Kris Kelly

“Always be authentic. When people meet me, they’re comfortable because they see that I’m also comfortable.”

Sitting at one of her favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities, Sea Salt Eatery, Kris muses a little about her perspective on life. “Always be authentic,” she said. It’s become her motto. “When people meet me, they’re comfortable because they see that I’m also comfortable. And that’s why, I think, I’m good at what I do.”

In fact, Kris has been skilled in the art of people for quite some time now. During her school years, she won the award for being “Easiest To Talk To.” Coincidence? She laughs, “Probably not, yeah.”

But for her, authenticity isn’t just about connecting with people. It’s about being true to herself. Not shying away from exploring what she’s capable of, even when it means defying others’ definition of her.

“You wouldn’t see me and think I’m an athlete, I can say that.” But in fact, Kris has been training for and participating in triathlons. “I’ve completed three.” And even though it’s the ultimate expression in discovering her own potential, it’s something she does mostly for someone else: her kids.

Kris Kelly

"I Can"

“I have two girls. An eight-year-old and a six-year-old, and for them to see me… I want them to know that you can do anything, no matter what your shape or size. You put your mind to something, you can do it.” To reinforce the message, she brings her children into the race experience with her. “They’ll be there again this year, and they cross the finish line with me.”

It’s something that creates an almost indescribable moment, in itself. “You swim 500 yards, you bike 16 miles, and then you run a 5k. There’s people cheering for you, and they’re saying, ‘You’re getting closer, you’re getting closer.’ And there’s that point, you see the finish line and then you see… your kids get to run out. And cross the finish line with you, and….” She gives a heart-wrenched groan. “It’s such a proud moment as a mom. I’m glad they get to see it, but it also for me feels like, ‘YES. I can do this! I have three kids! Eight, six and four, and I can do this. I can do anything. I absolutely can.”

Lindsay Borth

A lead pharmacy technician for Allina Health Home Infusion, Lindsay Borth is a meticulous caregiver who forges her own path, both at work and at home.

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