Be a part of the Kind Fest Team! SEEKING to fill volunteer positions
Social Media Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, and Entertainment Manager.
Please reach out to us on our VOLUNTEER form if you are interested in a job description and more information.
Meet the Founder & Kind Fest Visionary
In May of 2015, just 6 months after I was diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue, I laid in bed with my girls, then 5 and 7, feeling gratitude for all the ways the power of kindness had supported my quick recovery. A recovery I was told would take at least a year. My healing came through community, connection, play, joy, random acts of kindness, and extra doses of compassion. Kindness looked like delivered meals, help with household tasks, surprise gifts at my doorstep, spending time connecting with self and others, taking up acrylic painting, daily walks, learning how to slow down and rest, learning to say no, cuddling more with my girls, being compassionate with my humanness, support from outside sources, and much more. I began to dream up a large scale way to bring about these healing practices and change to more people. I thought, “What if we could do all of this through a festival!?” I envisioned creating The Kind Fest as the platform for artists, leaders, businesses, organizations, and volunteers to help elevate the power of kindness, community, cooperation, and connection. I hoped it would help create a kindness movement healing the world one person at a time. So in May of 2015, I bought the domain name and here we are. While I don’t claim perfection in kindness, I aspire to learn how I can practice more kindness and compassion in everyday living. The more I practice, the more healing, connection, and joy I experience in my life. I’m a big dreamer, an intuition and heart follower, a risk taker, a story teller, an energetic action taker, and passionate about co-creating with kind people who want to make this world a better place.
Visit her IndieGoGo site if you are interested to learn more or contribute to her efforts
Meet the Project Manager Laura Stanton
Laura comes with over 16 years of experience in marketing, event planning, and project management for Microsoft. Laura brings her background and expertise to help build our sponsor and vendor registration, marketing, and direct event operations. When Laura first heard about The Kind Fest, she knew she wanted to help because she believes that mindfulness and kindness is what has made a difference in her career at Microsoft these last 5 years. Laura determined that she would take back her work/life balance and strive to make a difference in people (vs. focusing on “just the work”). Laura recently retired as a way to show herself some priority and kindness through taking control back on her health.
Meet the Kindness Experience Designer
Erin uses creative problem solving and design thinking frameworks to help organizations, businesses, and individuals grow and take on their next big thing. She obsesses over creating experiences that help build community, increase reach, and build momentum for social good. She is delighted to use the resources of Studio Bask her Portland-based design thinking studio, to help with the inaugural Kind Fest. She will be leading the OpenIDEO Portland community through a design challenge in order to design an Experience of Kindness for the festival.
Meet our Sponsorship Specialist
Stacey has over 18 years’ experience in sales, program management and marketing in the technology industry. She has great passion for volunteering and giving back. Stacey has traveled with missionary organizations, volunteered to develop training for NGOs, local youth sports and national organizations for youth. She has worked on the Microsoft giving campaign multiple times and enjoys giving back locally, nationally and globally. She saw The Kind Fest as an opportunity to create, share and promote kindness and connect with others who have similar beliefs.
Meet our Holistic Habitual Excellence Coach
Ever since Amanda was a little girl, she can remember having an intense desire to spread love, hope, and kindness. Her passion for serving others and helping to cultivate environments for individuals to flourish only grew from there! She is currently a personal trainer specializing in human movement through the lens of neurology, respiration, and biomechanics as well as a holistic lifestyle coach. In sanskrit there is a phrase which defines her passion and inner operating desires. Sthira Sukham Asanam; which means to embody a posture of feeling grounded and free. Amanda believes that we all have the capacity to cultivate this feeling in our bodies, minds, and souls. The key is kindness. If we are kind to our bodies, minds, and souls we will be grounded in who we are and what is ours to do which will lay the foundation for our passions and consciousness to flourish free, radiating kindness with every heart beat and every action we take. Amanda is here to support The Kind Fest team so that we can serve and create from our healthiest and best selves.