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Christine Neitzke, vice president and co-founder, The Dragonfly Foundation

What is the most challenging aspect of being leader? 

I think the most challenging aspect is time, finding the time to do everything that you want to do and to be the person that you can truly be. 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I’ve ever received is to not take on too much at once, and to not bear the burden of everything on your shoulders. It think that is something that I still do a lot as a mom and as a leader of a foundation. But we all do that. 

What aspects of your personality have contributed to your success?

One of my best personality traits is being honest and open about things and not being afraid to fail. Sometimes I don’t have the answer and I’m not afraid to say that. 

How do you think your employees would describe you?

I think they would describe me as being honest and trustworthy and not being afraid to take a risk with things. 

What aspect of your company are you most passionate about?

I am most passionate about the kids with cancer and families of those kids through the The Dragonfly Foundation foundation. Four-and-a-half years ago my son was diagnosed with stage three Hodgkin’s lymphoma. That moment changed our lives forever. So to be able to help other families that are going through the cancer journey and the kids and young adults that are facing this challenge – helping them is what makes my day. 

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

The craziest thing I’ve ever done – that I can talk about publicly – has been starting this nonprofit, and starting it with my friend Ria Davidson. Who would’ve thought five years ago that we would be running a nonprofit and helping all these families. But it is the best and the craziest thing I’ve ever done. 
 

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2015 C-Suite Awards presented by Venue & Lead Magazine

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