Movers and Shakers

Profile: Kristen Rivera

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Job title(s) and responsibilities: "My full-time J-O-B is as a 5th grade teacher at Enos Garcia Elementary School. I am also a lead for Parent Teacher Volunteer Committee at EGES. I coordinate/plan meetings, organize fundraisers, coordinate volunteers when needed, support teachers and parents.

"My passion is helping others improve their health. I am a Juice Plus distributor and wellness educator.

I am a School Lead for Network to Transform Teaching (NT3) initiative for our school district.

I am lead for Las Compadres in Commerce. I plan meetings, run online group, schedule sharing opportunities, coordinate and plan pop-up boutiques (including fundraisers)."

How many years in present occupation/business endeavor?

"I am in my 13th year as a teacher; 1 year, 8 months as a Juice Plus distributor and wellness educator; 7 months with NT3; 2 years, 8 months with Las Compadres in Commerce."

What lessons have you learned in your career that have influenced the advice you would lend to girls/women who want a career in your industry?

"Some lessons that I have learned in my career that have influenced the advice that I lend to other girls and women who want a career in this or any industry are to continually learn, grow, and improve. I encourage women to seek new knowledge/skills and to have courage and confidence to get up and get out there and make things happen. I also believe in the power of coming together to work towards our individual goals while serving one another. I also believe that putting others above yourself, is also a very powerful tool to grow your own business, as well."

What do you think is the biggest issue for women in the workplace?

"The biggest issue for women in the workplace is finding the time to balance all of life's responsibilities. It can be challenging to get it all done, but we have the skill set to make it all happen."

Who leaders do you admire and why?

"Female leaders that I admire include the women in Las Comadres in Commerce. They are all very busy women with full-time careers and/or families, and they are still successful in their respective businesses, and make time to grow and help improve our group. They all bring a variety of strengths and skills to the group, and together we are stronger, more productive and have a greater reach."

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