CEO, I AM THAT GIRL
Christy Oliver Reeves has been a passionate advocate for philanthropy and community betterment for more than two decades. A seasoned nonprofit executive, Christy has extensive experience building and sustaining organizations, with a successful record that spans strategic planning, program development, fundraising and advocacy.
Currently, Christy serves as the CEO of I AM THAT GIRL, a global movement that empowers girls to speak their truth, love themselves and be the leaders of the future. Prior to this, she served as the CEO of Single Stop USA, a national anti poverty organization that has served over 1.5 million households connecting them to over $4 billion in resources. For eight years, she served as the Director of Community Relations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and as the Executive Director of its foundation. Earlier in her career, Christy served as the CEO of the Girl Scouts Audubon Council.
Christy is a Teaching Fellow for the Center for Corporate Citizenship, Boston College, Carroll School of Management. She has her Bachelors of Art in Theatre and holds Masters Degrees in both Business Administration and Library and Information Science. And she is the recipient of numerous community awards, including named The Baton Rouge Business Report’s 40 Under 40 in 2006 and an Influential Women in Business in 2012. Her considerable involvement in community and professional organizations include: the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, the Dean’s Advisory Board for LSU Libraries, Capital Area United Way, Manship Theatre, the Foundation for East Baton Rouge Schools, Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana Senior Olympic Games, Playmakers of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Children’s Coalition, LSU School of Human Ecology, and the Capital Area YMCA
How do you define your purpose and mission in life?
To serve others. I’m most fulfilled by helping them grow into their full potential.
What’s a moment that could’ve broken you, but didn’t? How did you get past the struggle?
Ha! So many. Most recently I took a huge risk for a job I was passionate about. I took a huge pay cut and was not guaranteed I’d even have a job in a matter of months. It was hard. Harder than I even expected. And I felt like a failure in my work and a disappoint to my family for making this choice. But a friend said to me, are you kidding? Most people are too scared to take that kind of risk for something they love. We want to, she said, and to see you do it is inspiring. That inspired me. 🙂
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Treat your body better. Make it your best friend. Training it, treat it, take care of it. You will be able to do more and spend way less money on it later!!
Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
Almost everyone inspired me. I’ve never had one person who does it more than another. I meet people daily who pump me with inspiration in how they live their life and the work they do. I love a good underdog story, too. Because aren’t we all really underdogs in our own minds?
If you could create a slogan for your life, what would it be?
Go for it. No matter how it ends, it’ll be a hell of an experience.