Kristen Duell

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Healthcare executive Kristen Duell, in brief.

Kristen Duell

Home: Tampa, FL.  Age: 38.  Birthplace: Springfield, MO.  Profession: Healthcare technology.  Organization: Home Care Pulse (HPC).  Title: Chief Marketing Officer.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Significant other: My husband, Aaron Duell.  Languages spoken: English, Bad English, a little French and Japanese.  

Current project: Blending three business together post-acquisition.  Combined, we have the largest outcome data set for customer and employee experience within post-acute care and the most robust e-learning platform built for our industry.  Recent recognition: Told that I have given a voice to an industry and created a path to change that has impacted so many women in healthcare already.  Latest contribution to others: Founded IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Alliance for Leadership in Healthcare), a non-profit dedicated to catalyzing women in the healthcare industry to promote upward mobility and visibility.  Also, currently serve as a mentor to ten individuals at various career and life stages.  Latest accomplishment: Helping HCP hit record revenue and pipeline objectives and launching the platform for IDEAL.  

Hobbies: Disney World and anything my 6 year old son wants to do.  Upcoming travel or adventure: A Disney cruise this May.  Last book read: ReCulturing, by Melissa Daimler.  Recently viewed and recommended: Yellowstone.  My husband now wants to try his hand at “cowboying” which has me a bit concerned.

Personality profile: ENFP – High D/I.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Unstoppable.  Moral compass: Do what is right, especially when it is hard.  How do you define a perfect friendship? No how much time goes by, you can pick right back up where you left off.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Where we solve each other’s problems.  What is your greatest joy? Watching my son overcome a challenge.  What is your greatest fear? Dying without giving this world everything I can offer.  What is your guilty pleasure? Yummy food and wine.  What word or phrase do you use far too often? Does that make sense?  What natural talent have you neglected? Writing.  

What three emojis best describe you? 💪🔥💥.

What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Special experiences for my family.  What is at the top of your bucket list? A world cruise.  How do you relieve stress? Massages, wine and walks.  What is your go-to workout? Walking Bayshore Blvd.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Family.  

What was your first paying job? Cashier at a pizza joint.  What was your favorite college course? Communication.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Impromtu speaking games.   What book have you repeatedly read? The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You, by Lydia Fenet.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? Meet Joe Black.   What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? The “Man in the Arena” quote by Theodore Roosevelt.  Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? My mentors. What’s the best advice you received growing up? You are the maid!  Do it for yourself so you are never dependent on someone else.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Don’t crush too many hands as you climb the ladder.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Smart phones.  What is your favorite app? ClickUp.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Walks listening to music or podcasts.  What company or organization do you most admire? Any that walk the talk.  What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Roe v. Wade. 

What is your big idea? To accelerate the rate at which women will achieve pay equity by enabling helpful dialogue and providing tools to women and organizations to support this change.  What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Working with organizations that support this initiative.  What change would you like to see in the world? Perspective.  Rather than “perception is reality”, let’s all get a little perspective of what life is like for someone else.  Don’t rush to judge, rush to understand.  What message do you want to send out into the world? The limits are in your head; mindset matters.  What widely held belief do you reject? That old dogs can’t learn new tricks.  

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? The Naysayers Were Wrong.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My father.  I miss him with every ounce of my being.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A lawyer.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? A picture of my father.  What day in your life would you choose to re-live? The day(s) my father and I drove across country, moving from Missouri to California.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? My teens.

Personal mission: To help anyone willing to put in the work to achieve their goals.  Personal motto: Hope isn’t a strategy.  Favorite quote: “It’s not the critic how counts… The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…” (Theodore Roosevelt).  Desired epitaph: She lived a life in service to others, creating change for men and women. 

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