Kristen Young

Executive Director

Kristen Young serves as Executive Director at LeaderShape. She is a lifer at LeaderShape! Her first experience with LeaderShape was as a participant! In her current role, Kristen is responsible for the programmatic components of LeaderShape’s three programs, the Institute, Catalyst, and Resilience. She oversees the curriculum, facilitation, and implementation of these programs to ensure that they continue to advance LeaderShape’s mission and vision. She also works with the LeaderShape staff to help them to contribute their best work as they bring these programs to life.

Kristen received her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Illinois. Upon completing her undergraduate work, she decided that working with college students and helping them become the best versions of themselves was the path for her career. To help fulfill that desire to work with students, she attended the University of South Carolina where she received her M.Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She was a practitioner on a college campus for a few years before joining the LeaderShape staff in 2004.

Outside of work, Kristen is a wife and mother who tries every day to live a life led by her values and embracing the joy that can come from the ordinary.