Since 2008, Christie has had a portfolio of business, not-for-profit and public policy activities. She is Chairman of Hatch beauty Brands, on the Advisory Board of the Offutt Companies, and on the Advisory Board of Edge Beauty. She has served for over 20 years on the board of Trustees for Rush University Medical Center and has also distinguished herself as a committed HIV/AIDS activist. She spent four years as project board chairman for the CORE Center––a public-private partnership between Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospital––and raised $30 million to build this innovative clinic and research facility, which opened in Chicago in the summer of 1998. The CORE Center conducts clinical research and provides prevention education and outpatient care for people with HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases. She is a member of the Better Government Association’s Civic Leadership Committee, and has served on the board of the D.C. based Center for American Progress Action for over 10 years. She serves as the President of the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation which supports work around the First Amendments, civil liberties, and ending the war on drugs.
From 1988-2008 she served as Chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc. overseeing global expansion of Playboy’s legendary brand to a wide array of new platforms and markets, transforming a domestic publishing-based business into a global multi-media and lifestyle company. When she left, over 40% of her executives were women. She was the longest serving female CEO ever of a public company, and she was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World by Forbes magazine for three consecutive years.
The first woman elected to the Chicago chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Christie helped to found The Chicago Network and the Committee of 200. She’s on the Council of National Advisors for Springboard Enterprises and has been a judge and a coach. She has been honored by the Women’s Business Development Center, and she received National Cable and Telecommunications Association’s 2002 Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership, cable industry’s highest honor, for longstanding commitment to the First Amendment rights of cable programmers and operators and for strong advocacy of workplace diversity.
Christie was born in Chicago. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year of college, she graduated from Brandeis University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American literature.