The Power of Introvert Leaders
Many professionals who are introvert-leaning have felt left out of the typical workplace structure including access to promotions, networking for advancement, and key assignments. There is a growing movement to understand the power of introversion and how leaders can succeed while embracing their unique leadership style. Being an introvert is not just about shyness or being quiet. Introverts bring several strengths to the work team including being analytical, great listeners, and compassionate. This seminar will provide insights and practical tips to help introverts navigate the workplace by using the skills associated with introverts to succeed. Additionally, we will discuss how managers and people leaders can create a culture that supports and collaborates with introverts where everyone can thrive.
Executive-level Communications Leader
Areas of Expertise: Public Relations, Marketing, Corporate Communications, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Global Communications, Crisis, and Issues Management
Christina Steed is an award-winning marketing communication expert whose experience includes previously serving as executive vice president of client relations for a boutique agency in Chicago. Her expertise includes business development, client relations, diversity, equity and inclusion, and internal and external marketing communications. She is also a consultant for global companies and agencies with Agents & Strategies (A&S), a Black-owned, women-led communications and cultural consultancy company. Her brand experience includes Cox Communications, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Nielsen, Dow Chemical, Nike Chicago, City of Chicago, and several more in various industries. Additionally, she provided strategic issues management and counsel for companies including Ferrara USA, McDonald’s, Nielsen, AT&T, Poetry Foundation, Bimbo Bakery, Commonwealth Edison, and several others.
Christina’s background includes a mix of journalism, consumer, and business-to-business (B2B) public relations and marketing communications, social media, content marketing, stakeholder engagement, trade show marketing, and international communications. She has previously held management positions with Golin; a small B2B marcom agency focused on global trade show marketing; and an international food service packaging manufacturer.
With a lifelong commitment to quality storytelling, she began her career in broadcast journalism after receiving her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her M.A. in Strategic Communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s School of Journalism.
Christina has been featured in PR Week, PR News, PR Newswire, and Rolling Out. She is also a podcaster with her podcast Firsts Over Forty. She is an adjunct professor in the College of
Communication with a focus on multicultural marketing communications at DePaul University and serves on the dean’s advisory board.
Christina enjoys reading, writing, traveling, attending live concerts, yoga, and social media surfing. She is a former board member and treasurer of the Publicity Club of Chicago (PCC), the Black Public Relations Society (BPRS), ColorComm, and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). She currently serves as chair on the board of Chicago State University Foundation and is a board member of Girls Like Me Project and Open Books. She previously served on the board of the South Side Community Art Center and on the Executive Committee for the American Diabetes Association Step Out Walk. She has been recognized as one of PR Week’s 40 under 40 Rising Stars, Ariel Investments and WVON’s 1690 40 Game Changers in Chicago and has received numerous awards for her marketing communications campaigns from Bulldog Reporter, PCC, NABJ, and other organizations. A native of Chicago’s south suburbs, she is married and currently resides in Chicago and Atlanta.
Visit Christina’s website at www.christinasteed.com and follow her on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.