A Powerful Ambassador
“I met Christine a few years ago in the context of non-profit work we did together. As the immediate past chair of a nonprofit providing essential services, I was leading a board that was decimated, and an organization that needed strategic guidance urgently. Christine came “to the rescue” as a PRO-BONO consultant to help us turnaround the organization, raise morale of the staff and the board, and put us on the kind of trajectory that not only saved the organization but also made it more resilient in the face of what was to come next, COVID19. I was so impressed by her experience, poise, empathy, and effectiveness that we have remained friends since and it became natural to hand over the reins of the Chairmanship and watch the organization start a new cycle. As I was launching 3CC, I came to Christine asking if she could introduce me to extraordinary women leaders like her, and not only did she join the journey as a Venture Partner but she became a powerful ambassador to the fund’s vision. Thank you Christine for believing in the mission of 3CC and for the leadership you demonstrate.”
~ Dr. Julien Pham, Nephrologist, Founder and Managing Partner of international healthcare innovation company 3CC
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
Smart and Decisive
“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.”
~ Travis Fagan, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company
A Tremendous Positive Impact
“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.”
~ Ronni Council, President at Organized Karma
A Transformative Leader
“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.”
~ Cyndy Ortiz Gustafson, CEO, Strategic Progress, LLC
A Consummate Professional
“As an HR executive, executive coach, and developer of talent for more than 30 years I have worked and collaborated with hundreds of talented executives. During my long career, however, I never met anyone quite like Christine Spadafor.
Christine Spadafor is a consummate professional. With formidable business skills and intellectual capabilities, she is committed, disciplined, and passionate about her work. In addition, she has the emotional intelligence that makes her highly effective in coaching executives and managing complex boardroom dynamics.
In my two years of working with Christine as Board Chair (St. Jude’s Ranch for Children), I always found her to be a tremendous partner. She is creative, hard-working, resourceful, highly principled, straightforward and uncommonly bright.
I cannot recommend Christine Spadafor more highly.”
~ William H. Morley, President, ExCL Group, LLC
Steadfast Concern for Others
“In 2006, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children (SJRC) was a struggling nonprofit for abused, abandoned and neglected children and was steeped in debts; the facility badly needed work; donors had fallen away; therapeutic programs were failing; and many staff members had all but given up hope.
Christine Spadafor accepted the SJRC Trustees’ challenge to perform what then seemed impossible: a “turnaround” of this troubled organization. And as SJRC was soon to discover, big challenges only bring out the best in Christine.
I had the privilege and pleasure of working at SJRC, which has been a highlight of my career. Working for Christine as her Executive Assistant from 2008-2015 was a textbook study on innovative leadership and the management of complex change. Christine brought us together as a team, and together we accomplished important goals when no one else believed these results were possible.
During our years together, I watched Christine lead the organization with the upmost professionalism, integrity and respect for the children, staff, donors and the community. Her impressive leadership focused on innovative programs, strategic partnerships, mentoring her team, and instilling a deep sense of commitment to the disadvantaged children we served. The results spoke for themselves.
I am grateful for all the years of working closely at Christine’s side. She helped me grow personally and professionally, and she inspired her team to accomplish things we did not even know we could do, things that at one time seemed far out of reach. The legacy Christine leaves is one of vision, compassion, dedication and steadfast concern for others.
I cannot say enough good things about my former boss Christine Spadafor…”
~ Jennifer Brown, Executive Assistant – McKesson Technology