Chapter Spotlight: Kristin Davidson – Minneapolis-St. Paul
Kristin Davidson has been leading the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter for five years, empowering and inspiring hundreds of members.
As President of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter, my goal has been to empower women to celebrate and elevate themselves and each other. To be the example of what “stronger together” looks like when we champion all women…instead of competing with one another.
In my role as Chapter President, I continually use my resources to connect women with the right people who will help them to achieve their goals. It is an accomplishment of which I am most proud. If someone needs to write a new resume, I find someone to help them. If they want to work at General Mills, I reach out to my personal contacts to connect them with the right people. I have helped members find a new job, learn how to navigate LinkedIn, find a new accountant, start a fitness routine and have even given recommendations and referrals for household projects.
But the most rewarding part of being Chapter President is when a member says to me that I inspired them or gave them the confidence they needed. To make a difference by helping women be the best version of themselves…well, I cannot even put it into words. It’s fantastic.
Our Chapter volunteers for Feed My Starving Children every year. In fact, we held our fourth annual volunteer event at the Feed My Starving Children’s Coon Rapids location. It’s a great way to spend an evening helping those in need. It’s a very worthwhile cause and our members feel strongly about giving back to the community.
And my role as President allows me to give back by creating a forum for women to help each other. I also believe that having the title of IAW’s Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter President in my email signature and on my business cards definitely lends credibility to my professionalism!
Our next meeting will be on July 24th at WA Frost in St. Paul at 5:45pm. We are honored to have Jen Bertsch of Moxy Coaching as our guest speaker. She’ll be leading a discussion on the importance work life balance. The title of Jen’s talk is, “To lead others well, start with yourself.”
Using My Skills
Networking is my ultimate skill. It’s the single most important skill I share with my Chapter. I teach everyone to utilize their resources. If I can’t help someone achieve their goal…I guarantee you I know someone who can! Or they know someone who can…
I am the President of Ultra Green Packaging. I started working for company in 2014 and bought it in 2017.
Most of my career was spent in biotech/pharma in the startup/rare disease space. As with all startups, you are forced to wear many hats as you build the company. My work ethic and resilience served me well and ultimately led to a position as Senior VP of Sales and Business Development for a startup manufacturing company in the sustainable food service packaging space. I remained in that role for 2.5 years before purchasing the company.
Last year was a big year for me! In 2018, I was chosen as a Finalist in the Emerging Leader category for the Made in MN Manufacturing Awards. And, Ultra Green Packaging won a MN Business of Manufacturing award for Sustainability.
My goal is to increase sales so that I am able to provide more jobs and continue supporting Minnesota manufacturing. Domestically, I would like Ultra Green Packaging to be the grab ‘n go, take ‘n bake and to-go packaging of choice for all supermarket deli’s, QSR/Fast Casual and C-stores. Internationally, I would like to grow our existing business in Canada and Central and South America and expand into the Mexico market.
I plan to continue my role as Chapter President, and look forward to bringing even more women together and helping even more members succeed!