I’m Chrissie. As a visual artist, I’ve taken a lot of risks in my life. The biggest one, by far, was starting a small creative business about a decade ago. Filled with highs and lows, successes and failures, it turned out to be one of the best and most important things I ever did with my life.
These days, I coach people and businesses on creativity, culture, and communications.
When I started that agency, I did so from a place of heartbreak. For so many years prior, I was constantly striving for greatness, delivering consistent work with integrity, only to be shut out or laid off. I figured it was time I took matters into my own hands. So I did. And that adventure lasted 6 years.
And along the way, I learned a lot more about marketing and sales, and even more about business structures and revenue streams, systems, as well as bigger things like the economy, psychology, and mentoring. I hired people, I fired clients, attended tons of conferences, quadrupled my revenue, and secured terrific opportunities for my clients. I worked with business coaches and mindset coaches and life coaches. I learned a lot about myself including how to be my authentic self and be more present as a creative.
Over the years I had a lot of people tell me they envied me and wished they had the guts to start their own business. Then in the last 4 years, a lot of clients and colleagues and friends noticed that I seemed lighter and more joyful. They started asking me what I was doing differently.
So I started sharing my story. The full nonlinear messy story. The one with the arc, with the conflict and resolution. About who I became along the way. The lessons I learned, not just about life and business but also about myself as an artist. And I started hosting workshops and mini retreats.
Taking a leap of faith and starting and owning a business, particularly a creative one, isn’t for the faint of heart, yet it can absolutely be done and done well.
There are also a hundred ways into living a more creative and enriching life. Besides entrepreneurs, I also work with soulful people who want to reconnect with their lost creative self or desire a more playful creative approach to their work.
You can learn about my programs and unique process here.
Leadership to me is about service to others, about setting intention, about being in alignment with my values, about being present and mindful, open and collaborative. I approach my relationships and work with this leadership style. I’m affiliated with several local chapters of business associations that allow me to connect and serve others in the creative economy.
By day I am an organizational change and communications professional at Olenick & Associates. I also serve on the board of AIGA Philadelphia. I am a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. I majored in Business Management at the Haub School of Business and minored in Fine Art. I am a fine artist with a devotion to abstract mixed media and design, analog photography and nonfunctional ceramics. I enjoy attending concerts and performances of all kinds, everything from contemporary chamber music to dance to 90s rock.
I come from a big family. I enjoy running, hiking trails, wintertime, snow, and consider myself an adventure seeker and travel enthusiast. I am an 80s/90s gal through and through, with a particular adoration for the original 90210 and Gilmore Girls. I drink too much very good coffee. I live in the Philadelphia area with my husband and son. This photo is of me and my Boston Terrier pup, Jules.