MA Human Resources/Organizational Development
University of San Francisco, Magna Cum Laude 1986
Santa Clara University, 1981, Cum Laude
Current Employment Experience:
Founder, Spirited Contribution
As a strategic thinking partner and personal guide to leaders from technology, the arts and other industries, Christie is providing a new way to look at how people step up to work. Combining the science of thinking, the art of inclusion and practical advice on organizational health, Christie is responsible for what her clients call ‘deep impact’ and ‘transformation’ in their work and in their lives. In addition to the Spirited Contribution methodology she was certified as a ‘gender equity’ trainer and consultant with the leading gender experts of Barbara Annis and Associates and a distinguished member of the faculty for the Institute for Women’s Leadership. Recently a licensed minister, Christie is in demand as a speaker and facilitator of retreats and she continues to perform as a singer/songwriter in a variety of venues.
VP Change Management, SGI (Silicon Graphics, Inc) (9/00-8/2003)
Currently leads mutiple, global project teams responsible for monitoring and driving business process improvements for significant cost savings and efficiency. Includes business processes for manufacturing/supply chain, finance and customer operations as well as the implementation of a new global ERP system, a global sales quoting and funnel reporting tool and several projects to increase sales rep efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Results: Successfully completed global ERP within 9 months. Led the design of 141 global business processes and implementation of Oracle 11I in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Included replacement of 29 different versions of ERP systems and over 200 integrated applications which needed to be replaced or discontinued. Managed all internal change management activities and project communication worldwide. Completed North America sales tool implemenation, several countries in Europe and Asia Pacific. Delivered several sales efficiency improvements and developed and launched the company’s first Technical User Group and conference.
Previous Employment Experience:
VP Human Resources. SGI (Silicon Graphics, Inc.) (4/00-9/00)
Vice President, Human Resources for Core Engineering, Manufacturing, Legal, Finance, IS, Facilities, US Staffing and US Community Relations.
Director, Staffing and Community Relations, SGI (Silicon Graphics, Inc.) (11/98-4/00)
Responsible for combined budgets of over five million dollars for Staffing, University and Community operations and outreach. Set strategy for staffing across all divisions including sourcing, tracking and placement of both professional and college candidates. Oversee all media and outreach strategies for Staffing and Community, as well as staffing processes, metrics and tools. Includes alternate workforce and temporary workforce services and the integration of philanthropic and recruitment activities.
Sr. Manager, Community Relations, Silicon Graphics Inc.(11/96-11/98)
Managed the Community Relations department for this fortune 500 company: Develop and implement corporate contribution policies and programs and develop and implement strategies to promote employee volunteerism. Coordinate human, technical and financial resources with our community partners, evaluate the impact of contributions, and manage education initiatives throughout the U.S.
Trustee, Fremont Unified School District (Elected Nov ’90, reelected Nov ’94)
Served as Board President first and fourth year. Responsible for governance of a 42 school, 30,000 student, $120 million district; one of five trustees. Duties included but not limited to: establishing budget priorities, setting mission/ strategies, hire/ appraise/ manage Superintendent of Schools. Frequently represent the district on sensitive public relations issues, and union negotiations involving various media and the community. Also involves state and federal level legislative advocacy. Served as President of Alameda County School Boards 1995-96.
Political Consultant, Tramutola Company (11/95-11/96)
Provided political campaign consulting services to public service clients. Primarily responsible for local Bond Issue and Parcel Tax campaigns supporting California schools. Made presentations to prospective clients, established and managed relationships with client base, developed and delivered field training programs, provided support and guidance in developing Facilities Plans and provided general campaign management expertise to clients. Seven of seven campaigns were successful.
Sr. Manager, Human Resources, SGI (Silicon Graphics Inc.) (4/94-11/95)
Provided full spectrum of Human Resources support to World Wide Materials Organization. Provided consulting and expertise to senior management on strategic organizational issues. Designed and implemented Organizational Development strategies in support of business objectives. Backfilled assignment for Division HR Director.
Principal Consultant-Independent Partnership (1/88-3/94)
Developed, marketed and delivered quality training programs in Negotiation Skills, Stress Management, Time Management, Decision Making; Problem Solving, Selection Interviews, Performance Planning and Appraisal and Coaching, Leadership and Supervision. Developed and instructed courses for UC Berkeley Extension, and University of Phoenix (Northern CA Campus). Additional consulting in policy and organizational development.
Manager, Production Control, Amdahl Corporation (86-87)
Controlled all material and schedule inputs and outputs to the multi-chip carrier production and test work centers. Responsible for both new build and update materials. This included independent and dependent master schedule requirements to supply manufacturing, product support, and service and engineering customers as required.
Employee Relations Specialist, Amdahl Corporation (85-86)
Identified, analyzed and implemented solutions to management problems in the areas of Employee Relations, EEO, Compensation, Benefits, Organizational Development and Human Resources Planning. Responsible for 700+ employee base.
Senior Personnel Representative – Rolm. (83-85)
Identified and implemented problem resolution strategies for Finance and Manufacturing. Recruited for key positions. Developed immigration procedure and EEO course for the division. Presented all management training courses and hired and trained employment administrators for the department. Designed and implemented employment processes, including applicant flow systems, requisition reports and advertising.
Professional Recruiter, Advanced Micro Devices (81-83)
Recruited key Engineering and Manufacturing candidates. Responsible for international packaging group, requiring enhanced research skills. Screened, interviewed, presented and closed candidates and held supervisory responsibility.
Other Relevant Experience:
Field Director, 1992-for Presidential, Senate and Congressional Races
Southern Alameda County. Managed three offices, a staff of twelve direct reports (including phone bank supervisors and precinct organizers). Through telephone and walk program, contacted over 58,000 and identified 28,000 supporters. On election day, our Southern Alameda County Field Team met or exceeded all goals established for the campaign.
Board Member & Employee Relations Advisor-The Centre for Living with Dying
Established and defined fiscal and program policies. Made presentations for Corporate grants. Designed and facilitated role and goal clarification process for staff and board members. Advised Executive Director on personnel decisions and organizational structure. Served several terms as Chair of the Board.
Professional Affiliations/Appointments/Community Service
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educators Network) National Chair of Board – current
Womens Leadership Board, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, 2002-2007
CSBA Legislative Committee Member/Federal Issues Council (2 years)
Director, Washington Hospital Foundation (93-95)
Director and Co-Founder, Fremont Education Foundation
State Superintendent’s ARTSWORK Task Force 97
GreatSchools.net, Founding Chair of Board of Director’s (3 years)
Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group Education Task Force (1 year)
City Year Silicon Valley Board of Directors (3 years)
The Centre for Living with Dying Board of Directors (15 years)
African American Community Advisory Council-State Superintendent
2007 Working Mother Media Legacy Award
2002-2003 American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow
2001 YWCA TWIN award, Outstanding Executive Leadership
2000 SGI Exemplary Leader Award
1999 Spirt of Philanthropy Award, NSFRE
1993 American Council of Young Political Leaders, Delegate to Egypt/Israel
1992 Woman of the Year, 10th Senate District
1991 California Teachers Association State Gold Award