When you’re starting or growing a wellness business, you need guidance from experts. Enter Christine Michel Carter, a nationally known voice for millennial moms (and uniquely, young black female professionals and mothers) with experience driving results for innovative, category-leading companies. She’s a writer and global marketing strategist, and she’s one of our speakers at this year’s W.E.L.L. Summit—learn more about how she can help you bring your family into your health journey below (and follow her on Instagram and Twitter for even more inspiro).
What would WS attendees be surprised to learn about you? Though I am on the road to becoming a vegan, I used to eat large amounts of meat and junk food at a very young age. As a present for graduating the fifth grade, I asked for a 10-taco box from Taco Bell. I ate them all.
What first attracted you to W.E.L.L. Summit? I was attracted to the notion of viewing health and wellness holistically. Millennial moms are ever-changing, striving for growth and to self-improve. This seemed like a natural fit for me.
What are you teaching at this year’s Summit? Gianne and I wrote a session specifically for moms trying to raise children grounded in health and wellness. I’ll be discussing ways to include children and husband on your health and wellness journey, and (staying true to my writing tone) some of the mistakes I’ve made along the way.
What does wellness mean to you? To me wellness goes hand in hand with mindfulness. It’s a conscious effort to be spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally healthy, pure and simple.
What are you hoping to empower attendees with? I want attendees to leave understanding why it is so important to include their family on their health and wellness journey. Alone we can do so little, but as a family unit we can do so much.
What other W.E.L.L. Summit Speaker are you excited to hear from? I’m excited to hear the perspectives of my fellow speakers, Jessica Diaz and Alba Ramos. We seem to have such different speaking styles and I’m know they’ll balance out my “no holds barred” presentation style.
What exciting things are you working on this year? I continue to speak for millennial moms via Heath, Forbes and HuffPost and do have a number of other conference appearances lined up. Additionally I’m discussing black millennials and millennial moms for a few brands at their headquarters.
Anyone who is at the top of their game has had to persevere and cheerleader themselves. What is one thing others told you was impossible but you proved was possible? HA! I’m a Black thirty-something woman from Baltimore—I could literally write a book attempting to answer this question and would still miss everything I’ve been told! What I can say is after everything I’ve been told, it may have taken days, months, even years—I’ve always proved my detractors wrong.
What book(s) are you reading now? I’m reading with my children, and find myself reading books to them where Black girls are the main character. We just finished I Am Unique by Jennifer Vassel and I’m looking forward to Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison.
What quote inspires you? “My identity is very clear to me now, I am a black woman.” —Lena Horne. When dissected, it speaks to everything important to me: my internal pride in being a woman (and a Black woman at that) and how important it is for me to externally communicate- clearly and consistently—who I am.
What do you do when you feel out of balance? When I feel out of balance I pull myself from my daily routine. This means I take a different route to work or the gym, and I may work in a remote location other than my home. New experiences or breaking up routines surprisingly ground me, center me and bring me back to my goals.
WS is all about tribe. How do you ensure the right people are around you? I make it a point to surround myself with positive-thinking moms. Of all races, on all platforms and from all generations. I too believe in tribes, in fact I say “your vibe attracts your mom tribe” and the inspirational women I surround myself with are influencing me to become a better mother, wife, businesswoman and me.
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