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Founder and Creator of The Kind FesT
I am a mom of 2 sweet daughters, a wife to a kind man, a networker and connector, and a woman who believes in people's potential individually and collaboratively to create a kinder world.
In May of 2015, just 6 months after I was diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue, I laid in bed with my girls, then ages 5 and 7, feeling gratitude for all the ways the power of kindness had supported my quick recovery. While kindness had always been a value of mine, there were new lessons to be learned through this illness about receiving kindness and practicing it towards myself. The power of kindness had changed my life and continues to do so every day.
I began to dream up a large scale way to share the power of kindness, compassion, connection, and community and inspire change in the system we live in. I wanted to make a difference in the world by putting my attention and energy into something that gave us all hope, inspiration, joy, and happiness. I began to wonder, "What if instead of resisting the things we didn't like, we promoted the things we did like? What if I could use a community festival to promote kindness!?” I envisioned The Kind Fest as a platform for artists, leaders, businesses, organizations, and volunteers to help teach, inspire, and empower people to create a kinder world. I hoped that The Kind Fest would be a catalyst for the change we all so desperate seek within ourselves, our relationships, our neighborhoods, our work place, our organizations, our systems, our government, and ultimately our planet. Call me a dreamer but I believe it's possible that together, we can create a kinder world.
So in May of 2015, I bought the domain name and took baby steps towards my dream. In August of 2017 we held the very first Kind Fest with around 1000 attendees. I dream that The Kind Fest evolves and grows into whatever it needs to be to move us towards more connection, joy, and community starting right here in Washington. I hope you'll come join the movement.
Project Management & Marketing
Laura has over 20 years of experience in marketing, event planning, and project management for Microsoft. Laura brings her background and expertise to help build our brand and lead our communication and marketing. When Laura first heard about The Kind Fest, she knew she wanted to help because she believes that mindfulness and kindness is what has made a difference in her career at Microsoft.
Volunteers of a kinder world
We had over 75 volunteers help support the first Kind Fest in 2017! They came with enthusiasm, energy, gratitude, and so much kindness! We couldn't have made this event happen without their hard work and support! Thank you so much! If you are interested in volunteering for the 2018 festivals, please click here.