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EVP and Leadership & Life Purpose Coach,
Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
434-845-5968 ext. 12 - office | 434-229-4148 - cell
Christine Kennedy is a leadership and life purpose coach and the Executive Vice President of the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. In this role she helps individuals and businesses succeed through self-discovery, thought-provoking questions and providing piercing clarity on issues that often times the individual can’t see.
Christine brings a straightforward yet supportive approach to her clients and specializes in working with individuals who need direction, clarity or feel like they’re in a “holding pattern” in some area of their life. Having blown through barriers personally and professionally, she has the ability to help those who are ready to eliminate excuses to create success. Her diverse background includes customer service, sales, leadership and non-profit management and ministry -- enabling her to relate to a wide array of clients and situations. Those who are ready for increased success, and wanting encouragement and accountability to reach the goals, are ideal candidates to work with Christine.
She also is responsible for many workforce and economic development initiatives at the Chamber including the nationally award winning Leadership Lynchburg program which trains and equips high potential leaders from organizations throughout the region. With her leadership, the Chamber has succeeded with several visible projects in the region including the implementation of additional Amtrak Service to DC, securing jet service to Atlanta, earning five star accreditation with the US Chamber, just to name a few.
She has spearheaded the creation of several initiatives at the Chamber including the popular women’s series, the Women of Worth event, Business at Breakfast and the newest multi- regional endeavor, the SHAKA Project. She presents at local, state and national conferences and enjoys coaching individuals to achieve success in all areas of their lives.
She also sits on the Region 2000 Workforce Investment Board, is a certified workforce provider for the state of Virginia and conducts resume and interview workshops for job seekers at the Region 2000 Career Center. In 2010, she was appointed to the Governor’s Workforce Council which sets policy and direction for state workforce initiatives.
She is a graduate of Liberty University where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. She is also a graduate of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Executives Institute and the Dale Carnegie Course. She earned her IOM (Institute for Organization Management) designation from the US Chamber of Commerce in 2008.
Christine is credentialed as a certified professional coach and a master practitioner of the Energy Leadership Index through the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She also is certified to facilitate the Influence Style Indicator and the Change Style Indicator created by Discovery Learning, Inc.
Christine is board member of the Governor’s Workforce Council, the Workforce Investment Board, the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Association of Leadership Professionals. She has served as a graduate coach for Dale Carnegie of Central Virginia, and is a previous board member of Sister Cities of Lynchburg, the Historic Avenel Foundation and the Young Professionals of Central VA.
Aside from professional leadership responsibilities she also finds time to serve in local and international ministry where she has served as youth leader at Brookhill Wesleyan Church, District Director of World Missions for the Wesleyan Church in Virginia and West Virginia and board member of the Shenandoah District of the Wesleyan Church.
She has a love for Africa and has traveled there twice. On her last trip she returned to the Congo to dedicate a primary school that was named in her honor.
Her hobbies include teaching others, reading, traveling and spending time with her family.
Awards & Honors:
- Preceptor Award by the Community Leadership Association for her work with Leadership Lynchburg, April 2008
- Leadership Achievement Award by Chamber Voices Toastmasters, May 2007
- “20 under 40” by the Blue Ridge Business Journal, 2006
- Vice-Mayor’s Award of Excellence for her work in the region, February 2005
- Emerging Leader by the Blue Ridge Business Journal in December 2003
- Area Outstanding Point Production, First Citizens Bank, 1998
- Best Attitude Award, First Citizens Bank, July 1997