A serial Entrepreneur named a notable graduate of Grand Valley State University by Forbes Magazine and founder of a Top Women Owned Business, Veronica started her first venture at age 24 because she had a passion for mobilizing local volunteers to support their communities.  She has been featured on entrepreneurship panels, university talks, and speaker events to share her experience as a serial Entrepreneur in the Nonprofit, Startup, and Technology sectors.

Veronica is passionate about empowering women & girls to believe in their inner voice and to take a leap toward whatever is calling them despite external pressures.  She uses her own experience as a Queer woman, starting an award wining tech company, Kickstarting funds to travel across the country to research for her book, and managing life and work with PTSD to help other women to launch and scale their own success stories.

Upcoming Appearances

February 22, 2018
Midwest Tech Project
Veronica to co-host a panel discussing how to enter the Tech industry.

February 23, 2018
GVSU Art & Science of Aging
Veronica to speak on closing panel about her book, Stories of Elders.

March 13, 2018
Ladies Get Paid
Veronica presents her Self Care workshop via webinar.

April 27, 2018
SHEvents //  GRbossbabes Night Out
Veronica presents her workshop Network Like A Ninja.

Veronica’s Keynotes

The Moment of Empowerment

Veronica’s TED-style keynote talk that reminds listeners of their innate ability to empower anyone through the simplest – and often neglected – of acts.

“Veronica Kirin nails it on stage – ‘By listening to your inner light, you are empowered to walk your true path.’  This is a truth everyone needs to hear, especially in our world today where stopping to just be is supposedly difficult to fit into your schedule.  From her life story, it’s clear that Veronica has listened to her Inner Light and found her path.  If you’re looking to inspire your audience to slow down, enjoy life, be connected with self, and then find their own empowered way – Veronica is the speaker for you!  Everyone in your audience will be touched by her energy.”

Shannon ElheartFounderThe Healing Journey

A Leap of Faith: Scaling the Unscalable

Veronica’s keynote that shares the journey of scaling her design business — a business that is typically considered difficult to scale authentically.

“I’ve never actually located my light before. I’ve never really searched for it. But when you mentioned the different places it can be and told me to close my eyes and place my hands where the light is, I started searching. My intuition was taking me to my heart and throat. I’d search further down by my abdominal and up around my head but when I reached my heart again I could feel this energy there, The Light. I found my Light for the first time.”

Aaron MillsParticipantSweetgrass & Sage Burn

Find the transcript for her talk at Grand Valley State University here.
Read her acceptance speech for the Top Women Owned Businesses award here.

Veronica’s Workshops

Self Care for Entrepreneurs

This workshop is based on Veronica’s personal experience with PTSD and the pop culture version of entrepreneurship — you can sleep when you’re dead — to teach participants how to leverage their energy to develop a life-long business.

  • Get past your imposter syndrome
  • Manage your stress even when time is limited
  • Learn how to discuss your career with your partner
  • Develop systems for handling work ’emergencies’ without being swept away

View Slide Deck >>

Launch A Successful Kickstarter

The inside secrets of launching a successful Kickstarter Campaign, based on Veronica’s experience with her own campaign which was highlighted on Kickstarter’s Staff Pick List.  This workshop teaches:

  • Which projects fit Kickstarter (and which don’t)
  • How to leverage your network to raise enough money
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Kickstarter
  • What to do before, during, and after your Campaign to ensure success

Preview The Workbook >>

Network Like A Ninja

A workshop that teaches attendees how to develop a network that continually sends hot leads, plus how to leverage one’s network to acheive anything you want.

  • Build a contact list anywhere in the world
  • Walk in to a room full of strangers and leave with a stack of contacts
  • What to do with all those LinkedIn Connections
  • How to nurture your network so it never goes cold

Read the two-part blog series >>

Request Veronica to speak at your next Event.

