Public Speaking Engagements

  • Keynote speaker at Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Induction Ceremony (HACC) – Pioneering Your Future (2014)
  • Keynote speaker at African American Student Association Honors Banquet (HACC) – “Determination” (2012)
  • “Rising Stars” Recognition Ceremony – “My Journey to Success” (2012)
  • Keynote speaker for Pennsylvania Amerihealth Caritas Scholarship Banquet (2014) “When the Road is Long and Uncertain”

Sample Blog/Magazine Contributor Posts

Raising the Numbers: Ensuring Our Children Don’t Fall Between the Education Cracks – Urban Cusp (2014)

5 Epic Career Lessons to Learn in Your Twenties – Braathe Enterprises (2014)

Why Use Instagram for Business? – Strella Social Media (2013)

Don’t Hate On Your Own Shine: How to Supercharge Your Confidence – Brazen Life (2012)

Daring to Make My Online Brand More Personal – Strella Social Media (2012)


Samples of Workshops Developed and Facilitated

“Employing Cultural Relevance Pedagogy to Engage Students in the Classroom” – Teacher training for The Nativity School of Harrisburg – (2014)

“Your Brand. Your Identity. Your Choice” – HACC Scholarship Workshop – (2014)

“Building a Generation of Creators: Exploring Creator Vs. Victim Thinking” – Anne Arundel Community College Empowering Women Leaders Symposium (2014)

“Leveraging Your Networks for Success” – Harrisburg Area Community College – Alumni Webinar (2014)

“Using Your Network to Become a Change Agent” – BCOHE – Student Leadership Development Institute (2014)

Career Exploration – Engineering Focus (Elementary school ages)

Knowing Me: Dealing with Self Image (middle school to high school ages)

Ministering From the Heart (faith-based, high school ages)

Question Behind the Question – Asking Questions to Find Real Solutions (adults)


Community Partnership Programs

Girl Exchange Leadership/Personal Development Workshop Facilitator – Uniquely You Summit, Washington, D.C. (2014)

Mentoring Partnership to Encourage College-going workshop facilitator – S.T.A.R.S./Respect Alliance – Philadelphia, PA (2014)

HACC/GearUP Harrisburg School District College Prep Workshops facilitator – Harrisburg, PA (2013)

“Seed for Life” Healthy and Active Lifestyles Student Partnership with Ben Franklin Elementary School lead coordinator – Harrisburg, PA (2013)

College Choice Partnership w/ Sci-Tech High School workshop facilitator – Harrisburg, PA (2010)

“Bridging the Gap” College Prep Partnership with Salvation Army workshop facilitator – Harrisburg, PA (2008)


Praise for Christina…

Christina is a valuable asset to the Virtual Project Blog. Her articles discussing career services, job interviewing, and internships have been popular with our college student audience and her wealth of knowledge is evident in each blog post. Her experiences as a counselor and background in higher education allow her to provide relevant and pointed examples that truly benefit our readers. I would happily recommend Christina for a position at a higher education institution as it is clear that undergraduate students seeking career planning assistance would be in good hands. ~Yasheaka Oakley, Public Relations Specialist at Braathe Enterprises

Through several collaborative projects with the Admissions Office, I’ve had the opportunity to work with an amazing professional in the field of higher education… Christina Wood. Christina is passionate about empowering students and is a creative problem-solver. She has also been a mentor to me as I enter into the field of Student Affairs for the first time. ~Adrienne Thoman, Admissions Counselor at Central Penn College

Christina is the model leader. She’s constantly learning, refining and applying. Most recently, Christina has shown an interest in social media to grow her network. She was eager to get started, she remained open-minded as willingly embraced new ideas and suggestions, and she kept me abreast of her progress along the way. As she navigated the social media scene, she kept her eyes and ears open and asked strong questions, proving to me she had done her homework. Christina is an individual who truly cares about a job well done, about the community, and about doing the right thing. She’s an asset to any team and a sheer joy to have as a friend and colleague. ~Rachel Strella, Owner at Strella Social Media

Over the 10 months I have worked with Christina, I have found her energies to be focused on helping and encouraging many of our students achieve their dreams through higher education. Through many of the events I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her “in action,” I have been impressed with the way she passionately interacts with traditional and non-traditional age students – making them feel comfortable, honored and supported. As a high-performing advocate for students, she demonstrates an openness and willingness to accept students where they are and help them see where they can go! In addition to being student centered, she is a competent writer (check out her blog!), speaker and advisor/counselor who I respect and appreciate. ~Dr. John Sygielski, President of Harrisburg Area Community College

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