Kristin Leiber is a native Fort Worth gal who moved to Big D after graduating from Texas A&M with a masters in accounting and receiving her CPA license. She cut her teeth in public accounting and in both private and public healthcare sectors, before leaving to found The L3 Hostel, a forthcoming hostel and lounge in downtown Dallas. She is a rabid live music enthusiast and fierce community supporter, as seen in her volunteer roles with SOFAR Sounds, Dallas CASA, Dallas Startup Week and Vogel Alcove. In her free time, you can find her exploring the city with her husband - Jack and canine sidekick - Ziggy, perusing estate sales for vintage vinyl, and listening to anything related to true crime.
Why did you get involved with Dallas Startup Week?
I was knee deep in corporate life last year at this time, and I remember sneaking in streams of Dallas Startup Week from my desk whenever I could. Watching the presentations and speakers inspired me to re-evaluate the trajectory of my life and to jump into the deep end. I was truly shocked by the desire of the people of Dallas willing to help a total stranger follow her dreams, and I feel it is my responsibility and honor to be able to help motivate others by developing the same programming that helped me step out on my own.
What are you looking forward to being a track captain?
I’m really very thrilled for my first foray into Dallas Startup Week to be as a track captain! I have none of the preconceptions and all the hopefulness and excitement of a first timer. I’m thrilled to be working so closely with a wide variety of industry leaders in a subject matter that is so new and so personal to me. My very favorite part of being a track captain is the number of like-minded people I’m meeting throughout the planning process, and it warms my heart to see that Dallas is bursting with creative minds and ideas. I’m also really looking forward to giving back to a community that has helped me enormously over the last year.
What was your favorite thing about Dallas Startup Week?
I'm a first timer!
What should attendees look forward to when attending events in your track?
Travel and tourism is naturally a very hands-on and experiential topic, so none of our events need a ton of hype! Each event is designed to get people out of their seats, out of their comfort zones, and out of their traditional perspectives on travel/tourism. This year, we’ve got a great mix of local and global presenters, and they’ll spend quite a bit of time on why a blend of the two is so important in the future of travel!
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