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Keynote Speaker Kristen Hadeed

Kristen Hadeed

Founder of Student Maid, Igniter at Start With Why

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Kristen imagines a world in which all organizations have cultures that empower people to keep climbing toward the best version of themselves every day. As the young leader of Student Maid, a successful cleaning company that hires students, Kristen has fostered a unique perspective on leadership, organizational culture and engaging the next generation. Her optimistic, energetic, and insightful keynotes and workshops unleash potential in others to exceed their wildest expectations. She is an expert in developing and teaching practical, readymade tools that inspire people to take action.

Over the last eight years, Kristen has challenged the millennial status quo. From her first leadership disaster, which resulted in three-quarters of her workforce quitting on the spot, to handing over day-to-day operations to a leadership team comprised of millennials, Kristen has learned what it takes to create a work environment that brings out the best in people of all ages. Student Maid has employed hundreds of people and is known for its culture of trust, accountability, and empowerment. Many of the students who have worked with Student Maid have gone on to run their own businesses and receive highly sought-after positions in companies around the world.

Today, Kristen helps organizations make a lasting, meaningful impact on people by creating environments in which they thrive. She has worked with organizations in a variety of industries including healthcare, education, retail, real estate, nonprofit, hospitality, aviation and consumer products. In October 2017, she published her first book, “Permission To Screw Up”, in which she tells the stories of her biggest mistakes in leadership. She hopes to inspire other leaders to share their “perfectly imperfect stories of success to empower people with the knowledge that even if they screw up, they can still make it. Kristen and Student Maid have been featured in news outlets including PBS, FOX Inc., TIME and Forbes. Her first TED Talk has received more than two million hits on YouTube.

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  • Kristen is a natural speaker and leader. She brings energy and enthusiasm to her audience as she relays tales about business, entrepreneurism, team building, and life. Her compassion for people shines, along with a sense of humor that engages and makes for a very enjoyable learning experience.

    Taysa Williamson

    Keller Williams Realtor

  • Kristen has a gift for building a personal connection with people. Her story and experiences immediately garnered the attention of our members. When sitting down with Kristen, it is so easy to relate to what she has to say- that is what makes her such an incredible speaker and leader. She inspires you to pursue your dreams and empowers you to make the decisions to achieve them. It is undeniable that hearing Kristen’s story will captive any audience.

    Greg Cohen

    UF Board of Directors

  • We began to hear a lot of “excuses” from all levels of our company around Millennials. We even started a culture where if you used the world Millennial it was a negative reference about someone. After working with Kristen and implementing some of her recommendations we’ve seen great results. Initially, we were ranked 23 out of 24 for larger operators on Speed of Service and on an Overall Scorecard. Last month we were #1 in the nation in SOS and top #5 in the national overall!

    VP of Operations

    Large Restaurant Group

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