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Jan 11, 2024

"If you can find joy with the perceived dark parts of yourself, it’s so much easier to find joy everyday." - Kristy Laschober

Kristy is the author of Perfectly Flawed: Uncovering Your Greatest Purpose. In it, she writes about her experience servign time in a federal prison sentence. 

Kristy has been a fierce advocate for re-entry and prison reform since her release from Federal Prison in 2017, advocating to provide new opportunities for second chances. Her successful fight to remove the criminal history box on all college applications, in the state of Oregon, was realized in 2020. This was achieved by collaborating with key partners, legislators, and higher education coalitions.

That same year, Kristy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Innovation and Leadership at Southern Oregon University, graduating summa cum laude.

Kristy recently published her first best-selling book, Perfectly Flawed - Uncovering Your Greatest Purpose. Her book is a raw, interactive, reflective reading experience, revealing the complexity of the human spirit in all of its glory, pain, and compassion. 

Kristy founded The Freedom Exchange Project, where she connects and has conversations with men and women impacted by the criminal legal system, to amplify their voices. Kristy has a certificate in Community Storytelling, is a Certified Peer Support Specialist, and is a member of the Faces of Women Imprisoned Speakers Bureau. Kristy is a board member of the Association for Justice-Involved Females and Organizations, a member of Unlock Higher Ed, and is the Pre-Release Coordinator and Policy Advocate at Operation Restoration. Kristy is an alumnus of Just Leadership USA - Leading with Conviction fellowship program in 2023.

Kristy is passionate about bridging communities and cultures so that people have opportunities to realize their ultimate potential.

In this conversation we talk about:

  • Facing shame
  • Becoming vulnerable and why it's so important
  • How to love ourselves

Links mentioned:

Episode 107, Facing Your Shame feat. Kristy Laschober

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