Dr. Christine M. Sopa
Dr. Christine Sopa is the founder of Chris Sopa International (CSI) and an internationally renowned inspirational speaker and author in the field of self-improvement. As one of the emerging thought leaders in how changing your thoughts can change your life, Chris’ interactive facilitating style, humor, and healthy dose of “telling it like it is,” allow her workshops to be a safe-haven for looking beyond limitations and into ones own soul to see where transformation is waiting to happen. Chris is known for her expertise in cultural change, leadership development, behavior change, and performance enhancement and motivation in organizations throughout the globe.
Chris possesses a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, as well as a Masters Degree and a Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Her dissertation focused on the experiences and perceptions of women entrepreneurs, due to her extensive experience and continued research with female executives and entrepreneurs. After working over a decade in corporate America in sales, management, health care, and corporate training and development, she suffered from chronic ulcerative colitis at 32 years old and almost lost her life. Upon healing herself from this stress-related illness, Chris made it her life purpose to help empower others to reduce the stress in their lives, both personally and professionally, and heal themselves by changing how they think and view the world around them.
Chris is also the founder of Chris Sopa International Journeys, a subsidiary company of CSI. CSI Journeys escorts clients on international journeys to sacred sites around the globe, such as Machu Picchu in Peru, to continue their personal development and healing through challenging them in a “non-ordinary” environment to face the fears, behavior patterns, and conditioning that have shaped their lives thus far. She blogs about these experiences and her personal transformative journeys in her blog, “The Traveling Psychologist.”
Chris has served on the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House of Phoenix; the Blood Bank of Delmarva, where she served as Vice Chair; the Susquehanna Habitat for Humanity; the Cecil County Board of Education, which she served for 4 years, 1 year being Vice President and 2 years being President, and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education. Chris was a nominee for the 2011 Athena International Women’s Leadership Award and is the author of “Choosing the Life You Were Born to Live,” and “Breaking Free: Overcoming Self-Sabotage,” as well as several published journals articles and blogs.
Chris lives in Scottsdale, AZ and has two grown daughters and a grandson.