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Christina Steed

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  • 2022-2023 Center for Communication Engagement Faculty Fellow, Adjunct Faculty
  • ​​​MA (University of Missouri at Columbia)
  • Public Relations and Advertising
  • Areas of Expertise: Public Relations, Marketing, Multicultural Communications, Diversity and Inclusion, Global Communications​

Christina Steed is an award-winning executive-level marketing communication expert. Her expertise includes new business development, client relations, diversity, equity and inclusion, global relations, and internal and external marketing communications. She is also a consultant for global companies and agencies with Agents & Strategies (A&S), a cultural consultancy company. Her brand experience includes McDonald's, AT&T, Cox Communications, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Nielsen, Dow Chemical, Nike Chicago, City of Chicago, and several more 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.  

With a lifelong commitment to impactful storytelling, she began her career in broadcast journalism after receiving her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her M.A. 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 a host/producer of the show For the Culture with Christina Steed. She is an adjunct professor and the Center for Communication Engagement Faculty Fellow in the College of Communication with a focus on multicultural marketing communications at DePaul University, as well as serves on the dean's advisory board. 

She currently serves as a board member on the Girls Like Me Project, Open Books, and the Chicago Reader boards. She previously served on the boards of the Publicity Club of Chicago (PCC), South Side Community Art Center, Chicago State Foundation, 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 from Bulldog Reporter, PCC, NABJ, and other organizations. A native of Chicago's south suburbs, she is married and currently resides in Chicago and Atlanta. 

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