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Kristine Welker

Chief of Staff

Muscular Dystrophy Association



Kristine Welker, Chief of Staff, Muscular Dystrophy Association, can address:

(1) MDA’s DEI Coalition and its mission to provide access to all people living with disabilities; (2) MDA’s advocacy to bring “disability as diversity” into the national conversation in order to leverage all voices; (3) MDA’s new series of on-demand programming, MDA Access Workshops, and how it provides individuals with the resources they need; (4) MDA’s adaptive lifestyle content platform, Quest, which includes magazine, podcast, newsletter, and blog; how it presents thoughtful conversation regarding issues facing members of the neuromuscular disease community and disability community at large.

Kristine Welker, Chief of Staff, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Bio:

Kristine Welker is the Chief of Staff of Muscular Dystrophy Association, where she was previously a member of the Board of Directors and interim CEO. In this role, Welker focuses on advancing the organization’s mission and leading the way to creating a more inclusive and accessible world. Formerly, she was Principal and Chief Development Officer for Alternate Resources, a certified women-owned, full-service FF&E Purchasing and Design Firm specializing in hospitality and contract markets. Welker spent nearly two decades at the Hearst Corporation leading high growth businesses and building profitable brands, serving as Publisher/Chief Revenue Officer of Hearst’s magazine collaboration with Dr. Mehmet Oz and as Founding Publisher of CosmoGIRL!, one of the first fully integrated magazines to launch with website, mobile & experiential platform. She also served as former President of New York Women in Communications, Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) Advisory Board, Marymount Alumnae Board and currently serves on industry boards and is an adviser to start-up companies.  

Quotes from Kristine Welker, Chief of Staff, Muscular Dystrophy Association,

“MDA has been at the forefront of leading change and advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion for more than 70 years – working hard to raise awareness for those living with neuromuscular disease. We are proud to launch this powerful platform [Quest] and give voice to the broader community of those living with disability – the largest minority group in the world. Let’s unite in our efforts to support “disability as diversity” and create a culture of inclusion in every aspect of society.” – Muscular Dystrophy Association

“We are uniting with partners at the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and Inclusively, the technology-centered employment platform for job seekers with disabilities, to help industries overcome challenges and cultivate employment opportunities for people with disabilities. We are committed to leading toward an inclusive workplace that reflects that national population of 1 in 4 people living with disability.” – Yahoo! Finance

“I had the privilege of meeting so many incredible people impacted by rare neuromuscular diseases, in particular Mattie Stepanek. I am committed to building upon his profound wisdom as a young poet and peacemaker, who said it best: ‘Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.’” – AP News

“Since the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed, many social barriers have been removed or reduced for people with disabilities. But there is more work that needs to be done for people with disabilities to become more independent and involved in our world. The movement I would most like to inspire is “Disability as Diversity”. – Authority Magazine

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  • Diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives
  • Advocacy for people living with disabilities and neuromuscular diseases
  • Strategic operational and organizational effectiveness
  • Social, digital, media content platforms

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