A woman on a mission. A learner of life lessons. A symbol of redemption.
A Woman on a Mission. At 32, Beatty became the youngest Chief of Staff in the city of Detroit’s history, after serving as deputy campaign manager of Kwame Kilpatrick’s first successful mayoral bid. The married mother of two, worked tirelessly on behalf of the citizen’s of Detroit, and was named one of Michigan’s Most Influential Women by Crain’s Detroit Business in 2004. Her “can-do” reputation was well known, and evidenced when she successfully served as lead negotiator for the city’s 2006 labor agreements in which she negotiated health care and wage concessions that resulted in over $30 million in savings to the city and in negotiating a deal between, the city of Detroit, the county of Wayne and the State of Michigan to save one Detroit’s premier hospitals, Detroit Receiving.
A Learner of Life Lessons. In January 2008, Beatty’s world came crashing down when intimate text messages between she and Mayor Kilpatrick, revealing an affair were published in a local newspaper, prompting her immediate resignation. In January 2009, after a year of continuous media coverage and perjury charges were filed, Beatty began serving a 3 month sentence after pleaded guilty to 2 obstruction of justice charges for denying their affair in court.
A Symbol of Redemption. Since 2009, she has turned her entire focus to sharing her platform of Reclaim, Restore, Recover and continuing her journey to personal fulfillment and purpose. Her mission to share lessons learned in losing one’s self, recovering from self-destructive choices, and forgiveness are center in her public speaking and to inspire people to deeper levels of self-discovery. Beatty authored an article entitled “A Real Life Scandal,” which was published in the November 2013 issue of Essence, to chronicle a portion of her journey, and share her very difficult and heartfelt story with the world. Now she is sharing her journey on television via Centric Television’s new show, From The Bottom Up, a new docu-series following the journey of five high profile women striving to change their lives, rebuild their homes and live their dreams after falling from grace.
Today you can find Christine Beatty raising her two teenaged daughters, Maya 17 and Lauren 15 and doing speaking engagements and hosting her own radio show, Perspectives, on 910am Super Station in Detroit. Beatty attended Howard University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1993. She also earned a master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University in 1996.
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