Christen J
Christen J

Director, Global Strategic Partnerships
Special Olympics

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Christen James (she/her) is Director of Global Stretgic Partnerships at Special Olympics International - focused on business development, cause marketing, sponsorships and activations on a global scale. Prior to joining Special Olympics, Christen led a Social Impact and Business Development consultancy - advising organizations on corporate partnerships and diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy. As a consultant for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Christen managed relationships and campaigns with iconic brand partners - including Conair, Macy’s, New York & Company, John Hardy, Mizuno, and Movado. At Delta Air Lines, Christen served as Global Project Leader - working across divisions to drive revenue, and during her tenure in Delta’s Global Diversity & Community Engagement divisions, she managed their vast slate of corporate philanthropic partners - including sponsor relationships with GLAAD, The King Center, Paramount Pictures, the Organization for Black Aerospace Professionals, the GRAMMYS and the OSCARS. Christen also served as Chief Operating Officer at the Council of Urban Professionals where she closed partnerships with Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Netflix, ViacomCBS, NBCUniversal, United Airlines, and the NBA, and led the organization’s highest-grossing #GivingTuesday campaign in its 15-year history.

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Special Olympics International, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Delta Air Lines, On Your Radar Productions, and Penguin/Random House. 

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