Academic Lecturing

Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business is consistently ranked among the world’s ten best business schools.

At Tuck, Christine Spadafor lectures in the school’s Visiting Executive Program — where she imparts “real world” business lessons drawn from her extensive career as a CEO, management consultant, and attorney.

Paul Danos

A Wealth of Experience

“Christine Spadafor brings a wealth of experience to the Tuck classroom – CEO, senior consultant, board member, and leader. Students and faculty alike have greatly enjoyed Christine’s regular trips to Tuck as a Visiting Executive, where she brings her personal experiences to the classroom in a way that students find energizing and informative.”

~ Paul Danos, Former Dean
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Jennifer Tietz

Engaging, Dynamic, and Caring

“I interacted extensively with Christine Spadafor during her lectures and conversations at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. As a Visiting Executive Fellow I had the opportunity to meet with dozens of impressive executives across industry and functional expertise areas. Christine was easily the most engaging, dynamic and caring of them all.”

~ Jennnifer Tietz, MBA Graduate
Dartmouth Tuck School of Business

Sister Candace Introcaso

Positive, Lasting Impressions

“Christine has built a reputation in both the corporate and non-profit worlds as a innovator, entrepreneur, and humanitarian…Christine cares about organization and the people who make them successful, and she shares in meaningful ways that leave positive, lasting impressions.”

~ Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, PhD
President, La Roche University

Source: Strategic Leadership class on board governance at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, April 2021

Professor Sydney Finkelstein asks the students at the end of a course to “share the one insight that is most likely to stick with you.”

“One theme that came up multiple times was the importance of understanding internal relationships and politics as a leader. In the class about merging two boards with different cultures, Christine talked about how she observed and mitigated tensions [among board members] to bring people together by bridging divides. I want to keep this in mind for the future.”

“I appreciated Christine Spadafor’s thoughtful feedback on board integration ideas and the clarity with which she reflected on the process.”

“Christine Spadafor explaining the take-aways of the board of directors’ case study called my attention to ‘look beyond the words,’ that becoming an ‘active learner’ is going beyond what is said or written.”

“In our class with Christine Spadafor, I realized that successful development of a corporate strategy involves cultivating good relationships with the board and executives, and that strategic development is a two-way street… Establishing a common culture that complements a strategy (or vice versa) will improve the strategy’s chance of success, as I learned from Christine.”

Comments from a recent speaking engagement:

From “Effective Leadership in an Uncertain Healthcare Environment: Strategies for Agility, Adaptability, and Resilience”

“Great session”

“Excellent and practical information. Great presentation style too. Really enjoyed.

“Wondering if other leadership styles would be helpful – contextual? or is the answer always adaptive leadership.”

“The concept of adaptive leadership is new to me, but definitely fits my style. I will be looking for additional resources to help nurture that style within myself and my team.”

“Great talk.”

“She is a really great speaker. She generously shared insights and experiences that was very effective to her. She incorporated with personal experiences thereby more relatable and enticing to listen.”

“Very informative.”

“The section on adaptive leadership was terrific and could be expanded.”

“Excellent points.”

“Clear simple presentation. Less of the content in this session was new to me compared to previous sessions. And reminded me of the frustrations I was having with a more top-down leadership style.”

“Leadership is challenging in an uncertain environment and it was a great presentation on how to handle it in uncertain times.”

“This was fantastic.”

“Agile I will be.”

“Another great speaker. Bringing up ideas I have not been exposed to before.”

“Very important topic needed more time.”

“Loved the concept of adaptive leadership. Also how to react to the resistance to change. Ms. Spadafor is a great speaker.”

“Very inspiring.”

“Really enjoyed this lecture.”

“Guiding Principles of Adaptive Leadership discussion was really helpful, as was difference between tactical and strategic.”

“Very professional, an example to many, very strong mind.”