“Kristen’s interactive presentations illuminate, inspire, enlighten, and amuse!” —

I speak on positive parenting, wellness & flourishing, creativity, happiness & any theme I write about

“She can really fill a room. She needs bigger rooms.” —


“We should do this again!” — someone after every event


I’m available to Emcee, Hostess, create Programming, or make a Special Guest appearance. Here are some of my past events—I’m happy to repeat!


  • The Fountain of You for Wellness Week at The Bellevue Club, January 2018: A look at the idea of a fountain of youth, with an inspection of the seven “pumps” of our mindbody systems.
  • Attend & Acheive RallyOakland Natives Give Back BTS event August 2017, Frank Ogawa Plaza. How the six principles of ZORGOS, the antidote to bullying, keep kids feeling good at school and at home.
  • Cartooning a Revolution, 2010, 2015  — Presention of Inside the Mills Revolution, a Cartoon History of the 1990 Student Strike for Strike Reunion events. A dramatic cartoon reading of an event that shines light on how colleges thrive, survive, or die.


  • I’m Rubber; We’re Glue: Teaching Kids Emotional Power & Self-Advocacy presentation @ San Ramon Valley PTSA October 2014
  • Stop Bullying with Positive Parenting with Dr. Louise Hart at Children’s Resources of Napa November, 2013
  • Deconstructing the Deco Diet — women’s history through the lens of vintage cookbooks Miami Beach & San Francisco Art Deco Societies, 2006


  • Being Human: How Literature Helps at AWP20, Houston TX (moderator)
  • Now What? Writing Groups at SFWC20, San Francisco CA (panelist)
  • Writers At Work – CWC April 2019 (producer)

Special Events

  • Family Wellness Night, “opening act,” led parents & students in Zumba, March 2020 (dance leader)
  • The Zorgos Awards, honoring local heroes who are the antidote to bullying, highlighting prevention concepts that work. October 15, 2017 (producer, emcee)


  • Drop Everything And Read day at Sequoia Elementary School in Oakland, 5 years. Story development of Little Pig’s Busy Day and I Was a Preschool Monster with the help of kindergarteners and 2nd graders.
  •  Strike Exhibit reception speech at the Mills Reunion
  • Poems, stories, and book excerpts for community, literary arts events and fundraisers. See listing here.


“Kristen was a wonderful speaker, full of genuine smiles and a nice sense of humor about life” — Wendy Bartlett

“Humorously honest and honestly humorous.” —Laura Nicodemus

Contact Kristen about speaking events for your community