Krystal Barter Q&A

Everyday I get asked similar questions about what is like to be CEO for Pink Hope, my advocacy efforts and how I maintain balance between my work life and and my personal life.

I decided to site down and channel these questions into a blog to give people an insight into what I do and my passions in life.

I hope you enjoy reading through it and if you have any other questions you’d like to submit please send them through!

With Love, KB. xx

How do you motivate your team each day?

Advocacy is at the core of what my team and I do each day.

Our goals are to ensure every individual can assess, manage and reduce their risk of breast and ovarian cancer, while providing personalised support to at-risk women.

When the fundamental reason behind our work is so rewarding it motivates my entire team to continue to work harder, because we are fighting for a worthy cause.

What has been your favourite part of being an advocacy leader so far?

Creating Pink Hope and being a part of the amazing community it has formed has been my favourite part about being an advocacy leader so far.

The influential people that I have met throughout my advocacy efforts have been amazing. But, I firmly believe that the most influential people are those who are committed to making a difference regardless of their position in life – and that encapsulates our Pink Hope members

How did you build the large, widespread network you have today?

Hard-work and determination. When I found out about the BRCA gene mutation my family carried, I was scared. But through that fear was my relentless mission to make sure that no other person felt alone if they found out they carried the same genetic fault as me.

With that vision in mind, I worked hard to create the network that I have today.

What’s a day in the life of Krystal Barter like?

Organised chaos – or so I’d like to think. I answer phone calls for interviews almost every day, respond to dozens of emails and messages, work closely with my team to make sure that our Pink Hope mission and vision is always thriving. And that’s just the start of the day!

It’s so important to me that I make time for my 3 children, husband and family. So in-between the madness of running an organisation and my advocacy mission – you may find me in the kitchen, watching my beautiful daughter showcase her dance routine or taking my boys for a walk with our family dog.

How do you juggle being a mum, a wife, running an organisation and building your own personal profile as an advocacy leader?

The saying is true, it really does takes a village! I wouldn’t be able to do what I do successfully without the support and encouragement from my loving family and dedicated team. I am so lucky to have a close circle of deeply supportive people surrounding me at all times and this helps me balance the responsibilities that come along with all of my roles.

Who inspires you?

The Pink Hope community. I cannot begin to describe how inspired I am by each and every person that reaches out to tell their story. The bravery and strength that I witness is incredible and I would not be where I am today if I didn’t have them.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in the past 10 years?

To never take life for granted and don’t sweat the small things. If you want to go on a trip to Italy – book it! You never know what’s going to happen in life so live it to the fullest every day.

What was it like meeting Angelina? 

If I had to summarise it in one word I would say, inspiring. The doors that Angelina opened up for BRCA 1 and 2 gene mutation carriers gave Pink Hope the boost we needed at the time to keep going with our life-saving mission.

She created a bigger platform by bravely speaking up about her own risk and from there, people started listening and learning more about their personal risk.

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