Christina “Chris” Thompson
Mom, Black, Respectful Disruptor, Community Organizer
Christina “Chris” Thompson believes that generosity, self-reflection, respecting differences, honoring commitments, and having a passion for this work is crucial for success. Chrstine is a performance-driven, globally educated professional with over 16 years of experience in change management, intercultural studies and DEI. She is innovative and creative in her approach to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) work. Most recently, Christina led the creation and implementation of TODOS (The Outcomes-based Diversity Outreach Strategy) which has since become a nationally recognized and award-winning DEI initiative (5 years in a row) in Spain/U. Christina also created and chaired the inaugural Global Respectful Disruption Summit (GRDS), which created a new, virtual, innovative space to highlight underrepresented voices and help practitioners create accountable steps to systemic change. GRDS was inspired by the internationally recognized and nominated webinar series on Respectful Disruption, which was developed by Christina in 2021 and was selected as the PIEoneer awards Innovation in London for Championing Diversity finalist for 2022. Christina enjoys tough challenges, building communities around common goals, coaching and co-constructing equitable strategies for businesses and institutions that push for progress.
What’s one thing you love about yourself? Have you always?
I love my positivity and out-of-the-box approaches to challenges. I haven’t always appreciated that about myself because being different or thinking differently can make those who are more comfortable following the mainstream uncomfortable. Over the years, I have grown more comfortable with being uncomfortable and settled in being authentically me.
Do you think people can really change?
Yes, but change comes from within first after self-reflection, dismantling deficit approaches to change, and last, moving past the fear of change or progress.