Appearances, News, & Events


February 23, 2018
GVSU Art & Science of Aging
Veronica to speak on closing panel about her book, Stories of Elders.

February 22, 2018
Midwest Tech Project
Veronica to co-host a panel discussing how to enter the Tech industry.

February 19, 2018
Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce: Inside/OUT
Veronica is on a panel discussing Belonging for LGBTQ business owners.

February 15, 2018
Angles of Lattitude Podcast
Veronica and JC interview voice actor Tim Paige during this hilarious podcast episode.

February 14, 2018
Shelley Irwin Morning Show
Veronica and Shelley discuss being certified by the NGLCC.

February 1, 2018
Angles of Lattitude Podcast
Veronica and JC interview content master Tori Reid about promoting your business online.

January 31, 2018
Potter’s House High School:  Entrepreneur Class
Raising Capital:  How to use Kickstarter and Accelerators

January 16, 2018
Angles of Lattitude Podcast
Veronica and JC interview Mike Thorpe, a Grand Rapids based Restaurant Consultant.

January 5, 2018
Start Garden 100 Days

MLive covers event in which Veronica pitches her Student Loan Disrupter Startup.


November 9, 2017
Angles of Lattitude Podcast
Veronica and JC interview musician-turned-coach Bren Dube.

October 27, 2017
SCORE West Michigan
Veronica presents a Kickstarter Training to the SCORE Staff.

October 5-7, 2017
Be Golden Conference
Veronica to teach her workshop “Self Care for Entrepreneurs”.

September 22, 2017
Grand Rapids Magazine
Veronica’s work is highlighted in the Q&A Section of the magazine’s October Issue.

July 26, 2017
Young Women for Change
Veronica to workshop photography for social justice.

July 20, 2017
Angles of Lattitude Podcast
Veronica and JC Interview John Asbury about his new venture TravelGig.

July 13, 2017
Angles of Lattitude Podcast
JC and Veronica interview Felicia Slattery about Social Media.

July 12, 2017
Young Women for Change
Veronica workshops photography for social justice in collaboration with The People Picture Co.

July 6, 2017
Angles of Lattitude Podcast
Veronica guest hosts with JC to interview Greggory V. Deihl.

July 1, 2017
Sweetgrass & Sage Burn Festival
Veronica gives her talk titled “The Moment of Empowerment”.

June 10, 2017
Uncomfortable Conversations with Gregory
Veronica and Gregory explore the concept of limits and heroism in this podcast episode.

May 18, 2017
Angles of Lattitude Podcast
Veronica and JC interview with Speaker Coach Marti MacEwan about getting over stage fright.

April 29, 2017
Only In Your State
Veronica’s participation in the Harry Potter Fashion Show benefit is highlighted in an article showcasing the event.

April 27, 2017
Rapid Growth Media
Veronica talks about her experience working out of coworking offices.

April 19, 2017
SpringGR Roundtable Event
Veronica teaches a course she wrote called “Social Media for New Businesses”.

March 2017
The Factory CoLearning Mentorship Program
Veronica joins the CoLearning Mentorship Program to mentor women in tech.

March 15, 2017
GRBJ Top Women Owned Businesses Award Banquet
Veronica receives the honor on behalf of her business, GreenCup.

March 13, 2017
Grand Rapids Business Issue:  Special Edition
Veronica featured in the Top Women Owned Businesses issue.


December 19, 2016
12 Minute Convos Podcast
Veronica speaks with Engel Jones about her business, life, and words of wisdom.

November 23, 2016
GRBJ Top Women Owned Businesses Award
GreenCup, my small business, is nominated for the 2017 award.

November 9, 2016
Grand Valley State University:  Ethnographic Methods Lecture
Guest lecture for Anthropology students on how to utilize their degrees in mainstream careers.

September 1, 2016
Hello Tech Pros Podcast:  Entrepreneurship
Veronica discusses planting seeds for your business.

