Krista understands the importance of priorities and balance in work and in life. While on a 4-year scholarship and as co-captain of the Illinois State University Swimming Team, Krista earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development with academic honors followed by a Master’s Degree in Counseling Education. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Holistic Health Coach. Krista is married to Chad, a State Farm Agent, and they have two extraordinary daughters.
Krista Hawkins has invested her career in helping others to create new beginnings and live productive, purposeful lives. The first part of her professional career was spent as a counselor. First, in outpatient addictions, helping young adults recover from addiction, and later, in the field of adoption, guiding prospective families and birth mothers through the adoption process.
She transitioned to the business world and for over 20 years, she worked with a Fortune Top 50 company providing guidance, coaching, and training to business leaders and teams, helping them to build effective systems and enhance their performance. Traveling the United States as a leadership and sales coach, Krista helped thousands of business leaders and professionals to maximize their potential and become their best selves through her one on one sessions, small group sessions, and large workshops. Today, she and her business partner, Wendy W. Smith, lead Future Legacies, LLC and its affiliates and continue to coach leaders and teams across the United States.
A role model for healthy living, Krista has been active in the area of fitness, holistic wellness, and positively investing in her community. Krista and her younger daughter produced and hosted an elementary school television newscast, Hawkins Health Tips, inspiring teachers and kids to live healthier lifestyles. She is a former board president of Special Kids Therapy and Nursing Center, and has been a high school Character Coach for Fellowship for Christian Athletes for several years. She and her husband actively lead a Bible study for her local church. Krista also empowers others through her holistic health coaching practice and is a Qualified National Marketing Director with the Juice Plus Company, sharing the benefits of healthy living with others since 2011.
Believing everyone should be equipped to make healthy choices, Krista endorses a holistic lifestyle - relying on faith, enjoying real and unprocessed foods, drinking water, exercising, maintaining life balance, quality rest, choosing fulfilling work, serving others, and living in joy.
She acknowledges both in the fields of business and wellness that change does not happen overnight. The keys to success are education, applied knowledge, a commitment with emotional connection, preparation, consistent action, and accountability. Taking small steps can be the best way to create lasting change and new beginnings. These new beginnings become the foundation for building Future Legacies for ourselves and others.