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July 17, 2014 40 Under Forty 2014

Kristina Newman-Scott

Age: 38

Title at work/what I do: Director, marketing, events and cultural affairs, for the city of Hartford. I have spent the better part of 13 years developing and implementing actions imbued with the philosophy that art and culture enhance the quality of life for individuals, organizations and their communities.

Town where I work: Hartford

Town where I live: Hartford

College I attended: Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica

My passion, hobby or special talent: Curator, visual artist, and collector of blank journals

Twitter handle: @KNewmanScott

No. of LinkedIn connections: 500+

Favorite place to network: Hartford Public Library's Kitchen Cafe

Favorite drink at a networking event: White wine

How do I create connections in my professional life?

It wouldn't be strange to hear someone describe me as very social. I try to engage people meaningfully in all situations. My professional connections are a side effect of good social behavior.

What's been my biggest challenge professionally?

It's an honor to be the first person to hold the position of director of Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs, (MECA) for the city of Hartford. This presents both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is to operate a new division in an environment that typically would resist change: that of municipal government. It is an opportunity because it allows me to mold a strategic direction for the division with the knowledge that there is support for the inclusion of programs that enhance the creative economy in Hartford.

What is the best advice I received?

Always be authentically you.

What do I want my legacy to be?

Meaningful purpose, deliberate effort, inspirational results.

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