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Christina Steed

  • Adjunct Faculty
  • ​​​MA (University of Missouri at Columbia)
  • Public Relations and Advertising
  • Public Relations, Marketing, Multicultural Communications, Diversity and Inclusion, Global Communications​

Christina Steed is an adjunct professor in the College of Communication with a focus on multicultural marketing communications. Christina Steed is also an award-winning marketing communications expert whose experience includes previously serving as executive vice president of client relations for a boutique agency in Chicago. Her expertise includes business development, client relations, diversity, equity and inclusion, and internal and external marketing communications. Her recent brand experience includes Cox Communications, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Nielsen, Dow Chemical, Nike Chicago, City of Chicago and several others in various industries.

Christina’s background includes a mix of journalism, consumer and business-to-business (B2B) public relations and marketing communications, social media, content marketing, stakeholder engagement, trade show marketing, and international communications. She has previously held management positions with Golin; a small B2B marcom agency focused on global trade show marketing; and an international foodservice packaging manufacturer.

With a lifelong commitment to quality storytelling, she began her career in broadcast journalism after receiving her BS in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her MA in strategic communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s School of Journalism.

Christina has been featured in PR Week, PR News, PR Newswire, and Rolling Out. She is also a podcaster with her podcast Firsts Over Forty and frequent contributor to her agency’s blog with her video series FLOW Along with Christina Steed.

Christina enjoys reading, writing, traveling, attending live concerts, yoga and social media surfing. She is a member of the Publicity Club of Chicago, the Black Public Relations Society, ColorComm, and the National Association of Black Journalists. She currently serves on the board of the Chicago State University Foundation and Girls Like Me Project. She previously served on the board of the South Side Community Art Center and on the Executive Committee for the American Diabetes Association Step Out Walk. She has been recognized as one of PR Week’s 40 under 40 Rising Stars, Ariel Investments and WVON’s 1690 40 Game Changers in Chicago and has received numerous awards for her marketing communications campaigns. A native of Chicago’s south suburbs, she is married and currently resides in Chicago and Atlanta.

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