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Christy Whitehouse

Ambitious and creative, Christy threw herself head-first into achieving her goals of a successful career and starting a family. See how she did it and what has to “give” to make it all happen.

Name
Christy Whitehouse

City / State
Salt Lake City, Utah

What was your big dream?
The real question for me is what wasn’t part of my big dream! Like many of my fellow female counterparts, I wanted it all: career, family life, everything. I wanted to be successful in my company and penetrate the ever exclusive “all boys club” of senior management. Through the first years of my professional life I continually bumped up against the ceiling of the top, but felt like I could never break through. My solution for a period of time was to be my own boss—which was great for a few years. Then I found the Summit Group (or they found me), and with it I found three partners who valued me for me, not for my genetic make-up!

Secondly, I wanted to be a mom. I went from being the woman who never wanted kids as it would get in the way of my career, to the women who skipped baby hungry and went straight to baby starvation mode. Finally, at 35-years-old I had my first child, an adorable little boy named Owen. And the instant-family helped round out the dream — I went from being single career driven tough lady to stepmother, wife and new mom!

How did you accomplish it?
Hard work, determination and a little bit of stubbornness. If you want me to accomplish something just tell me I can’t — the competitive side of me will quickly kick in! Oh and yes, I had great mentors, great family support and I can survive on very little sleep. 🙂

Where did you find inspiration to get started?
I think I have always been extremely driven. I graduated from high school at the age of 17 and college at the age of 21. I grew up in a small town with a family where very few people bucked the trend or opted for a career outside of the home.

What motivated you to keep going?
I loved what I did early on and the sense of accomplishment. The feeling a job well done is like a drug to me.

What’s your next Big Dream?
Professionally, I really want to become an equity partner in our firm—and I want my interactive department to double in size. Personally I really want to travel more, there are so many places that I haven’t seen. Oh and of course continue to work my 7-degrees of separation angle until I get to meet Kenny Chesney. 🙂

Who is your hero?
My sister. She is extremely thoughtful of others, loves me unconditionally and has always been my biggest fan. Isn’t there a song about the wind beneath my wings? That would be my sister.

What do you wish you did better?
Balance the things in my life. I tell everyone that I am a really good employee, great mom and a lousy wife — something’s got to give. 🙂

What book is on your night stand?
I am Proud of You, an autobiography of Mr. Rogers. It has been there for months. Challenge is it sits next to my Black Berry, which gets read far more frequently.

What is your favorite lipstick?
Lip gloss, from Bath & Body works. It has mint flavoring in it which reminds me of Bonnie Bell Chapstick when I was a kid — the kind you ate!  And it is pretty subtle, I am not much for makeup.

What is your favorite quote?
“If a cluttered desk signifies a cluttered mind…what does an empty desk signify?” My own personal daily quote involves some colorful language that I will leave out. 🙂

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