VOL. 130 | NO. 101 | Monday, May 25, 2015
I Choose Memphis: Kristin M. Walker
Special to The Daily News
“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.
Name: Kristin M. Walker
Job title and company: Project/Knowledge Manager, Shelby County Schools
Length of time living in Memphis: Over 30 years
Life history: I graduated from East High School and attended college at Xavier University of Louisiana and graduate school at Tulane University until Hurricane Katrina. After relocating here in 2005, I completed graduate school at the University of Memphis and cultivated a deeper appreciation and commitment to Memphis in ways that I never imagined. I actively serve on the board for two awesome organizations – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis and Memphis Beat the Odds Foundation. I also know that I am here to serve my city and proudly accept responsibility as a change agent for my community.
What would be your ideal Saturday in Memphis? Every good day starts with brunch on a patio followed by a little retail therapy at our local boutiques and shops. I would also love to stumble upon a street performance or event in Overton Square.
What would you come up with as a Memphis' catchphrase? If you don’t have anything to do in Memphis, then you’re doing it wrong! There is something to do every single day of the week in Memphis, and everything is easy to find. I follow the “I Love Memphis” blog, use the Memphis Flyer “Do Memphis” app, and when all else fails, I grab some friends and try a new restaurant.
Fondest memory of Memphis? Last year, I participated in New Memphis Institute’s M-Azing Race, a scavenger hunt like no other, and had the best time running through the streets of Downtown with virtual strangers. I remember being so excited about venturing out to do something new and meeting people who were just as excited about Memphis. Thoughts of that day remind me of how a little adventure always leaves you smiling or laughing at yourself.
Memphis’ most underrated trait? We know Memphis as a “big small town,” but I think we underestimate the level of access with the very few degrees of separation that exist between us. People in other cities likely envy the fact that many of us have the personal email addresses and phone numbers of major players and dignitaries at our fingertips, or we know someone who does. Just think of the impact we could have on our city of we joined forces and leveraged those connections to help one another and move Memphis forward.
Who are your local role models or mentors? I’m often inspired by the men, women and children who are the unsung heroes of Memphis. Those who pay it forward at drive-thru windows, make someone’s day with a smile, clean up their neighborhoods and teach our children are the heartbeat of our city. Their demonstrations of love, life and legacy challenge me to do my part in making a difference in Memphis.