Welcome to the Cultivate Speaker Series! At the conference, we'll have a variety of workshops that offer tools to equip and empower your faith journey. Speaker Series is an interview-style editorial about each speaker at Cultivate.
Let's meet Kristen Stevenson, learn more about her breakout session (Comparison, Vulnerability, and Perspective) and, how God has been working out this in her life.
Kristen's biggest passion is connecting to others through transparency and vulnerability, in hopes that her experiences can lead others to community. Comparison, Vulnerability, and Perspective will dive deeper into the struggles women face on a daily basis, provide hope of God's presence through establishing a community and making connections, and equip us with the courage to share our story with others going through tough times.
Tell us about you and your family.
I'm a wife, mom of two littles, and Director of Sales for the Holiday Inn Express in El Dorado Hills. I am also pursuing a side business called Color Street, which has been my focus the past 9 months and I love it! I have a passion for connecting with others, making new friends, and traveling with my family. I grew up in El Dorado Hills, attended college in San Diego, and moved back to the area 3 years ago with my family.
My family is crazy fun and busy! We have two kiddos, ages 4 and 3 who are only 16 months apart (intentionally-- what were we thinking?!). We also have a dog named Brody who was our first child. My family is my everything and when I'm not at work, I'm spending time with them and soaking up all of the memories.
Tell us about your faith journey.
I was born and raised in a Christian home and was always actively involved in church and youth group. When I attended college, I steered away from my faith for a bit, but by the time my Junior year came around, I had a vivid dream of Jesus speaking to me, which was a pivotal moment in my faith journey - a homecoming. Fast forward a few years later, I had the opportunity to work for a large church in San Diego. While I was on staff, I was exposed to circumstances that caused me to "burn out" from attending church. Over the past few years, I have continued to rebuild my faith and have allowed myself grace for what I had experienced. One way that God has continued to present Himself in my marriage and life is His perfect timing, which continually reaffirms me that He is taking care of me and is leading me where He wants me to be.
When you were asked to speak at Cultivate, what was your first reaction? Why?
I was caught completely off guard, yet I said &