September 1, 2016
New Inceptions:  Angles of Latitude Podcast
Veronica speaks about her work as a Women’s Entrepreneur Coach and giving back.

August 10, 2016
Girl’s Inc. Camp
Veronica to give a talk about body image and the pitfalls of PhotoShop.

June 24, 2016
Harry Potter in the Park
Veronica to appear as Luna Lovegood in a fashion show to benefit the Sparta Cultural Alliance.

June 22, 2016
Girl’s Inc. Camp
Veronica to give a talk about body image and the pitfalls of PhotoShop.

June 9, 2016
Hello Tech Pros Podcast
Veronica will discuss motivation and how to stay present-of-mind during the rush the day.

June 2016
Grand Rapids Magazine:  Life & Style
Veronica’s Book receives a mention under “Noteworthy” projects.

April 20, 2016
HerStry Blog
Untold Stories Book Update


November 4, 2015
Moxie Men, Inc:  What Accomplishments Are You Most Proud Of
Special Mention of Veronica’s Kickstarter


October 19, 2015
Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women:  Seeds of Growth Fundraiser
Veronica Speaks about her Experience with GROW

September 16, 2015
Medium Blog:  An Unexpected Journey
Veronica Describes the Start of her Kickstarter and Book

September 16, 2015
HerStry Blog
The Untold Stories Project


September 10, 2015
Aging 2.0:  30in30in30 Competition
Veronica Sits on Startup Judging Panel

August 27, 2015
Rapid Growth:  Innovation News
Local Kickstarter Aims to Preserve Voice of the Silent Generation

August 19, 2015
Grand Rapids Business Journal:  Arts & Entertainment
Author (Kirin) Crowdfunds Stories of the Silent Generation

August 18, 2015
WGVU:  Morning Show
Shelly Irwin Interviews Veronica about her Kickstarter

August 14, 2015
Grand Rapids Business Journal: Street Talk
Better Relationships – Elder Kickstarter Project Launch

July 16, 2015
Grand Valley State University:  Alumni Feature
GVSU Alumni Association highlights Kirin in their Spotlight Series

June 24, 2015
Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women:  Making Your Digital Presence Known
Veronica teaches a Lunch & Learn on Social Media

June 1, 2015
Grand Rapids Business Journal:  Inside Track
Veronica is featured in this column highlighting her entrepreneurial experience.

June 2015
Neu Magazine:  Design Briefs
Veronica is mentioned in an article discussing the first year of AIGA’s Design Briefs program.

May 29, 2015
WGVU:  Morning Show
Veronica is a guest on the Entrepreneur Insider show curated by Mary Brown of GROW.

May 26, 2015
WGVU: Morning Show
Shelley Irwin interviews Veronica about the Untold Stories Project.

May 18, 2015
The Factory:  Factory Stories
Veronica is interviewed about her business and work at coworking space The Factory.

January 23, 2015
Michipreneur:  Hex Wins StartUp Weekend
VKirin Photography featured in article.

January 18, 2015
WoodTV:  Winners of StartUp Weekend West Michigan
Veronica Kirin’s Photography is featured in the article.

January 15, 2015
Grand Valley State University:  New Orleans Week
Veronica gives a talk entitled “Recovery, Arts, and Entrepreneurship in Post-Katrina New Orleans”.


November 11, 2014
City Middle School:  Junior Achievement Day
Veronica attended as career day guest speaker to the arts program.

September 15, 2014
Novi News: ArtPrize Feature Article
Hometown newspaper runs story on Veronica’s 2014 ArtPrize entry.

June 26, 2014
AIGA:  Design Briefs
Veronica presents her startup idea GRArt – an interactive underground arts calendar for Grand Rapids.


June 19, 2014
Rapid Growth Media:  AIGA Design Briefs
GRArt is selected as one of three featured ideas for the first Design Brief Event hosted at the GRAM.

April 23, 2014
Local First:  InSight Conference
Kirin|Design presents a case study on the challenge of self-branding.

