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The short of it:
Writer. Health, education, and art advocate. Theater and film producer. Visual artist. Product geek. Proud alumnae of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia (MBA). Inspired by ancient wisdom & modern tech. Proliferator of goodness. Opener of doors. Friend to animals. Fan of creative work in all its wondrous forms. I use my business skills to create passion projects that build a better world. A New Yorker at heart, I now split my time between New York and D.C.

The long of it:

My 19-year career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, and financial services. I’ve been a product developer and product manager, theater manager, strategic consultant, marketer, voice over artist, and fundraiser. I use my business savvy to support and sustain passion projects that build a better world. In every experience, I’ve used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, programs, and events.

While building a business career, I also built a strong portfolio as a freelance writer, interviewer, presenter, and public speaker. My writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, PBS.org, Boston.com, Royal Media Partners publications, and The Motley Fool on a wide range of topics including business, technology, science, health, education, culture, and lifestyle. I have also been an invited speaker at SXSW, Teach for America, Avon headquarters, Games for Change, NYU, Columbia University, Hunter College, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Additionally, my first YA novel was recently acquired by a publisher and will be published this Fall.

A recovering multi-tasker, I’m equally at home in front of my Mac, on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching.

My current projects:
My YA novel, Where the Light Enters, will be published in the Fall of 2017 by Thumbkin Books, an imprint of Possibilities Publishing Co.

Non-fiction book about imagination and business co-authored with Dr. R. Edward Freeman. Title TBD.

A Can of Coke, a virtual platform to provide college- and career-readiness services to high school students.

Contact info:
Email: christa (dot) avampato (at) gmail (dot) com
Twitter
LinkedIn
Instagram

I look forward to the conversation.

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31 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Looks great Christa! I am looking forward to being inspried daily. Good luck and great success to you!

    Kyle

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    Posted by Kyle | January 17, 2010, 11:14 am
  2. since you have an NYC centric blog, I think it would be great to organize a bi yearly meet Christa at a bar.

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    Posted by adrianmanzano | January 17, 2010, 4:00 pm
    • Wow! What a great idea. I am working on an ebook (right at this very moment actually!) and I wonder if that would be a good marketing push for the book. Thanks so much for the idea and of course I will let you know when it will be.

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      Posted by Christa | January 17, 2010, 4:02 pm
  3. Peace, joy, harmony and everything is here. On top, full of love. Thank you, Christa.

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    Posted by Kotaro | January 19, 2010, 10:38 pm
  4. Christa-

    So great to talk with you! You have inspired me to try to make an impact.

    I feel your passion, energy, and skills will be a great fit for us. I look forward to working with you.

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    Posted by Maurina | January 29, 2010, 1:30 pm
    • Hi Maurina,
      Great to talk to you as well! I’m so excited about the oportunities to help promote the incredible work at HopeLab and contribute to the conversation around kids, health, and technology.

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      Posted by Christa | January 29, 2010, 1:36 pm
  5. Hi Christa,

    Terry Watkins just sent me this link. Everything looks so cool, I am so happy for you. Glad you got your yoga space and I couldn’t agree with you more about ramen. Los Angeles made me fall in love with it, and had no idea what a huge bowl of fresh ramen could do to lift your spirits during a common cold or a damp day. Hope your family is great and wish you all the best.
    JA

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    Posted by John-Anthony Gargiulo | December 13, 2010, 6:01 pm
    • Hi John-Anthony! Thank you so much for checking out the blog and for your note. I’ll have to thank Terry for passing along the link! Ramen is a magical dish! I’m looking forward to trying out some more places around New York.

      Hope all is well with you and that you are having a wonderful holiday season. 🙂

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      Posted by Christa | December 13, 2010, 9:43 pm
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    Posted by viviwu | May 3, 2011, 11:27 pm
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    Posted by viviwu | May 3, 2011, 11:28 pm
  8. Hi Christa, elegant site with the header image you have, you made me smile with your comment about being “a recovering multi-tasker”, at least you have seen the light. will investigate the book, keep up with the yoga mat.

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    Posted by Matt | July 5, 2011, 12:16 pm
  9. christa, you are a piece of work, all the best, barclay

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    Posted by barclay mcfadden | January 26, 2012, 8:17 am
  10. Tripped and fell into this wonderful blog upon researching fearlessness/courage in the form of a Rumi quote. Thank you for sharing your unique and wonderous gifts with the world 🙂

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    Posted by Courtney Klousner | April 30, 2012, 10:54 pm
    • Hi Courtney – this comment is so wonderful to hear. This blog has been a labor of love for the past 5 years and has been such a gift to me. I’m so glad you are finding it helpful!

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      Posted by Christa | April 30, 2012, 10:55 pm
  11. Hello! Just discovered your blog. Good stuff!

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    Posted by Lunar Euphoria | May 22, 2012, 8:23 pm
  12. i appreciate u for the services u r rendering thanks so much and look forward to connect

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    Posted by g v s raman | May 16, 2013, 2:57 am
  13. Hi Christa,
    I have nominated you for a “very inspiring blogger” award. Please check it out..http://eatingmilkandhoney.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/something-special/

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    Posted by flowersforthemoon | June 17, 2013, 7:39 pm
  14. Very insightful post. Tanks for taking the time to share ur views wit every1.

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  15. I’ve nominated you for the new Imagine Award as it’s all about creativity and I think your blog oozes that. Check it out here: http://dawnyhosking.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/imagine-that/

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    Posted by dawnhosking | October 21, 2013, 10:48 am
  16. Very cool blog Christa. I practice the very cool art of people watching in NYC too! LOL.

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    Posted by godtisx | June 2, 2014, 3:20 am
  17. Wonderful profile. I also see the role of meditation and ancient wisdom in my profession as well as personal life. It is a beautiful journey 🙂

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    Posted by Sonya Kassam | August 17, 2016, 5:21 am
  18. I’m in process revealing a varied background of business, music biz, percssionist, lifetime writer into a profile of acceptability. The divergence of background interests never bothered me as I believed it to be experience/dues to pay for authenticity in characterization.
    Sounds heady from hear but it’s all part of something bigger than I.
    I will dig into my own profile and emerge the music, the tv work, playwriting, and even the gourmet food biz all to round out a divergent..writer.
    Thx for the reveal. Ron

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    Posted by Ron S Hamilton | September 22, 2016, 6:24 am

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