Christina Morgan is sunshine in a bottle. Her positive energy, passion for connecting women, and enthusiasm for everything she takes on is contagious. She is the kind of woman you cannot help but want to be around.
Every time I see Christina, I am inspired to do more. To get involved. To be a better person. Don't worry, she also has the ability to make you feel like a total rockstar just by being yourself.
You can meet Christina (and be inspired) at the Launch Party + Spotlight on Women in Business. She is one of our fabulous featured speakers.
You can also read her Q&A below!
Introduce yourself and business as if you were speaking from the cockpit.
Good afternoon ladies & gents. This is your Songwhale flight attendant speaking. At this time, we request that all cell phones be turned ON for the full duration of the flight, as these items are necessary to embrace new mobile technology on this aircraft. All other electronic devices should be turned on by the time we reach an elevation of 10,000 feet, at which time we'll show you some really cool apps to check out on your iPad. Feel free to tweet 'hello' to other passengers around you as we prepare for takeoff.
When did you earn your wings?
I've been working at Songwhale, a local Pittsburgh startup, for a little over a year now. Although Songwhale isn't my company (it was formed by Ty Morse & Jon Greenlee in 2007), I'm lucky to be in a key role here, learning the in's and out's of a successful tech company. In addition to my job, I've also been President of the 85 Broads Pittsburgh Chapter for 3 years. Through it, I have met a number of entrepreneurs that inspire me daily. As a leader in this organization, I try to connect members and foster an environment where women can learn and grow from one another, many of whom own a business or are thinking about starting one someday.
If you could name a nail polish color after yourself or your business, what would it be?
If I had to pick one for Songwhale, it would be Yodel Me on My Cell by OPI. It's one of our logo colors and our phones never stop ringing and/or receiving text messages.
Not all flights are smooth. Tell us about how you handle turbulence in your business.
There are always up's and down's working at a small business, and not everyday is glamorous (I've spent afternoons hauling 200 pound tents around PNC Park, which isn't very fun). You have to always keep the end goal in sight and try to stay positive even when things go array. If a client emergency comes up, be calm and don't panic. And if you make a mistake, learn from it and move on.
Who is the wind beneath your wings?
I've connected with a lot of amazing women through 85 Broads that inspire me – Founder of 85 Broads Janet Hanson, Alexa Von Tobel of LearnVest, and Susan Gregg Koger of ModCloth are just a few examples. I admire them very much. My greatest peer mentor is my good friend, Chiyoko McDonald, who is the head of Marketing at Alexander Wang in New York. She always helps me to keep things in perspective.
Advice to other women as they navigate the business world?
Stay true to yourself and your morals. The bottom line in business is important to success, but make sure that you can go to bed with your decisions at night. Work hard, but play hard too. If you don't keep yourself happy, it will show in everyday activities. And ladies, stick together. We need each other to help foster success, not hinder it.