Kristin Leiber is thrilled to serve Dallas Startup Week for her second year, this time as the Hospitality Track Co-Captain and a member of the DSW18 Planning Committee for Special Events! As a CPA with a background in accounting/finance but with a heart for people, Kristin now spends her time founding The L3 Hostel, a forthcoming Downtown Dallas hostel and lounge. A passion project of many years, The L3 Hostel is a Dallas-based travel community championing affordable, modern travel and promoting the sharing of spaces, lives, and experiences worldwide. Additionally, she freelances as a conference and event planner, most recently for The Power of One Conference, a conscious and intention living conference in Grapevine, TX, as well as a coordinator at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center. Equally as important as her career activities are Kristin’s volunteer commitments as an ambassador for Sofar Sounds, which creates intimate, pop-up, live music experiences in everyday spaces, as well as an advocate for foster children with Dallas CASA. In her free time, you can find Kristin perusing estate sales, jamming to live music, or listening to one of her (millions of) podcasts covering everything from business pitches to Bravo TV breakdowns. Kristin lives in the Oak Lawn neighborhood with her husband and dog.
Find Kristin on Instagram here: @kmleiber & @l3hostel
Q&A With Kristin
Why did you get involved with Dallas Startup Week?
Dallas Startup Week won't plan itself!!! After a taste of being a track captain last year, I wanted to do it again and use my experience to take my track to the next level! I'm energized by the work it takes to plan an effective track: lots of curiosity and elbow grease, lots of humbly seeking speakers and donations, and lots of listening to what the hospitality community wants and needs to hear!
What are you looking forward to in being a Track Captain?
I'm most looking forward to bringing people together! Whether you are a seasoned expert or a tentative newcomer, you all have talents and dreams that uniquely yours. Magic happens within these 5 days, and I believe our conversations will spark passion and creativity within each other that will benefit the community!
What is your favorite part about Dallas Startup Week?
The creative energy during Dallas Startup Week is incredible! Ideas and inspiration saturate every single event, and I can confidently say that I did more and better networking in this one week than I did the rest of the year.
What should attendees look forward to in participating in your Track?
I would argue that "Hospitality" covers more ground than just about any other track at Dallas Startup Week, so Meagan and I are BRINGING IT with the programming! We'll cover food & beverage, senior living, the hotel industry, retail...basically any industry that includes a guest experience! We have experts that will share their stories and starts, and we'll throw in a couple experiential events to keep things spicy!
The first word or phrase that comes to mind when you think of our local startup community?
How will your expertise contribute to Dallas Startup Week?
Through my work on The L3 Hostel and various conferences, I've spent my last several years exploring hospitality and how to create a meaningful guest experience. However, as the saying goes, "I know enough to know that I don't know enough", so I'm confident mostly in my ability to put together a kick-ass lineup of people who can share their wisdom with the rest of us wannabes!
If you could be one cartoon character, who would it be and why?
Bob Belcher. He's sensible, but also unfazed by chaos. He owns and manages a divey burger joint (hello, entrepreneur!) and comes up with hysterical burger-themed puns. He's a tad pessimistic, but cares deeply about the people he loves. Also, his moustache is excellent. If only we could all be more like Bob.