Topics & Areas of Expertise
Mental Health, Invisible Disabilities
Burnout & Suicide Prevention
Navigating Neurodiversity for Individuals, their Communities, and Workplaces
Entrepreneurship, Corporate Culture
Digital Marketing, Creative Strategy
Live or Virtual Opportunities
Keynote, Panel, or Workshop
Based in Toronto, Canada (can travel)
Meet Kristin Light
Creative strategist, vintage dance specialist, and award-winning speaker, Kristin Light has split her multi-decade eclectic career between the boardroom and the ballroom.
Co-founder of Refvik & Light Productions, her boldly simplistic marketing strategy launched the event company from literal rubble to multi-six-figure revenue in its first full year. During the pandemic, Kristin pivoted to create K•Light Digital Charisma, a uniquely positioned digital marketing consulting agency. Today, Kristin is channelling her lived experience to drive change from within Canada's P3 world – specializing in employee engagement and change management for the Metrolinx-led ONxpress transportation venture, where she is proudly helping shape the future of corporate responsibility through resolute mental wellness and neuro-inclusive initiatives.
Kristin’s performing arts career spanned over two decades on both stage and screen. Her choreography skills have been featured in dozens of musical theatre productions, dance showcases, live events, and in more than a few first-dances at weddings. She was co-owner of Toronto’s Bees’ Knees Dance studio, a founding member of the award-winning dance troupe That Swing!, and in constant demand as a jazz-age vintage dance instructor. Kristin made her film debut in Mariah Carey’s Glitter (blink and you’ll miss it!).
A chance meeting in late 2019 led to Kristin channelling her 30+ years of stage and emcee experience into the world of inspirational speaking, quickly winning competitions with Speaker Slam International and receiving invitations to speak on multiple stages at events and corporate functions.
As a vivacious showgirl and successful entrepreneur, Kristin was perhaps the last person you’d expect to be suffering from a diagnosed mental disorder. For decades, she kept her struggles with major depression, anxiety, and panic hidden behind a carefully coiffed, sunny exterior. But following a brush with suicide that left her confined to a psychiatric ward, Kristin was forced to confront her illness head-on. She now speaks out to provide real insight and practical strategies that demystify the facts surrounding mental illness and neurodiversity using inspirational (and often hilarious) stories from her own personal and professional life.
Kristin lives in Toronto, Canada with her partner Alex, their foster dog Rudy, and a bevy of temperamental houseplants. She is a fierce advocate for low-barrier mental healthcare and the development of accessible treatment options to suit each person’s unique needs.
Kristin with Ari Silburt (That Swing!)
Promo photo by Haley Friesen 2014