Kristyn Stintzi
Innovation Catalyst, American Family Insurance

Kristyn Stintzi is a Wisconsin native and graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Anthropology, where her intense curiosity of people and culture was nurtured. She currently works an innovation coach at American Family Insurance, supporting the organization through transformation. Kristyn leads teams in developing entrepreneurial skill sets, leveraging approaches and tools from lean startup, design thinking, and agile and product management, and guides teams through gaining customer empathy, idea exploration, problem validation, experimentation, product-market fit, and growth. She is passionate about shifting the focus of work from outputs to value-driven outcomes, creating an inclusive and highly engaging workplace, and establishing strong connections to customers and community in day-to-day work. A couple of years ago, Kristyn started exploring how entrepreneurial approaches can be leveraged and adapted in other contexts to incorporate an emphasis on learning and iteration, outcome measurement and deep customer/community involvement. She mentors with the Commons Student Skills Accelerator and Cardinal Stritch's Mission Fuel Nonprofit Accelerator in Milwaukee, advises the Madison Metropolitan School District in developing an internal innovation team to support equity-based innovation across the district, and has facilitated various cross-functional groups within Dane County in exploring and piloting solutions related to income inequality and justice-involved youth. Having spent her entire career in the private sector, Kristyn is excited to learn even more about nonprofits and the public sector through her time with New Leaders Council. She is particularly curious about how approaches that have been used to grow companies and products might be leveraged within campaigns to connect candidates to causes that communities deeply care about and increase citizen trust and participation in our democratic system. Kristyn is obsessed with her two rescue dogs, Waylon and Hugo, and loves reading, exploring cities, skiing, and being on the water as much as possible.