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Kirstie Conklin

Kirstie Conklin

Fusion Academy

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Kirstie's work combines: Design, Education, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life

Director of Marketing

I lead people to Fusion to help students not thriving in a traditional school model.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Kalamazoo Central

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator

    Kendall College

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Advertising and Promotions Managers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Graphic Communications, General

Graduate Degree: Marketing/Marketing Management, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    The faith my Life Drawing teacher had in me. She made me feel brave and competent.

  • 2.

    Did a bunch of graphic design freelance and got paid!

  • 3.

    Took a leap of faith and went into advertising sales. I loved developing marketing plans for people.

  • 4.

    Worked for a Business Process Improvement company and learned about Lean Marketing and gave lectures.

  • 5.

    Entered ArtPrize.

  • 6.

    Became a Director of Marketing and get to do everything I love!

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Parents:

    Art school? What are you going to do with that?

  • How I responded:

    I first step foot on the campus and knew it's where I belonged. I knew my father was doubtful I could make anything out of a degree from an art school, but I turned his criticism into fuel and proved him wrong. So very wrong. I ended up far more successful, happy, and deeply fulfilled than he ever was in his lifetime. After I found my career and advanced beyond his financial success, he started to take note of my accomplishment and support me. He's gone now, but I know he's proud.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I was the child of a single parent (basically) without my father's direct financial support. I took out loans to complete school. When finished, I paid them off with a vengeance by living meagerly. Been debt free for more than 10 years.

  • My mom almost made it to college - but then she had me. My dad went into trade. College was "expensive" and unattainable with the income of my parents and their parents. I broke the pattern and found happiness and success.