Bridge to Gender Equality Power 5 Interview - Kristy Ware
Updated: Dec 7, 2022
The Bridge to Gender Equality Project is pleased to introduce you to Kristy Ware (they/them), a health & well being expert, speaker and author, who is one of our Advisory Committee Members. Kristy inspires individuals and organizations to take action toward creating equitable, inclusive and healthy workplaces.
What are you most passionate about?
What excites me most about life is pushing myself beyond what I think I'm capable of and inspiring others to do the same. I love witnessing the change that happens when people experience those "light bulb" moments. I also love educating and inviting people to see things differently. This means learning something new, practicing it, stumbling, gaining feedback and striving for better. I like to call myself a lifelong learner on a mission to leave this world a better place for the next generation.
Who is your greatest role model?
To be totally honest, this question always challenges me. I don't have one particular role model that's impacted my career, but I have a few people that have impacted my life, shaping the person I am today. The first one is my mom for her ongoing dedication to her family and her resilience despite the challenges life throws her way. My younger brother, who has physical and mental disabilities, has taught me what it means to love unconditionally and find the silver linings in all situations. And finally, my wife has role modeled what it means to live life to fullest and take risks that scare the heck out of me but are imperative to my personal and professional growth.
What is your greatest accomplishment in your career trajectory?
My greatest accomplishments thus far are writing and publishing 6 books: 2 adult non-fiction that accompany my speaking and facilitation work, and 4 children's books. I was not a strong reader growing up. I always made time for biking and art but never reading. I only found a love for reading and books at the age of 30. That new found passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. I'm proud to say that I now have a place to share my ideas and stories with the world. If you're interested, you can find my books here: kristyware.com/press/
What advice would you give to new or emerging leaders who are building their careers?
It might sound cliche but honestly, never give up. I believe we're all born with unique gifts and talents that deserve to be shared with the world. As you build your business or career, know that you're going to face challenges along the way. Anything that is meaningful and important comes with some level of difficulty. The only way to truly succeed is living by the motto, 'Everything is Figureoutable" (Marie Forleo). I believe everything worthwhile takes time, patience and a positive mindset. But, in time, you'll get there. Embrace this mindset, and you're well on your way!
What do you think is the biggest challenge for the next generation?
As someone who's been into sports, physical training and nutrition for my entire life, I feel one of the biggest challenges the next generation is going to face is striking a balance between 'desk jobs' and physical activity. Our world has become so automated and 'easy' that people growing up at this time in history are going to need to get even more creative if they want to live lives with greater vitality. As I share in my adult health book, movement is one of the most important elements of health; standing and walking desks for the win!
Kristy Ware (they/them) is a health & well-being expert, speaker and author of Synergize Your Health - The 6 Elements for Greater Vitality & Joy and Dismantling The Obstacles to Workplace Inclusion. Kristy inspires individuals and organizations to take action toward creating equitable, inclusive and healthy workplaces.
Kristy has over 20 years combined experience in leadership, coaching and consulting. They weave together powerful stories, current research, and effective strategies to uplift, inspire and educate. Expertly using their contagious energy and straightforward approach, Kristy sparks audiences to take conscious steps toward implementing change. Kristy lives in Vernon BC with their wife and son.
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