I’m Chrissie, founder of Art & Connections. I’ve worked with entrepreneurs, professionals, artists, small businesses and non profits for over 15 years to flesh out strategy, vision, mission, brand promise, and develop clear consistent marketing communications strategies that show value and position clients for success.
I came into this work over a 2-year period as I closed one business and found my way into another. I chose to answer a higher calling to be more and do more, especially for passionate ambitious women creatives. I wanted to blend my business strengths with with my arts and humanities background in a way that felt more meaningful, holistic and authentic.
The arts have always been a part of my life whether I was actively engaging in the creation process of capturing and developing a photo, throwing a pot, or building tours for artists. As such, I have a deep connection to process and honoring the journey. I believe in imperfect action, refining and improving skills as we go, and enjoying the ride.
I’ve enjoyed arts and humanities since my college days when we were free and encouraged to have conversations about big esoteric ideas. Rarely were there easy right answers, just the space to think critically, fluidly, and openly, and become more self aware and actualized people and leaders.
As a soulful person I pull from my background and practical experience, offering a deep sense of empathy as well as a sense of adventure and creativity. I offer support, structure, accountability and lots of fun to my fellow creatives. 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.
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, analog photography and nonfunctional ceramics, and am a huge arts/culture lover and supporter. Bare walls make me crazy — there needs to be art on the wall or displayed on a shelf.
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, son, and stubborn Boston Terrier.