Kristin Wingfeld

Business First feature about an LYO Alumna

We were all proud to see the feature published by Business First about the impressive work of Kristin Wingfeld, a former member of the LYO.

Photo:  Ron Bath

Kristin Wingfeld, vice president, Fund for the Arts

Age: 36

Birthplace: Memphis, Tenn.

Residence: Hikes Point

Family: Married to Loren Wingfeld, three children

Education: Bachelor’s degree in music, minor in business; master’s degree in business administration, University of Louisville

Donates time to: Main Street Association, Hearts and Hands, various ministries at Southeast Christian Church

Volunteer hours per month: Three

Hours worked per week: 45

Shopping weakness: Craft projects for her kids, boutique groceries and anything from Target

Fantasy job: Owner, Full Belly Deli; scuba dive expedition leader; doula and lactation consultant

Interesting fact:“My maiden name is Drown, I married a lifeguard instructor and am a certified scuba diver. Coincidence? I think not.”

Guilty pleasure TV show: NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent “

Passions: The arts, connecting with her kids/husband and promoting Louisville

Motto:“Try to leave the world better than I found it. Live simply, laugh often, and love always.”

Why did you choose your career path?

“I have a great appreciation and love of the arts. I saw firsthand the positive impact the arts can have in a child’s life and on the community.

“I am a ‘recovering clarinet player,’ having played from fourth grade through college. I played in the Louisville Youth Orchestra for three years.

“The life lessons learned through the arts — self discipline, teamwork, self evaluation — have served me well throughout my life. I want to make sure that these experiences are available to all members of our community.”

Describe your job.

“I lead the Fund for the Arts education and outreach initiatives, which include several direct granting programs, a scholarship and several programs that involve partnerships with local school districts and arts providers. (Wingfeld has been with Fund for the Arts since 1998, where she began as an intern.)

“I also have campaign responsibilities to achieve results in a portfolio of workplace campaigns, grants and corporate giving. Finally, I manage the execution of our newly developed strategic plan.”

Describe the most fulfilling moment in your career.

“Walking into the meeting room to a round of applause after the executive committee had approved my promotion to vice president.

“I was humbled they thought enough of my contributions to the organization and our community to honor me with the new position.”

Describe how your early work experiences shaped your work ethic.

“Following my experience at Subway (Wingfeld’s first job), I was a server at a local restaurant, an umpire for girls 10 and up softball and sales associate at Brookstone.

“Each of these jobs required a lot of hard work and perseverance. They were not necessarily fun jobs. But I am glad that I experienced each of them, especially the umpiring job. It taught me how to stick to my decisions and deal with difficult people.”

Who do you consider to be your mentor or role model?

“I have two, Allan Cowen and Barbara Sexton Smith (both former leaders of the Fund for the Arts). I worked very closely with both of these incredible people for more than 10 years.

“Allan is an incredible visionary, is willing to make the hard decisions for the betterment of the whole, and always had my best interests in mind.

“Barbara is a great connector, motivator and manager. I feel that both of these people have greatly influenced how I do my work today.”