Testimonials and Recommendations
Director at McKinsey & Company
Christine Spadafor is a smart and decisive business leader, who led a turnaround of St. Jude's Ranch for Children over the course of several years. She took an organization that was struggling in its strategy, operations, governance, and funding situation, and turned it into a thriving and growing philanthropy. I had the pleasure to see Christine in action as a CEO and was deeply impressed. In addition to her terrific business skills, she also possesses remarkable empathy and is a kind and caring person. Truly the full package! I have learned a lot from Christine and consider her an advisor and friend.
Dean, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
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.
President at Organized Karma
Christine is one of the most professional, ethical and accomplished executives I know. As a former member of the St. Jude’s Ranch Nevada Community Advisory Board, I was privileged to work with her for years and am proud to call her a friend. Her work as the CEO of a national non-profit for at-risk children was consistently innovative and had a tremendous positive impact on our community. Her commitment and dedication to setting and achieving the highest standards is remarkable. Again and again, I watched Christine consistently set professional leadership standards through her integrity, character and class. She's an amazing executive and a powerful leader.
Sheriff Bob Holder
Former Vice-Chair, St. Jude's Ranch for Children
I’ve known Christine Spadafor since 2005. It was at that time the National Board of Trustees for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children engaged Christine to provide turnaround crisis management consulting services for this worthy organization on the verge of closing its doors forever.
Christine immediately demonstrated exceptional talent, sound judgment and a willingness to roll up her sleeves and get the job done. She also showed a tireless focus on protecting the welfare and best interests of organization’s at-risk children.
In short order, Christine led the board and management team to a remarkable turnaround. She was the architect of the organization’s strategy that stabilized the charity’s finances and operations. On the basis of these demonstrated results, the St. Jude’s Ranch Board of Trustees asked Christine to become the CEO. As Vice-Chairman of the Board, I was proud to offer her that position.
In all the years we worked together, I could always count on Christine Spadafor to do the right thing for the kids, for the organization and for our communities. I am grateful for Christine’s long service and I am proud to call her my friend. I hold her in the highest regard and have enormous respect for everything she has accomplished in her remarkable career.
Cyndy Ortiz Gustafson
CEO, Strategic Progress, LLC
Christine Spadafor sets the standard for principled leadership. During Christine's distinguished service as CEO of St. Jude's Ranch for Children, we worked closely together for 10 years on a host of challenging strategic and business issues - achieving outstanding results in the most professional and collaborative manner.
Christine is a person of exceptional integrity, impeccable character and unwavering ethics. She is that rare combination of a transformative leader and professional role model exhibiting both "head" and "heart." Throughout her career, Christine has consistently demonstrated compassion for disadvantaged populations - and has been their staunch advocate. Time and again, I saw her spearhead bold, ambitious initiatives and inspire teams to achieve results that fundamentally changed the lives of those unable to advocate for themselves.
It has been my distinct privilege to work alongside Christine Spadafor. I offer my highest recommendation.
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