18 Dec Geek of the Week, Kristen Haglund
Kristen is an international women’s empowerment speaker, lead anchor at Styrk, the new digital news organization founded by Scott Rasmussen, president of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation, and served as Miss America 2008.
A regular commentator on women’s health, politics, social issues and entertainment, she appears frequently on “Hannity,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “Red-Eye,” “Fox & Friends Weekend” & “The Real Story” on Fox News Channel, on Huffington Post LIVE, “Real News” on The Blaze and “Dr. Drew On Call” on HLN.
She has contributed writing pieces for the Huffington Post, the National Eating Disorders Association Journal “Making Connections,” has been a featured blogger for 2013 Binge Eating Disorders Association Weight Stigma Awareness Week, as well as established her own blog on BlogHer.com.
During her year with the Miss America Organization, she served as Goodwill Ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network, appeared as one of SHAPE magazine’s “Women Who SHAPE’d the World in 2008,” and was a tireless advocate for increased awareness of eating disorders as a public health priority, having overcome a battle with anorexia as a young ballet dancer.
On behalf of this cause, she has made guest speaking appearances at Harvard University, the National Press Club in Washington D.C., and for the United States Congress while lobbying with the Eating Disorders Coalition for Mental Health Parity and the FREED Act.
Kirsten studied musical theatre performance at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Political Science in May 2013.