Kristen Hadeed


  • Speaker
  • Workshop Facilitator

Kristen Hadeed works with leaders, teams, and organizations across the globe to embrace their humanity. Industry agnostic and purpose-driven, her mission is to build a better world through courageous, compassionate leadership. A TEDx speaker, Kristen is also the author of “Permission To Screw Up”.


Live and lead with courage and compassion.

Authentic Leadership Business Leadership Collaboration and Team Trust Cultural Transformation Emotional Intelligence and Empathy Human Potential Leadership Keynotes Leading with Vulnerability Speakers Mindset Self-Care for Leaders Servant Leadership Women in Leadership Workplace Wellness

Popular Talks

  • Helping teams navigate change
  • Offering a blueprint to bridge the generational gap
  • Helping teams identify their weaknesses and work together to become stronger
  • Facilitating feedback sessions such as 360 reviews
  • Leading brainstorming conversations to facilitate change in an organization
  • The future of work

Speaking, Workshops, & Consulting


  • Teaching leaders and organizations to be more human
  • Building cultures of belonging
  • Creating the space for teams to build and/or rebuild trust
  • Helping organizations inspire their people, regardless of industry
  • Giving people the tools to take their communication skills to the next level

“Kristen is truly a treasure chest of creative ideas and has a unique ability to provide and inspire with unconventional wisdom that helps drive a forward-thinking, progressive culture. Kristen’s work with leaders at Whitmor has had a meaningful impact on those individuals, adding fuel to the speed in which we continue to build upon our strong people-first culture. Above all else, I feel very blessed to be able to call Kristen a friend – I’m a stronger leader and person because of it.”
– Scott Felsenthal, CEO, Whitmor

“Kristen has become one of Cardinal’s top external thought leaders. She brings the rare combination of amazing storytelling skills coupled with a powerful vision of the future of leadership. If you are looking to motivate a team or your entire company, there is no greater option available today than Kristen Hadeed.”
– Peter Lynch, Chief People Officer, Cardinal Group Companies

“Looking for a leadership expert and speaker who will wow your audience and help them laugh, learn, and lead? Well then Kristen Hadeed is your answer! I had the privilege of creating a custom digital program with Kristen for our Women’s Leadership Group in the Summer of 2020. We received such tremendous feedback from the session that we partnered with Kristen to develop a 4-part custom deep-dive series this past year. Kristen’s energy is incredible and her ability to keep people engaged is electric. I can’t wait to work with her on more upcoming projects.”
– Courtney Mesmer, VP of Member Learning and Experience, Finseca

"Kristen is, without question, one of the most inspiring, genuine, and authentic leaders I have ever met."

Kristen Hadeed believes that authentic, human leadership can change the world.

At 19, with hardly any leadership experience, Kristen started a cleaning business called Student Maid. She never expected it to be her career; it was simply a way to earn money while she was in college. But before she graduated, her company received a contract to clean hundreds of apartments—and it changed her path forever. Kristen hired a team of 60 people to help her, and within days, 75% of that team quit. That’s when Kristen’s obsession with learning how to lead began.

Over the next 14 years, Kristen learned a lot by screwing up. But most importantly, she learned how to lead from her heart. Doing so helped her take Student Maid from a small cleaning company to a business known on a global scale for its culture of belonging, its focus on people, and its purpose of building leaders.

Kristen’s work has been featured in news outlets including PBS, FOX, Inc., NBC, TIME, and Forbes. Kristen’s book, “Permission To Screw Up”, has sold more than 40,000 copies worldwide. Her first TED Talk has more than three million views on YouTube.

Let’s collaborate to ensure a transformative experience.