After a 15-year career in international trade and finance, Kristine Wood founded Core Skills LLC. In the Structured Finance Group, Kristine became the top trainer of “hard” skills at the U.S. Export-Import Bank. However, working in structured finance, volunteering, parenting, and striving for balance, she came to see that “soft” skills—like good communication —were far more important to successful organizations.
Since 2006 Kristine has provided work-place training and facilitation on a range of subjects around communications and organizational wellness and how they pertain to leadership. She is the developer and primary presenter of all the Core Communicator and Core Wellness content but she also takes great pride in her ability to facilitate dialogue within and between groups without bringing content.
She has provided facilitation services to government and private sector groups, nationally and internationally, in English and Spanish. One of her clients, part of bilateral trade negotiations between the U.S. and Canada said, "Kristine allowed our working group to achieve, in 3 days, all the goals we had failed to achieve together in the last 3 years. She also created a culture of positive communication within the group that we are carrying forward."
A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota, Kristine earned her M.A. as a fellowship recipient at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She has travelled and worked in over 30 countries, studied in Ecuador and Spain, and pursued continuing education opportunities ranging from accounting to executive coaching.
Kristine also uses her leadership skills to give back to the community. In the past several years, she’s served as PTA president of Escuela Key School, helped teach kids peaceful conflict resolution skills through Little Friends for Peace, and coached a youth travel softball team in Arlington, VA.