Christie Sclater

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Global strategy, marketing and communications executive Christie Sclater, in brief.

December 20, 2022
3 Minutes
Christie Sclater

Home: New York, NY.  Age: Young energy, old soul.  Birthplace: Akron, OH.  Organization: The Estée Lauder Companies.  Title: Vice President.  Significant other: Ed, my husband and best friend.  Alma mater: Georgetown University (BSBA); The Kellogg School of Management (MBA).

Recent professional development: Joined Chief.  Latest contribution to others: Releasing new findings on the importance of human connection as a Fellow with The HOW Institute for Society. What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Quitting my first job out of college after six months when I knew it was not right for me.  What can you talk forever about? Brand, marketing, and retail ideas.  But then, let’s stop talking and make them happen.  Hobbies: Reading, reflecting and running after my young children.  Recent travel or adventure: Seoul, South Korea.  Last book read: The Extended Mind, by Annie Murphy Paul.  

Personality profile: Top Clifton strengths: Strategic, Positivity, Individualization, Connectedness, Arranger.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Intuitive.  How do you define a perfect friendship? Meaningful conversation, easy laughter, mutual respect.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Authentic collaboration in pursuit of a bigger mission. What is your greatest joy? My children.  What natural talent have you neglected? Acting. What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Skincare.  How do you relieve stress? Prayer.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Variety.

What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Monopoly.  What book have you repeatedly read? Walking on Water, by Madeleine L’Engle.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? Not a movie, but a short video — Intention, by Apple.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? Presentation matters.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? You can’t iterate from nothing.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Inspiration can come from anywhere and anyone.  It’s more about living open to it.  What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Being the eldest of four children.  What’s the greatest lesson you learned in college? The need to educate and care for the whole person, not the mind alone.  

What message do you want to send out into the world?

Love grows love.  

What change would you like to see in the world? For business to become more human.  What widely held belief do you reject? That you can be anyone or do anything you want.  What mega-trend most excites you? Freedom to integrate lives and careers together.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Extremism.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Joy Overflows.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My grandma.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? President of the United States and a mom.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? My collection of Moleskine journals.  I’ve been writing in them for 25 years.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my family, eating gelato in Central Park.  What advice would you give your younger self? Relax.  What day in your life would you choose to re-live? The day I met my husband.

Personal mission: Make a positive human impact and shine light.  Personal motto: If you have something nice to say, say it.  Favorite quote: “Steep yourself in your subject, work like hell, and love, honor, and obey your hunches” (Leo Burnett).  Desired epitaph: Joy Overflows.  

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