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Christine Grumm Christine Grumm consultant. potential unleasher. transformer.

Christine Grumm, formerly President and CEO of the Women's Funding Network, now heads the Chris Grumm Consulting Group. She's dedicated to helping her clients unleash their potential to transform the world.

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A focus of my life is the issue of how we can change the world through gender equality. How do we support solutions that come from women’s leadership or girls’ leadership out in the field, so their ideas and solutions can be utilized, implemented, resourced, and actually work to make a difference for their whole community? If we don’t bring women and girls to the table, we’re missing half of the assets of the community in terms of building solutions.

At home, when I was growing up, we talked about issues like philanthropy and justice. I grew up in Hawaii when it wasn’t yet a state. My dad was a Lutheran missionary. We lived in a small town where we were the minority. So I grew up with an interesting world view. I was surrounded by a lot of different cultures and raised by parents who focused their attention on how to make the world a better place for people.

Then we moved back to the mainland, right into the middle of the upheaval of the civil rights and the anti-war movements. All of that solidified my belief in and my search for justice and the kind of social change that makes a difference in people’s lives.

As I think about my future, one of the things that excites me is business people talking about social change. There’s a wonderful movement around developing businesses for doing good. Part of doing that involves diving deep into social change. People often believe that social change comes about by, for instance, giving a girl an education or a scholarship that will make a difference in her life. While it does make a difference in her life, it doesn’t necessarily make a difference in her community or in the world. Doing that takes what I call deep-dive social change.

My passion as I move forward is working with people so they truly understand that if we’re going to make a difference it has to be change at the individual level, but also change at the community level, and then systemic change.

What’s given me my passion and whatever insight I have are the wonderful and incredible conversations I’ve had with small groups of women with the kind of smarts to explore the question of how to make changes on the institutional level to get women and girls to the table. What would that take?

– Christine Grumm

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