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Institute Staff

Kristen Palson

Vice President, Innovation and Custom Learning Solutions

About Kristen

Kristen helps clients across a wide range of industries and fields create customized learning journeys that meet their unique organizational goals. She and her team partner with renowned subject matter experts to create state-of-the-art programming in a choice of modalities: in-person, on-site, online—or blend of all three. Kristen’s focus is on learner-centered content with actionable outcomes, appropriate assessments, and accessibility. Her unique background in theater infuses the design and delivery of every program with a high degree of creativity, energy, and hands-on engagement.

Kristen brings over 15 years of experience in strategic development, operational planning, and high-performance talent management to the Institute’s Senior Leadership team. She spearheads the Institute’s ongoing exploration of technology-enhanced learning solutions balancing client needs, Institute resources, and scalable growth.

Kristen loves the stage and is especially passionate about children’s theater and all the incredible lifelong lessons that can be taught through the arts. She resides in the Boston area and is a proud single mother by choice raising her incredible daughter with the help of her amazing village of family and friends.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining the Institute, Kristen held the position of Associate Vice President of Simmons Online, where she helped build a robust virtual alternative for the University’s graduate programs. Prior to joining Simmons, she was the Director of Blended Learning at Babson College in Wellesley, MA.

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