You've heard about Dr. Gail Kist-Kline as a business woman, and as our time with her draws to a close, we would like to share a bit about who she is as a friend. We've asked Gails daughter, Allyson, to share some of her thoughts with us.
When Mom faces a difficult decision or needs to make a judgement quickly, she doesn’t blink. She always is so good about analyzing a situation and making a great decision. She’s not afraid to take risks, but only when they are in pursuit of a worthy goal. She always has my back. Whether it's helping me find the best recipe for a potluck or helping me write my first lesson plan, Mom always knows best... especially when it comes to food! Her chocolate chip cookies are amazing.
Mom puts an emphasis on the importance of family. During the holidays, she sets aside time to visit her mom, Carol, so they can fulfill a family tradition of making candies. They spend two entire days from eight to five whipping up batches of peanut brittle, buckeyes, and other amazing treats. As fun as this sounds, it’s an arduous process. It’s time consuming and physically demanding but Mom loves it. She gets to spend time with her mom doing something Carol is great at. They get to chat and catch up and Mom gets to spend time giving back to someone she truly admires and looks up to.
I know Mom has mentioned that she would have liked to be home more when she raised us. While I as a parent can absolutely empathize with her, I learned how to be a strong, independent person because I was watching her. Being a leader in STEM education can be a difficult road for any one and when mom started her career it couldn’t have been easy being a female leader. Watching her soar always looked effortless when I was a child but now I am able to see how hard she worked in all areas of her life and I have the utmost respect for her as a mom, a leader in STEM education, and as a person. She will forever be a tremendous role model in my life and I can’t imagine having a better mom.
We have so enjoyed featuring Dr. Gail Kist-Kline this month! Thank you for tuning in to hear the wisdom she has to share. If you haven't already, go to your favorite podcast app, search fadedRED, and listen! Don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a comment. We would love to hear from you!
In April, we'll be featuring Sherry Taylor, CEO of the Mason Deerfield Chamber. Don't miss her upcoming features:
Meet Sherry Taylor: April 3
A Letter to Her Younger Self: April 10
Interview on the fadedRED Podcast: April 17
Thoughts from a Friend: April 24