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Women Behind WE: Christina Cornelius, Founder, President

Where do you currently work, and what is your job description?

I work for a non-profit corporation, Operation HOPE. I have a hybrid job title: Program Manager/Financial Wellbeing Coach

Does your current role align with your career goals?

I would say it somewhat aligns. My long term career goal is to lead a Global Philanthropy department for an international corporation. An important part of that role is to understand how non-profits operate effectively. I am gaining “on the ground” experience in my current role.

What is your ultimate vision, or long term goal?

My ultimate vision is to make a positive impact on the world while providing my family a fulfilling and happy life.

Do you have any special projects you are working on to accomplish your goals? If so, can you tell us a little bit about what that is?

My number one project is Women Exceeding, but in addition to my passion for community, I have a passion for business. With that in mind, be on the look out for a few other ventures I have in the works.

How do you define success? How are you currently visualizing your success?

I was a participant in Inroads summer program for rising high school seniors. In this program, we were told daily, “Success is a journey, not a destination.” In addition to that definition, I look at success as an evolution. What 16 year old Christina saw as success is different than what 28 year old Christina defines as success. With life experiences your views develop and change and that is okay. It makes more sense for your perspective to change, than to have the same view you had at 16 years old. With that being said, I currently visualize success as progress towards the ultimate goal at the pace that God sets.

What is some advice you would give to a young lady with a similar dream as yours?

Find a balance between holding yourself accountable and not being too hard on yourself. Know the why in everything that you do. Make sure that you are being effective. Lastly, enjoy and embrace the moment.

Describe, from your perspective, what Women Exceeding represents.

Women Exceeding represents women from all backgrounds, traditional and nontraditional, making progress towards their goals, while pulling other women up along with them. Women Exceeding is a safe space for women to share their insight and struggles to assist the next generation of women achieve their individual definitions of success. As my sorority so eloquently puts it, “We help each other.”

 

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Christina is a program manager for Operation HOPE and is pursuing her Masters in Public Administration & Policy at American University. She holds a Certificate in General Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2012, she started her career with JPMorgan Chase. She was involved in the firm’s Volunteer Leadership Group and Business Resource Groups, serving as Communications/Marketing Co-Chair of the Women’s Interactive Network. She moved on to spend two years as a project manager for Heritage Finance Holdings. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a B.A. in Communication, Christina Danielle Cornelius is committed to “saving the world, one entrepreneurial venture at a time.”

Website: https://www.christinadaniellecornelius.com

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