This quiet meditative time sets the tone for the rest of the day. I typically get up earlier than usual on a day off, as I have learned to relish the freedom of a day without work.
NAPW: What woman in history has most influenced your beliefs?
Hallett: Marie Curie has been an enormous influence in my life. Madame Curie’s intellect and passion for knowledge inspired me from an early age. I first read a biography of her when I was about 10 years old. I was impressed by her achievement of being the first woman to receive a Nobel prize. Her unrelenting quest for knowledge and education inspired me to pursue my own educational dreams. Most importantly, Madame Curie’s belief in the ability of women to succeed despite significant obstacles and bias has been a continuous reminder of what is possible.