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Inspiring and Empowering Women: Kristin St. Marie

By Grace Beck, student writer

Active member in the community, breast cancer survivor, mom, and proud Spartan, Kristin St. Marie inspires the masses—in and outside Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business.

Capital Area Women’s Lifestyle Magazine profiled St. Marie and featured her on the cover of October issue, putting the spotlight on a woman making an impact on many communities in the Lansing area.

Kristin St. Marie coverSt. Marie earned a Hospitality Business degree from the Broad College, and joined MSU’s staff nearly 20 years ago; today she is assistant director of Executive Education at Broad, where she develops, markets, and manages over 40 programs a year for professionals around the country, on topics including leadership, strategy, finance, health care, sales and marketing.

As co-chair of the ATHENA PowerLink program, board member for Susan G. Komen Race for The Cure, St. Marie stays involved and dedicated to her compassionate role.

The program that touches her most is empowHER, a leadership retreat inspired by MSU women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant for girls between fifth and ninth grades. With support and education via interactive workshops, empowHER girls embrace their strengths and differences, build self-confidence and participate in service projects that demonstrate the importance of giving back to their community, the profile said.

Kristin dedicates much of her time to programs that help move women forward, “I want to help women find the confidence to shamelessly self-promote themselves,” states St. Marie.

With a passion to advance women in their careers, their personal lives, and wellness, she in an advocate and an inspiration. “I try to find ways I can be involved and impact change for women,” states St. Marie.

She is an active member of several organizations, and takes a special interest in mentoring students and young professionals. She co-created the Women’s Networking Association for MSU, which works to create opportunities for connection, leading more than 50 events a year that are curated to develop career growth and empower leaders.

“I want every young woman to know they have support and that they are in control,” St. Marie said. “We are all supporting each other. If you are in a spot where you can connect with women, you should be reaching down to help more women up!”


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