Kristin Ihle Helledy is a world class athlete, businesswoman and entrepreneur. Kristin played collegiate volleyball at the University of Nebraska where she was named to the All-American team three times and earned All-Big 12 honors four times. Kristin’s athletic success translated into her post college career as she competed professionally for 10 years in Europe before starting Avant, which offers innovative technology solutions to help businesses grow through better data insights and predictive analytics. Kristin has been featured on Forbes’ list of America’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs and was recognized by Glamour Magazine as one of their 2017 Trailblazing Women: The Honorable Mentions.
Kristin’s athletic accomplishments and business acumen have allowed her to use her platform to give back in the Nebraska community. She is involved with the TeamMates Mentoring Program and founded The Kristin Ihle Helledy Foundation. Her foundation provides support programs like Project Believe to children struggling with health issues today, while also funding research for rare diseases of the future.
Kristin Ihle Helledy is also active in Nebraska’s women-in-sports community, having mentored girls at Nourish International and serving on the board of directors for Girls on the Run of Omaha. Throughout her athletic career Kristin was heavily involved with TeamMates of Nebraska, an organization that teaches youth positive leadership skills through mentorship programs.
Kristin was born in Nebraska but her parents are Canadian, so she has dual citizenship. She graduated from Millard South High School in Omaha, Nebraska. Kristin Ihle Helledy went to the University of Nebraska where she was a standout volleyball player. She started for three seasons and made All-American all three times. Her career spanned 106 matches during her time at Nebraska, which is still ranked in the top ten in Nebraska history.
Kristin was named to the All-Big 12 team four times. She still holds school records for kills in a season, attacks in a season, blocks in a single match and blocks in a season. Learn more about Kristin Ihle Helledy