The Power of the Authentic Advocate

How do you tap your lived experience, your expertise and your standing in your community to advance children’s issues? In this session, Grimm shows you how to find your best role from bridge builder to door opener to trusted community member. She’ll show you how to use your voice to raise important issues. You’ll learn how effective advocacy is a way to make a real difference.


Kristen Grimm is the founder and president of Spitfire Strategies. She has extensive experience conceiving, implementing and managing smart strategies that create lasting social change. She is also a communications trainer. She has helped hundreds of nonprofits and foundations develop winning communication campaigns.

She has worked for the Ford Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Pisces Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Surdna, Arthur M. Blank Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Carnegie, Media and Democracy Fund, Mott Foundation, Aspen Institute, NRDC, and many others. Kristen has a bachelor of arts from Smith College and serves on the boards of Grist, Potomac Conservancy, Mothers Out Front and the Windward Fund.