Big Ideas Fest Speakers
Christie has over 30 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations and grass root-organizing efforts. She holds a Masters degree in Organizational Development, is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow and a minister with International Centers for Spiritual living with a focus on leadership development. She spent five years as an executive member of the Women’s Leadership Board for the Kennedy School of Government atHarvardUniversity. And was past president of the National Board of Directors for GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network). Christie has held executive positions in Change Management, Human Resources and Organizational Efficiency for technology companies. She is an inspirational speaker and facilitator in a variety of forums and provides strategic thinking and spiritual guidance services to clients across the United States.
Rev. Christie Hardwick is also a licensed minister of Religious Science International, recently renamed “Centers for Spiritual Living.” Religious Science is a metaphysical, spiritual teaching that studies the common spiritual truths that can be found in all major religions. This teaching honors the wisdom of master teachers and great philosophical thinkers like Ralph Waldo Emerson and studies the natural laws of science to improve individual lives and make the world a better place. Religious Science does not tell people what to think, but rather it teaches people how to think. ‘Change your thinking, change your life’ is the basic principle of our teaching. Dr. Ernest Holmes, the founder of Religious Science and author of the textbook ‘Science of Mind’ greatly influenced such notables as Norman Vincent Peale, Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith and Louise Hay.
After a comprehensive career and extensive volunteer leadership, including being an elected school board member, political organizer, and chair of several non-profits including GLSEN, and Greatschools.net, Christie also made her debut as a singer/songwriter in 2004. Christie has a powerful music and speaking ministry performing nationwide at conferences, events, and spiritual centers. Christie holds a Masters degree in Organizational Development and has worked professionally as a high tech leader and as an Executive Coach for over 20 years.