Kristina "Krissy" Doerner Guidi
BA ’00, McLean, Virginia
Kristina “Krissy” Doerner Guidi graduated summa cum laude with honors from Baylor before earning a JD from Harvard Law School in 2003. Upon her graduation from law school, she worked at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP for nearly two years before joining Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C., where she held the position of senior associate/attorney and practiced in the firm’s securities enforcement and litigation group. In 2016, she began working for the Securities and Exchange Commission as an attorney.
Guidi is familiar with board processes and procedures from her private practice experience, where she represented board members and provided counsel on compliance and governance issues.
Awards and Honors
Guidi is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Baylor, where she was a University Scholar and in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and Honors Program. She is a member of the Texas Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.
Guidi has contributed to The Kyle Lake Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund in Truett Seminary, the McLane Stadium Bricks Gift Fund, the Economics Excellence Fund, the University Scholars Excellence Fund, the Student Foundation Scholarship Fund, and The Dick Baker Baylor Religious Hour (BRH) Choir Fund. She also has been active in the Baylor Women’s Council in Washington, D.C.
Church/Christian Mission Affiliations
Guidi is a member of Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church, Virginia, where she has served in various roles in preschool and children’s ministries and currently serves as a Bible study leader for second-graders. She co-founded and co-coordinated an evening Mothers of Preschoolers group and has served in the choir and drama ministries.
Questions and Answers
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1. Baylor University’s mission is “to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.” How is that mission meaningful to you?
I find each tenet of Baylor’s mission statement to be meaningful, but I believe the Christian commitment and caring community are what make Baylor special. Most of our undergraduates come to Baylor having left home for the first time, and it is during those college years that students figure out who they are and how they fit into the world. Baylor was a safe place for me to explore those questions, and I am so thankful for the caring community I found there and still find in the Baylor family today. When you couple that caring environment and Christian commitment with academic excellence and rigor, you have a university that is unparalleled and uniquely situated to serve its students.
2. How have you attempted to make a difference in your professional and personal communities?
I strive to make a difference in my professional and personal communities primarily through relationships. Whether parenting, at work, or in ministry, I find that taking time to see and love others makes the biggest impact. I try to serve in the stage of life that I am in. We have three young boys, so I find myself serving alongside them at their school and at church. As a new mom, I served other mothers through MOPS. I believe God puts people in our lives for specific purposes and try to be attuned to those relationships.
3. As a new board member, what perspectives, skills, interests and relationships would you bring to the board?
As a new board member, I would bring a legal background with strong writing and analytical skills and experience representing board members. I would also bring several connections and relationships from being in the Washington, D.C., area. I grew up in a single-parent home and offer a unique perspective and resiliency as the first member of my immediate family to graduate from a four-year college. I met my husband at Baylor, and Baylor is part of our story. I am passionate about Baylor and Christian service.
4. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received, and who gave it to you?
The most meaningful advice given to me came from my grandmother. My grandparents played a large role in my childhood. They supported me academically and were always there to celebrate an accomplishment with me. It was my grandmother, though, who really understood me. While she saw that working hard and striving for excellence made me tick, she also knew that I needed to be reminded to enjoy life along the way. I have taken that with me into adulthood, in my career, and as a wife and mom. Being present and enjoying the moment is so important, particularly when we are pulled in what can feel like a million different directions. This pandemic is a perfect time to practice my grandmother’s advice.
I have so many feelings and questions, but I am trying to stop and see where God is working, find comfort in the good, enjoy the extra time with my family, and find a reason to smile each day.
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