Krystian Leonard

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Episode 64 introduced the audience to Krystian Leonard, Founder of Shining S.C.A.R.S Not-For-Profit Organization, Author, Miss West Virginia Pageant participant, and the list goes on.

I had a wonderful conversation with Krystian when I met her in person at the Next Gen Summit in early June 2019 and wanted to dive deeper into her journey and share that with the audience. We covered a lot in a short time.

Topics included:

  • Miss West Virginia Competition
  • The Zombie Club Movie
  • Getting her first scars when she was 4
  • Dealing with bullying at school
  • Meeting Miss West Virginia Tiffany Lawrence
  • Being Positive to herself each day
  • Writing her book, Shining Scars
  • Getting involved with Next Gen

I know you all will enjoy this wide-ranging conversation and please see some more information below about Krystian.

Find Krystian Online:




Shining Scars Book:

Tedx Talk:

EDUCom Website –

About Krystian:

Krystian is a 22-year-old from Morgantown, West Virginia, currently attending West Virginia University in her senior year studying broadcast journalism. Krystian founded her non-profit organization, Shining S.C.A.R.S., at the age of 14. S.C.A.R.S. stands for finding strength, building character for self-acceptance to rise above the stigma. Overcoming stigmas related to all scars is at the heart of this unique organization. The passion behind Shining S.C.A.R.S. stems from Krystian’s own personal battle and experiences resulting from visible scars beginning at the age of 4. Her surgeries left behind several large scars and she endured first-hand the trials and self-esteem issues associated with taunts and bullying because of those scars. Her nonprofit works to gather funding to provide her children’s book Shining Scars, to children’s hospitals and recovery centers treating patients relating to burns, cleft palate, spina bifida and cancer recovery and others. By creating a positive and character building organization it is Krystian’s goal to build an informative community aiding in the healing process. You can learn how to get involved by visiting 


If you enjoyed this interview you may also like my Just Get Started Podcast Interview with Randy Ginsburg, Author of “Adversity to Advantage”

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