April 9, 2014
Grand Valley State University:  Intro to Business Class
Veronica conducts guest talk about entrepreneurism.

March 29, 2014
Aquinas College:  Resourceful Women Conference
Veronica participates on a panel of women business owners involved with GROW to share stories and experiences.

January 17-19, 2014
The Factory:  Start Up Weekend Grand Rapids
Veronica Kirin is the official photographer for the weekend’s events.


November 14, 2013
Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women:  Annual Report
The 2012 GROW Annual Report features Veronica Kirin and the start of Kirin|Design.

October 11, 2013
WGVU:  Midtown On Tap
Josh Dunigan and Veronica Kirin discuss Midtown on Tap with Shelley Irwin.

August 9, 2013
Jump Magazine:  Prefuse 73 & Spaceship Aloha
Veronica writes about the show at Morgan’s Pier in Philadelphia, PA.

July 19, 2013
GRTV:  Midtown Design Contest PSA
Veronica announces the design contest Kirin|Design is curating.

July 5, 2013
Midtown Neighborhood:  Design Contest PR
Kirin|Design curates a tee shirt design contest for local event Midtown On Tap.

May 6, 2013
Grand Rapids Masonic Temple:  High Twelve Meeting
Veronica gives a presentation about the AmeriCorps NCCC and her experiences therein.

February 20, 2013
Wave Apps:  Reviews and Testimonials
Kirin|Design’s love for Wave Accounting got noticed.


September 12, 2012
WGVU/NPR:  ArtPrize Artist Interview – Veronica Kirin
Discussing communication and technology.


April 28, 2011
Grand Valley Lanthorn:
 GV Alumn Shows ‘Passion for Volunteering’
Reporting on the nonprofit Veronica Kirin founded – Hands Engaged in Life’s Projects.


November 17, 2010
Grand Valley State University:  Anthropology Brown Bag Session
Veronica Kirin gives a presentation on her time in American Samoa as a first responder to the Tsunami in 2009.


October 7, 2009
American Red Cross:
 Pacific Islands Tsunami: Eyewitness Report
Veronica Kirin describes the disaster and recovery effort.

July 2, 2009
WGVU/NPR:  GVSU Alumni Honored in D.C. For Community Service
Veronica Kirin discusses the Gold Congressional Medal.

August 5, 2009
Forbes:  America’s Best Colleges
Veronica Kirin is noted as GVSU’s Notable Alumni.

June 30, 2009
GVNow:  GVSU Alumna wins Congressional Award
A report regarding Veronica’s recent honor.

March 4, 2009
DAAC:  Artists and Activists
Veronica’s artwork is displayed in a compendium of artwork in support of Save The Wild UP.


May 2008
Grand Valley State University:  Anthropology Brown Bag Session
Veronica gives a presentation regarding her experiences (as internship) with the AmeriCorps NCCC.

March 2008
Congressional Award Newsletter:  Recent Ceremonies
Congressman Thaddeus McCotter awards Veronica Kirin with Silver Medal.


October 2007
Grand Valley State University:  Geology Department
Veronica invited as guest speaker to present the affects of Hurricane Katrina and the current ecological conditions (natural & man made) that encouraged it.

July 16, 2007
AmeriCorps Press Release: NCCC Team Awarded with CNCS Spirit of Service Award
Receiving the award in Philadelphia with her team.
Press release regarding all recipients.

February 8, 2007
Slidell High School (Louisiana)
Veronica leads assembly introducing High School seniors to the AmeriCorps NCCC program.


September 8, 2003
Young Life – Novi / Northville
Veronica talks about her experience with Young Life and it’s effect on her growth.

May 19, 2003
Novi News & Press:  Novi High at Carnegie Hall!
Veronica performs the Rutter Requiem with her high school choir at Carnegie Hall, NYC.


Guest Appearances on Podcasts