Morning Fill Up, the monthly conversation series sponsored by The Numad Group and The Bush Foundation, brings local, regional and national leaders to Rapid City for a 24-hour blitz of conversations and collaborations.

The series consists of public and private gatherings intended to inspire and engage members of The Garage coworking space, as well as residents around western South Dakota, to put their creative energies into action for the betterment of the entire community.


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Kristi Nelson
Executive Director, Network for Grateful Living

Thursday, August 30 at 7am

Kristi Nelson is the executive director of Network for Grateful Living, a global nonprofit working to catalyze the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility. Located in western Massachusetts, it offers online and community-based programs and practices to inspire a commitment to grateful living.

In a conversation with Matt Ehlman of The Numad Group, Kristi will talk about why she’s committed to progressive social and spiritual change, and why living with gratitude may be more important than ever before.

The conversation will be the perfect preface to the Labor Day Weekend, and has been made possible in part thanks to an introduction from Oprah Winfrey producer and Morning Fill Up alumni Colleen Dunnegan.

In her early 30's, Kristi went through two years of surgery and treatment for Stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma that had metastasized to her spine. She credits that experience for shaping her current life’s purpose and passion.

She has spent virtually her entire adult life immersed in the work of nonprofit leadership, fundraising, and organizational development. In 2001, Kristi started a values-based fundraising consulting, training, and leadership coaching company, working with Institute for Jewish SpiritualityBuddhist Peace FellowshipSpirit in ActionWisdom 2.0, and The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, among others. During this same period, she was also the founding director of the Soul of Money Institute with Lynne Twist, director of development at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and director of development and community relations for the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society.

Kristi received her bachelor of arts from University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a graduate certificate in business and sociology from Boston College, and a master’s in public administration from Harvard University.