Weaving both the art and science of leadership, check out Christina’s TEDX Talk on Leadership here:
National Speaker, Civic Leadership Performance Coach, Organizational Systems Specialist, Author & Illuminator
Christina Benty, MA, is of Acadian and Irish descent, her Canadian settler heritage hails from Ontario and she holds a deep sense of place and home in Prince Edward Island where her father was born. She has lived all across the 49th parallel of Turtle Island (North America), including Kitchener, Newfoundland and all over British Columbia. She currently calls Golden, BC home, the unceded territory and ancestral lands of the Ktunaxa and Shuswap peoples and the Columbia River Metis. She is a mother to three and a grandmother to two, and her favourite recollection of her own grandmother, who was famous for her biscuits, and giggled with a crooked smile is how to cook instinctively, always taking a little bit of this with a little bit of that, and trusting and loving the process.
PowHERhouse Braid Partner, WE GATHER Co-Host, First Steps Curriculum Developer & Facilitator, Amplify Leadership Performance Coach.
Christina is a strategist and a human systems change agent who works with leaders and organizations to cultivate a culture of excellence within a kinder, wiser, more conscious environment. As an illuminator and published author, certified in everything DiSC©, as well as being a certified Power + Systems Organizational Workshop Trainer, Christina thinks like a scientist but speaks like a preacher. A two time Mayor for the town of Golden, BC, Christina speaks and facilitates nationally to governing bodies and civic management teams. Her Masters thesis investigating the state of publicly owned assets for sustainable service delivery, garnered national attention, and continues to bring her across the country delivering intellectual content in an integrated way, and always with energy and enthusiasm.
Christina is the curriculum developer of PowHERhouse’s First Steps program, a 90 Day Co-Hort for Whole Leaders. She holds a firm understanding of complex systems, and is passionate about internal and external leadership development, organizational culture and change management.
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AT A GLANCE
Are you a woman considering a leadership role in local government?
We hope your answer is YES!
We invite you to enjoy our SPEAK to Lead leadership masterclass with Charlene SanJenko and Christina Benty – former two-term Mayor of Golden, British Columbia.
Call me crazy, but I love Mondays!
I get excited about the start of the day, the week, the month, the season, and the year.
I am especially eager when the fall rolls around because it always symbolizes the season of learning with the return of both students and routine. So this fall, I was surprised to find my energy and enthusiasm waning. Like a tire with a slow leak, I felt flat and uninspired.
There is a rule of thumb for comedians: “Get off the stage while they are still laughing”.
For politicians, maybe it should be “Get off the stage while you are still laughing”! After almost twelve years in local government, two terms on council and two terms as mayor, I chose to retire while I still loved what I did. My gut instinct led me into the role, and this Fall, it told me that it was time to move on. I have learned a thing or two over my tenure, not only about leading a community but more importantly, about leading my own life. How you really are in your private life is how you show up in your public life. The two are inseparably intertwined. If you truly want to be a leader, then you better lead your own life first.
I love having meaningful conversations for a living. I am committed to bringing “love to gov”, meaning that I help facilitate conversations designed to bring about a kinder, wiser, and more intentional leadership mindset in local government. I will work as hard as you. There is nowhere I won’t go, no conversation too uncomfortable to be had. I take my work seriously and know how to have fun while I do it.
- Christina Benty
Christina's Leadership Pillars
At PowHERhouse, Christina is known as the Illuminator:
"My purpose is to illuminate - illuminate the systems, stories, patterns, beliefs, and habits that keep leaders and organizations from operating at their best and highest, so that they can see their diamond selves and lead from their soul – AND their role."
She moves fluidly between the inside to outside - macro to micro.