If you opened your own business, what would it be? 

For years I have been searching and exploring the things that professionally excite me the most. One thought that came back over and over again is how can I help to normalize and de-stigmatize Workplace Mental Health. So, right now I am working on a Workplace Mental Wellness concept (or think about a gym for the mind). A space that supports, educates and inspires professionals to regain control over their mental health whilst helping workplaces to build mentally healthier cultures.

What advice would you give your younger self? 

That whatever happened in the past is not who you are. Always stay true to yourself and don’t let the opinion of others lead you in the wrong direction. You will do things that seem impossible, challenging and messy but that’s the beauty of your journey. Own it - ALWAYS!

Exceptional Skills- 

I have a knack for generating ideas and solutions and turning them into concrete action plans.

What makes you feel fulfilled? 

Seeing a smile in someone’s face after a difficult conversation – it tells me that something has shifted and it’s usually for the better.

When asked to describe yourself, what’s the first word that pops into your mind? 

Hungry.  I am hungry for new life experiences – like moving countries or simply learning how to ride a motorcycle.   I am hungry for growth – be it in myself or stimulating others to consciously stepping out of the comfort-zone.  I am hungry for making myself better every single day – I like to challenge myself especially my inner critical voice.  I am hungry to make a positive impact towards society – I enjoy giving time towards projects and initiatives that help change lives.

Favorite Book- 

One of my recent favorite audiobooks has to be “Kick-ass with Mel Robbins”. I love this woman’s no-BS and unconventional style. All 8 coaching sessions are totally relatable – be it procrastination or self-acceptance. I never had so many aha-moments over a course of 6 hours. In short, she kicked my ass to identify the stories I have been telling myself and what triggers a certain behavior.

What makes your heart race? 

Oh definitely being the center of attention. I am still not very good at it and even thinking about it makes me nervous.

Organization or cause near to your heart- 

It has to be Mental Health. My own experience taught me many lessons; especially that hiding and not talking about it will only make it worse. I believe there is an urgency to move mental health to the forefront of our conversations to eliminate shame and fear of being judged, misunderstood or rejected.

What keeps you up at night? 

If it’s not my dog Cooper who’s trying to make his way into our bed, it’s a ton of new ideas that are popping up in my head. Of course, which have disappeared in the morning since I never write them down.

What is a belief you once held but no longer do? 

I grew up in East Germany (think about North Korea without a “mad” leader). For many years, I used to believe that I was less educated and not as worthy as my West German friends. Unfortunately, the media often magnified this belief. Thank god, I proved everyone and more importantly myself wrong.

What are you interested in connecting with other women about?

I’d love to hear about other women’s life journeys – what made it so interesting and what are the raw and uncut messy parts. I am all for real conversations and exploring ways on how we can help one-another to grow and reach bigger life goals.

Kristin Sauter

Professional Multi-Tasker

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