20 Under 40: Krystal Wiltz
Adjunct Professor Washburn University
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media and Advertising, Washburn University Masters in Business Administration, Baker University
Hometown: Topeka, KS
3 Words: Giving Humble Driven
Role Model: My role model is my mother, Sandra Clear. She instilled in me the desire to help others, as well as the drive to work hard. She worked in nonprofits while I was growing up so I was always helping her whether it was stuffing envelopes for the United Way, or washing dogs at the Humane Shelter. When she was 48, she decided she wanted to be a teacher so she went back to school and earned her Master’s degree. She taught me that educating others was equally as important as educating myself. Most recently, she was elected to the Topeka City Council. The experience of her running for that role has taught me that it’s important for your voice to be heard and to fight for those who may not be able to.
Best Advice Received: The best advice was from a family friend, Sharri Black. The advice was, “Remember who you are, and whose you are.”
Superpower: Being a problem solver. I can ask the right questions and talk through the answers to find a solution to any problem.
Accomplishment Most Proud Of
Personal: Due to my community involvement when I was with the Target Distribution Center, I was the selected associate from our region to attend a Halloween party at the Target House (Memphis, TN) for kids receiving treatment from St. Jude Hospital. It was such a humbling experience to get to see the joy these kids had while trick or treating through the hallways of the Target House.
Career: Since I have been with The Home Depot, I have been promoted twice in two years. First from an Area Supervisor to an Operations Manager and then to a Logistics Manager. I am committed to the Home Depot values and it is very rewarding to have made the difference I have within the Topeka Distribution Center.
At this point in your life, what do you know for sure? I know that God will take care of me no matter what.
“Krystal shows a level of dedication and discretionary effort above and beyond the scope of her job. Krystal exhibits a winning attitude, commitment, talent, self-discipline, and selflessness. She is in a class all her own, and makes the rest of us better just by knowing her.” - Scott Dolan, The Home Depot Topeka RDC
“Krystal’s heart is genuine and her dedication to help others is evident in the numerous youth serving organizations she is invested in. Her impact is immeasurable because the effort she puts forth is not limited to her own hands but the army of individuals that she constantly inspires to make a difference. She does this with ease, a smile and never an expectation for recognition, it is always about serving others to rise above and achieve greater things.” - Dawn McWilliams, Boys & Girls Clubs of Topeka
Photo by Nathan Ham Photography
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