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Kristen Samuelson

Founder/Executive Director,

Three Little Birds Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support

What lessons can we learn from women?

LISTENING! Every woman has a unique and inspiring story to tell. If you give them space and support, they will share. Giving validation and respect will only garner positive outcomes!

Who is the most influential woman you know? How does she inspire you?

Desiree Miller, my business partner. She is a professional photographer, perinatal bereavement advocate and the best friend anyone could ask for. Without her, Three Little Birds would not be what it is today. She does so much for so many people without expecting praise or a thank you. She gives so much of herself and maintains a work/life balance that I admire.

If you could meet any successful woman, who would you choose?

I admire SO MANY women, but I would have to say either Michelle Obama or Dolly Parton. Both are authentic advocates that give so much of themselves and have overcome so many barriers and yet have stayed true to themselves and made major change!

What is the best part about being a women in business?

Being in charge! Last year, I left my successful career of 22 years. I did everything that was asked of me - I went to college, got the great job and was utterly burnt out and unfufilled. With a passion for advocacy through my personal experience, I took a leap of faith in advocacy to build our nest at Three Little Birds. The best part - Im in control! I make my own schedule, determine what is important and can focus on dedicating my time to the needs of my community in a way that makes sense for me!

What barriers have you faced and how did you overcome them?

A side from the struggles of being a woman in business, there are many taboos and stigmas around the death of a baby or loss of a pregnancy. Ive had more people run away from me than want to engage with me about what I do. Slowly but surely, through the efforts of Three Little Birds and the other amazing advocacy groups in the region supporting shared mission, we are making effective change and our voices are being heard. It takes a village!

What advice do you have for young women who want to be in a leadership position?

Think big but work small. I can see the future and it is bright, but it will take a lot of little steps to get there. Also, don't get caught up in titles. Show up, do the work and lead by example. Be your title don't have a title.

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