"Art is timeless. It transcends generations and speaks volumes without the need for words."

Future 50 Class of 2020

Kristin Harper

Author and co-founder, Pacesetters Unlimited

About: As previous global vice president of wound care and thermal at Cardinal Health, Kristin Harper led the post-acquisition integration of a market-leading global business while creating a high-performing culture for the newly combined team. Before joining Cardinal Health, Harper worked at Procter & Gamble and the Hershey’s Co. where she got to work on behalf of globally recognized brands such as Crest, Oral-B and Kisses candy.

In 2015, she established a $25,000 endowed scholarship for Ohio students attending her alma mater, Florida A&M University. With her husband she co-founded Pacesetters Unlimited, whose mission is to build a pipeline of African-American scholars with a focus on historically black colleges and universities. In less than 10 years, Pacesetters has raised more than $100,000 for scholarships, workshops, career shadow days at Cardinal Health and college tours for students.

Outside of work: Harper is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and co-chaired a campaign that raised more than $160,000 for scholarships. She’s the author of The Heart of Love’s Resurrection: A Spiritual Journey through Marriage, Divorce and Remarrying the Same Man and is working on her second book, The Heart of a Leader: 52 Emotional Intelligence Insights to Advance Your Career, which will be published in 2020.

50 ideas to move the region forward. Here's who else is in the Future 50 Class of 2020.

What does Columbus need to thrive? “Stimulate development through economic incentives to support small businesses and startups; celebrate artistic expression across the community’s diverse cultures and ethnicities; support education, community centers, parks and recreations so that our youngest generations learn how to live, work and play together; and celebrate legacy organizations, institutions and residents while highlighting newer members of the Columbus family.”

Harper’s idea: “I propose that the Future 50 paint murals around the city that celebrate our rich legacy and cast a vision for the communities of the future. Art is timeless. It transcends generations and speaks volumes without the need for words.”

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