We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristin Borns and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristin, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Opening up Borns Solutions AZ was not an initial goal when I began my professional career over 20 years ago. However, the longer I worked the more I began seeing potential opportunities to go out on my own and work on projects I cared about with people who were driving missions that I supported. Fast forward to the birth of my first child and suddenly the desire to work this way was in parallel to a want to be more present and flexible as a mother. Recognizing the timing might be right, I reached out to an established network to talk about interest and opportunity. I believed then, and do even more so today, that my varied experience in government, non-profits, advocacy and policy give me a perspective that is truly unique in the consulting field.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Borns Solutions AZ is a consulting firm with a focus on facilitation, public policy, communication and project management. I believe, in all I do, that smart policy drives wise decision-making and can make inroads for families and communities. This policy lens makes BSAZ unique. I also believe we as a community are only successful and sustainable when all members have resources, opportunity and a voice. COVID-19 has continued to shatter illusions that we are all in the “same boat.” My work with facilitation is laser-focused on hearing those who know, who experience whatever the challenge being discussed is, and being a support to those collaboratives in identifying their own solutions. Recognizing how inter-connected we all are, the critical importance of a network – both professional and personal – is one of the key lessons I’ve learned along the way. Establishing and growing my business has not been easy, but I have been the beneficiary of supportive networks, family and a little luck. There is no such thing as “having it all” and so I look to my support networks to help when the balance is off. That support is key in overcoming any professional challenges. I’ve also discovered along the way the best marketing I can do is delivering the highest-quality product for clients. I truly believe great work begets more work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First, I love my South Tempe neighborhood of nearly 20 years. With quick access to Changing Hands Bookstore and fantastic family-owned restaurants like Yupha’s Thai and Vincitorio’s, we often joke in our family that I am living my “two-mile life.” And now we are home to a newly minted Postino. Can’t wait for my Board & Bottle – to go of course! As a near-native, the Desert Botanical Garden is a wonderful way to showcase the beauty of the desert. There is a special magic to visiting the Garden during the holidays and enjoying Noches De Las Luminarias. One of our favorite places is the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. Both of my kids have loved going there- still do – and I am always amazed that while their enjoyment is equal, how they play and what they gravitate to is totally different. That is part of the joy of the museum, it feels personalized. And, in such a challenging time, they adapted and our family had the best time this summer with Camp in a Box! We cannot wait until we can safely return to play.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There have been a number of incredible clients who have continued to support me through the years and I am grateful for them personally and for how they serve our community. And, since he doesn’t get the credit he deserves, I want to be sure to recognize my husband. My success as a working mom is in part due to the fact my partner is an engaged, supportive working dad. These last six months have taught a number of lessons, but perhaps most important is that after nearly 25 years, we are still best as a team.