Speaker – Krystle Baller

About Krystle Baller…

A creative spirit who never really fit into a mold, Krystle Baller built her own. She owns Pachyderm Music Lab, a quirky space in Indian Trail, that offers music lessons, classes, arts workshops and the innovative group classes: Lady Rockstars and babyPUNK. She’s also the Director of Music for a rockin’ nonprofit organization, Girls Rock Charlotte. Krystle is a proud mom and enjoys spending time with her family. She likes to spend time in nature, dye her hair funky colors, and snuggle up on the couch with her daughter & a soft blanket!


Learn more about Krystle’s Talk…

Title: How to Rewire Society and Dismantle the Patriarchy
Description: Our brains constantly rewire over time to create new memories and update our ever-changing sense of self. What if the key to creating a more equal society is all within our own individual power? This talk explores the notion that we can form new connections on an individual basis to shift society out of its patriarchal state, a space that is detrimental to all genders.
What do you want people to learn from your talk? People do change. We tend to resist it the older we get, but you can shift out of an exclusive way of thinking and into an inclusive one. When doing so you give an entire new generation of people a blueprint of thinking that benefits all and not just a select few. This will help us end a cycle of discrimination.
What action items do you want people to take away from your talk? People will learn every day things they can do to dismantle their own patriarchal way of thinking and be more aware of the inherent biases they pass on to children.


Learn more about Krystle…

Where is your hometown? Fayetteville, WV
What are your hobbies? Playing music, hiking, playing video games, Yoga & Pilates, crafting, painting
What are you passionate about? Teaching women, girls, and gender nonconformists how to use their voice.
What is the best compliment you’ve received? You are the best teacher I’ve ever had. The way you teach makes me really believe in myself.
What do you want to be remembered for? Inspiring and encouraging millions of people to stand up and use their voice to help themselves and others.
How do you push the boundaries? I constantly do things that scare the sh*t out of me. Like auditioning for this TED talk.
What does your happy place look like? My eyes closed with a bass in my hands grooving hard with other musicians.
What is one thing that you’d like to share that is not commonly known about you? If you meet me now, my sense of self and purpose is very clear. If you would have asked me these same questions 10 years ago you would find that I had no idea what I was doing, was incredibly insecure, and felt like a complete failure.


Thoughts on Charlotte

What part of town do you live in? East Charlotte
What draws you to Charlotte? It’s established but seems like a blank slate. I hear lots of people say that Charlotte has no culture. Someone told me recently that Charlotte was “just a bunch of bros and suits” and it made me laugh because I see the truth in that. When I visit some other cities I definitely find lots more spaces I jive with. I don’t really fit in here and that’s what I like about it. It took me about 4 years to warm up to the idea that I think Charlotte needs me and others like me to create space for people to be a part of a whole. We definitely have a culture, Eastside is a melting pot dripping with it, and we are still exploring what it can turn into. It’s been a lonely road, but I’ve met a diverse and inspiring group of people here that are doing work to forge a space for the arts which will make the queen city more unique and have it’s own authentic voice.
Where do you see Charlotte in 5 years? With so many Millennials moving in I hope to see a more socially conscious presence the gentrification is no joke. I also have been building an army of women musicians that I hope rise up and start integrating into the music scene here. I see a supportive community of people coming together to create and am looking forward to seeing the kids I’ve been deeply inspired by grow up and become Charlotte’s next generation of leaders. Speaking with them always makes me excited to see what the future holds, we have some brilliant young minds all around us!


Our most important question…

What animal will most likely be our future overlords? Tardigrade