Carolyn Chrisman – President of the Board of Directors and Executive Director of Kirksville REDI, Innovation Center and the Small Business Center in Kirksville, Missouri
GMLC Year and a best memory: GMLC 2015. Getting to use the Boeing simulator was awesome! Preparing a meal at Harvesters Food Bank was eye-opening.
What is the most rewarding part of your job? I love helping my community prosper economically so that all citizens can have a better life.
Book recommendation: I just completed “Never Split the Difference” by Chris Voss. It provided great advice on how to negotiate on various things–like a pay increase!
Listening to: I like the “Best of Both Worlds”. It is two working moms, who share how they make the best of their work and family world.
Best voting memory of voting: This is from when I was a teacher in 2008. I only live 30 minutes from Iowa. So I was able to go to both to the Republican and Democratic caucuses in Iowa that year to record how they worked. I created a class lesson to share with my students. Totally awesome!
The hardest thing you ever did and what you learned from it: My hardest decision was to leave teaching, which I loved, to pursue a new career in economic development. It has been a great decision!