Meet the Interns: Krista

KristaPicWe are excited to announce that two new interns have joined our team and we want you to meet them. Let’s begin with Krista!

Hi, my name is Krista! I go to Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. I’m an incoming senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising with a double minor in Marketing and Digital Media. I’m involved with Marquette Volunteer Corps as a Team Leader and the Wakerly Media Lab as a Creative Media Associate. I love exploring new places, listening to music (and making too many Spotify playlists), and sitting at local coffee shops drinking chai lattes. My family consists of my younger brother, my mom and dad, and my crazy doggy.

How did you get connected to LeaderShape?
I saw a poster about LeaderShape at school, and I kept getting emails about it. So I decided to apply. I had no idea what to expect, but it was the best decision I made at Marquette thus far. They tell you it’ll be a “life-changing” experience, they weren’t kidding, it was life-changing!

What is something from your involvement from LeaderShape that you continue to apply or work towards in your life?
I’m drawn toward social justice advocacy. LeaderShape gave me a voice to speak out for those who cannot. It made me learn how to be an inclusive leader, and lead with integrity.
Tell us about your personal hero.
A woman named Ann. She works as a volunteer coordinator for the Milwaukee Jail Visiting Program. She’s been involved with the jail since the 1970’s, offering an outlet for inmates to find hope again. Many of the inmates do not have visitors, and I had the opportunity to work with Ann and be a part of the Visiting Program this past spring. Ann is a Godsend for these men and women in the jail. She is making a positive impact on so many lives, and simply does it out of the goodness of her heart. She’s a social justice warrior, and definitely one of my heroes.

If you could speak to everyone in the world at the same time, what would you say?
Always look for the good, rather than the bad. Be fueled by love, rather than hate.

Could you share a quote that you find particularly motivating or inspiring?
“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”

We know you have a pretty full schedule. If you were given a completely free day, with no obligations, what would you do?
Go exploring! Try new things, take pictures of beautiful places, and spend time with the ones that mean the most to me.

Anything else you want to add?
Get involved with something new – no matter what it might be. It’s important to step out of your comfort zone and say yes to the things that would normally scare you. Who knows, you might just love it! As the saying goes, you’ll never know until you try.


: a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities
: a person who is greatly admired

Heroes. They can be world leaders, pop stars, creatives, activists, family members, a neighbor. They can be found anywhere.

We all love heroes, don’t we? Heroes can prove to us that the fight is worth fighting. They help us learn to persevere – to keep fighting – even when it feels as though we have been defeated. Heroes teach us that nobody is perfect and that imperfection is no reason to give up.

Heroes can inspire us to find and act on our own greatness. They show us that we can make an impact. We can make the world a better place.

We asked our interns about someone they consider a personal hero. This is what they shared…

My personal hero is an 18 year old Pakistani girl who once said, “It is also important that we should say no to wrong. And if there is something going wrong we must have the confidence to say that this thing is going wrong, and we must raise our voice.” That 18 year old girl is Malala Yousafzai. I admire her fearless perseverance in the fight for girls’ education. Her bravery, kindness and eloquence are traits that awe and inspire me! – Clivane

Hmmm… I don’t know that I have a “personal hero”. I honestly like to find inspiration and motivation from individuals. My peers, my friends, my fraternity brothers, my family members have such incredible stories. Their stories are able to be related to and are real. Seeing people around me overcome incredible obstacles and excelling in what they love is so inspiring to me. – Blake

When you think about someone who is a hero in your eyes, who comes to mind?
Share your own personal hero with us in the comments. 

Meet the Interns: Clivane

A new intern has joined the LeaderShape team, ready to contribute to our community engagement work. We’re happy to introduce you to Clivane…

IMG_5125Hi! My name is Clivane Previlon (@clivaneprevilon) and I am entering my final year at York University in Ontario, Canada. I created my own major of study through an Individualized Studies program, so I specialize in communications at York University’s bilingual Glendon Campus. I currently work as a Media & Communications Ambassador at Student Community & Leadership Development at York U and my on-campus involvement ranges from volunteer work, internships and student organizations like Lean In and Her Campus. As an aspiring communications professional, I love writing, editing, social media, video editing and graphic design. When I’m not writing, I am reading and when I’m not reading, I love exploring the city and hanging out with my best friends.

How did you get connected to LeaderShape?12304533_10156283522185652_4185967225000681397_o
I had the opportunity to attend the Institute in October 2015 and Day 7 left me with so many questions! Luckily, my questions were answered in the weeks following my return from the Institute as I talked and blogged about my experience. I continued to stay connected with LeaderShape’s social media and through the Daily Inspiration emails. It was on the Facebook page that I first heard about the Marketing Intern opportunity and the rest was history!

What is something from your involvement from LeaderShape that you continue to apply or work towards in your life?
My GAG (Going Against my Grain habit) from the Institute became my #OneWord365 for 2016! This year, I decided to live by the word VULNERABILITY. As a self-reliant, private introvert, I’ve always shied away from vulnerability in my leadership. Now as a graduate of the Institute, I strive to embrace vulnerability every day. As a result, I find that my relationships are deeper and I feel strengthened by the support I have received from others.

We know you have a pretty full schedule. If you were given a completely free day, with no obligations, what would you do?
I’d head to the bookstore to buy some new books, and then spend the day in my happy place:  lounging with books and snacks in my backyard.

Anything else you want to add?
Whoever you are, whatever work you do and whatever you are going through right now, please remember to “celebrate the small victories.” This is something my roommate taught me at the Institute and it is applicable to your struggles and your successes. Take time to realize how far you’ve come. Practice self care. Express gratitude. You may have 99 problems, but you probably have at least 999 things to celebrate and be thankful for <3.