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Meet Trailblazer Krista (Kohlhausen) deKryger

Today we’d like to introduce you to Krista (Kohlhausen) deKryger.

Krista, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have worn many hats over the years to include Director of Client Experience, Transition Coordinator, VP – Talent Development, Educator, and Nonprofit Executive. I have professionally reinvented myself throughout my career due to personal decisions, physical moves, and career desires.

Through past and current, paid and volunteer roles, I have supported others in their moves, and I thoroughly enjoy it. I want to offer my skill set and learned experiences to others.

I have threatened to start my own business for many years and have taken classes and enrolled in training dating back to 2002 in order to do so. It was about time to get things moving!

I am the daughter of two successful entrepreneurs, so I feel it is in my DNA.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Since it has taken me 16 years to actually do it, I would say it has not been smooth becoming a solopreneur. I have fallen off my path many, many times. This past year, when creating my vision board for 2018 with my girlfriends next to me doing the same thing, I found multiple images and text about finally starting my own business and posted them proudly. It worked.

My struggles were not exactly “struggles” … when I first started looking to open my own business, I was given a promotion in my job at that time. It was a great opportunity for me- a role I had written and passed up the chain and got. It was a smart move for me to put all my training and planning on hold. Then, I had some other opportunities that involved working for other organizations in different parts of the country.

Through my travels, I had the opportunity to audit another intense workshop for creating your own business. The spark was ignited again, and through this training, a coworker and I created the plan for a business. We were recognized and awarded for our entrepreneurial spirit. Our paths starting physically moving in different directions, and we dropped our plans to focus on our business.

Years later, I had the opportunity to take a role that was not as time demanding as my previous roles, so I could start to focus on building something of my very own. I had the support of a loving husband, my entrepreneurial parents, and a close long-time friend turned entrepreneur. Because I had more time on my hands and that problem of being a “yes” person and helping others with their passions as well as supporting causes I believe in, my schedule got too full and crazy. I had to step down from a volunteer board role I had earned, to focus on this personal initiative of mine. That was a difficult decision for me, but it allowed me the gift of time – yes, it is a gift – to focus on me and MY dream.

What I do suggest is to find and surround yourselves with supporters. Find people who will hold you accountable. Build your network with people who are in the same place as you, and people who are years or phases down the road from you. And if I was to preach, I would suggest finding people who are not as far down their path as you are- so you can give back and share what you are learning on your way.

We’d love to hear more about The Word Warrior. What should we know?
I am a solopreneur as of 2018.
The Word Warrior works directly with individuals looking for their next, or perhaps their first, career opportunity. Resumes are tailored to fit the needs of each client and can be targeted to specific industries or positions. LinkedIn profiles are created or improved to help with the networking process. There are many levels of support to shop, and increased offerings will be available in the future build-out of the company. Many of my clients have been people in roles for so long, they haven’t had the need to update a resume, let alone have a resume. I do the work for them – capturing all their past experiences and getting it down on paper, creatively.

I am a resume writer, content creator, and curriculum developer.

The Word Warrior is my very own endeavor, my baby, my writer’s project, my newest pride, and joy. Through this company, I will help many others who struggle with the words, who don’t have the time, who don’t have the energy after _______ (fill in the blank- you name it!) to sit down and get their thoughts onto paper or into text.

What sets me apart? I find work with a purpose, I work for a purpose, and this work will help people get closer to what they want.

I am in Phase 1 of The Word Warrior. Over the next few years I will be focusing on content creation- for companies, whether it be for social media for recognition and client growth or to build up a department and their offerings as part of Phase 2. Phase 3 is also being tracked, you can check out my website to see what I plan for down the road!

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
Unconscious bias; intentional bias.

Females not having the courage to speak up and speak out.

Females doubting themselves because they have surrounded themselves with people who are not their advocate, friend or sponsor.

Females believing what they hear (put downs, negatives, jealous reactions) and letting it effect how they feel and act.

Females not supporting other females when they have the opportunity to support them- which should be as often as deserved!

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