Kristi Hedges is the author of The Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others. Kristi is a serial entrepreneur, communications expert, author, and sought after leadership coach. She runs her own coaching practice, The Hedges Company, and is a founding partner in the leadership development firm, Element North. Kristi writes about leadership for Forbes.com , and penned "The Leadership Factor" column for Entrepreneur.com for more than three years. She's been featured in publications as diverse as Washington Post, Reuters, MSNBC.com, San Jose Mercury News, TheStreet.com and numerous others. She's been honored as one of the "50 Women Who Mean Business in Washington, D.C." and as an owner of a top 25 Largest Women-Owned Businesses by the Washington Business Journal.