Manager

Kristen Skotko

I Help Others Succeed Because They’ve Helped Me

Developing trusted relationships and helping others thrive is my greatest thrill. I work side by side with clients and my team to support them in accomplishing what they wish to achieve. I align myself with what’s most important to them.

What has inspired you to stay at Bernstein for as long as you have?

The people at Bernstein and our solid commitment to talent development have kept me here and happy for a long time. On a daily basis, I am challenged by my colleagues who continuously push me to be the best version of my professional self. Rather than feeling complacent in my career, as I may have at other firms, I’ve constantly grown because of Bernstein. I attribute my professional development to being supported every step of the way by my superiors and colleagues. Even though I come from a background in public relations and marketing, I feel entirely confident in my current managerial role because of the confidence boost Bernstein gave me. Fortunately, because everything comes full circle, I’m now able to support others. By taking advantage of the firm’s training and allegiance to my professional success, I can actively contribute to the success of Bernstein’s clients, talent and culture.

What passions do you pursue outside of work?

From a young age, I was taught that quality time with family is one of the most important things in life. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, young son and our two dogs. We love to travel as a family, spend time at the lake or do anything outdoors to keep us busy and physically active. When I have a quiet moment to myself, which is a rarity, I enjoy going for a run or curling up on the couch with a good book.

Which book had the most profound impact on you and why?

Dare to Lead by professor, speaker, author and podcast host Brene Brown has been pivotal in terms of my self-growth. This book was enlightening and eye-opening for me. It put into perspective how important it is to live a life based on one’s personal value system in both the workplace and at home. Everything is connected after all. I strive to weave vulnerability, transparency and trust, skills that Brene addresses in her book, into my leadership style every day. My hope is to follow her lead and be the best version of myself, as opposed to trying to be someone else—and as a result, empower those around me. Brene lives her truth and I hope that in leading through action I will inspire others to do the same.

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