Her experience taught her how to market and sell products, services and herself. Now, Christine shares that message with others. Christine definitely cracked “the glass ceiling.” By 40, she was Senior Executive Vice President for The SPAR Group, an international merchandising and information services firm in New York.
As the top salesperson in the multi-billion dollar retail services industry for over eight years, Christine’s accounts included Kmart, Toys ‘R’ Us, Wal-Mart, AT&T, Mattel Toys, and Revlon. Taking her company from a million dollar per year loss to over $54 million in sales, Christine signed the largest contract in the history of her industry with Procter & Gamble, doubling the size of her company overnight.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in December of ’94, Christine went on to write eight award-winning, humorous portrayals of her story and her experiences. Christine’s newest book, Let’s Close a Deal! Turn Contacts into Paying Customers for Your Company, Product, Service or Cause was released April, 2013 by Wiley & Sons.
YOU, Inc. The Art of Selling Yourself, released March, 2007 by Warner Books, was named a “Notable Book of 2007” by the American Booksellers Association. She is also a featured author in Masters of Sales (August, 2007).
Other books by Christine include Not Now…I’m Having A No Hair Day!, Our Family Has Cancer, Too!, Inspiring Breakthrough Secrets to Live Your Dreams, Cancer Has Its Privileges: Stories of Hope & Laughter, Your Guardian Angel’s Gift, Laugh ‘Til It Heals: Notes from the World’s Funniest Cancer Mailbox and The Clue Phone’s Ringing…It’s for You! Healing Humor for Women Divorcing.
In 1994, Christine faced a life-changing experience and began her own company, The Cancer Club, now the world’s largest producer of humorous and helpful products for people with cancer. In 2010, after going through two divorces, she started Divorcing Divas which hosts all-day educational conferences for people facing divorce.
Christine’s philosophies and strategies for becoming your industry’s leader are proven theories that have propelled her and the companies she’s worked with to the top of their fields. Ideas, action, results…
Christine is a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Survivor’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Golfer’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul, and is featured in the books The Courage to Laugh; The Triumph of the Human Spirit: Real Cancer Survivors, Real Battles, Real Victories; and Gifts from the Train Station: Healing Yourself by Helping Others.
Featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, MORE, American Health, Golf Digest, as well as The Singapore Women’s Weekly and the Hindu in India, CNN Live called Christine “one of the world’s leading authorities on the use of therapeutic humor”. She also appeared on Lifetime Television Network’s New Attitudes show, and the Leeza Show.
Host of The Christine Clifford Celebrity Golf Tournament, a benefit for breast cancer research, Christine’s inaugural event raised over $100,000, making it the most successful first-year event in the history of the American Cancer Society. Her total contribution has been over $1,000,000 and she has received the Council of Excellence Award for income development from the American Cancer Society.
In July, 2002, Christine was awarded The Order of the Delta Gamma Rose from the Sorority to confer special honor upon alumnae members who have made distinguished contributions to the nation or to the world through their individual efforts and talents and whose achievements have been given national recognition. It is the highest honor one can receive from the Sorority.
In July, 2002 Christine was awarded her “CSP” (Certified Speaking Professional) designation from the National Speakers Association. The letters “CSP” following a speaker’s name indicate a speaking professional with proven experience who brings a proven track record of experience and expertise. Less than 7% of the 5,000 speakers who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers hold this professional designation.
Christine is on the Board of the National Speakers Association- Minnesota Chapter, a member of the National Speakers Association, and the American Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. She is listed in International Who’s Who of Professionals, International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs, and International Who’s Who of Authors and Writers. She is also listed in Contemporary Authors and 2,000 Notable American Women. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Collegiate DECA. Christine helped to launch an anti-aging multi-level marketing company in 2009 called LifeVantage.
Christine has two sons: Tim and Brooks, is grandmother to Syberian Husky Skylar, and lives in Minneapolis, MN.