Leadership

Christine Gannon

Christine Gannon serves as a respected exemplary leader in the public, private and non-profit sectors, as CEO of Brightworks Consulting.  Leaning on her extensive cross-industry experience, she is an invested architect of change, providing exceptional value and notable ROI for clients.  As CEO, Christine is known for her expertise in leadership, business process improvement, collaborative partnerships, and DE&I.  Her research is focused on leadership, equity, inclusion and ensuring the workplace is safe, educated, and equitable.  As an industry leader, Brightworks designs innovative solutions cross-sector, for the community and collective at large. 

Most recently, Christine received the prestigious 2021 Outstanding Women in Business Award from the Phoenix Business Journal and was recognized in 2020 as the Top Woman Achiever of Arizona by the Capitol Times.  She hosts a weekly podcast entitled Great Companies! Great Leaders! 

With an M.Ed. in International Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management, Ms. Gannon is also a published author and co-author of several books to include:  The Excellence Code:  7 Steps to Achieve Lasting Impact™, The Prepared Patient©, Constitutional Grit:  Using Grit as a Catalyst for Female Equity in the C Suite, along with Executive Women Grit: Powerful Stories of Women Who Earned the Silver Spoon. 

Prior to launching Brightworks Consulting, Ms. Gannon was the IBM Vice President of Business Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma holding a Master Black Belt certification. She served as a leader, advisor and consultant for IBM’s internal transformation efforts and led global teams within IBM’s Outsourcing and Operations Strategy, specifically serving Fortune 100 organizations. 

Before joining IBM, Ms. Gannon served as a Global Program and Communications Executive at American Express, delivering key technology initiatives in the Asia Pacific regions, Australia, and the UK.

Part of her career experience includes time serving the US Department of Veterans Affairs as a Strategic Advisor.  Ms. Gannon successfully designed and delivered a national community investment initiative, collaborating with internal and external stakeholders including Congress, agency partners, government and non-government organizations, non-profits, service members and Veterans. She developed influential strategies that were implemented at the national level, with direct impact to Arizona, connecting Veterans and transitioning service members with competitive employment and education opportunities. 

Christine serves as Co-Founder and President of The Foundation for Female Equity and Inclusion, a 501c3 established to help organizations close the gap of equity and inclusion in the workplace.   She also serves as Executive Director of Just for Patients, a patient advocacy 501c3.

Ms. Gannon is deeply vested in the community serving as a board member and on advisory committees in Education, DE&I, and close to her heart, Veterans. 

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