Career Summit Featured Speaker: Kris Davidson

Registration for Career Summit 2018 is now closed. Students who are interested in attending but have not registered are welcome to stop by the registration table in the Hicks Student Center atrium before the session they would like to attend. Walk-ins will be accepted as space permits, especially on Saturday. See the Career Summit schedule online by clicking on ‘Agenda.’

A distinguished group of alumni will join Silicon Valley executives and venture capitalists for Career Summit 2018. The event is two days of practical preparation April 6 and 7 at the Hicks Student Center for Life after K. Kris Davidson, the owner of Kris Davidson Photography, continues our series of features highlighting our speakers for the event. To learn more, visit our Career Summit 2018 news story.

Kris Davidson

Business Owner at Kris Davidson Photography

Photographer Kris Davidson

Kris Davidson, the owner of Kris Davidson Photography, will be one of the featured speakers April 6 and 7 at Kalamazoo College’s Career Summit.

Kris Davidson is originally from Sweden, having spent the first half of her childhood in the Scandinavian Arctic and the second half in Texas. As an immigrant, she gained a love for different cultures that fuels her ongoing work as a photographer. In her personal work, she investigates the nuanced question of what it means to become and be an American, with an eye to the role of reconstructive memory as it gives shape to individual identity in a larger American cultural landscape.

Before becoming a photographer full time, Kris worked as a marketing/branding professional for eight years in the San Francisco Bay Area on the corporate and agency sides, a great career incarnation that continually informs her work as a visual storyteller. Her specialties include travel/lifestyle, documentary and portraiture. She has collaborated with various editorial and commercial clients including National Geographic Traveler, Lonely Planet Traveller (UK), Kimpton Hotels, Ford, the Institute for Shipboard Education and many others. Kris is also a faculty member at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, teaching in the BFA and MFA programs.

Kris has a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Loyola University in New Orleans and a Master’s Degree of Fine Arts from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California.

She is scheduled to speak during the following sessions of Career Summit 2018:

  • Roadblocks and Potholes: Surmounting Inevitable Challenges, 8:30 a.m. April 7
  • Start-Up 101: From Dream to Successful Venture, 10 a.m. April 7
  • Building a Company: How Founders Launch and Grow Companies, 10:45 a.m. April 7
  • Serendipity: Making the Most of Unexpected Opportunities, 11:30 a.m. April 7

Other Scheduled Speakers


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