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Christina Wallace is the founder of BridgeUp: STEM, a new educational initiative at the American Museum of Natural History with a mission to captivate, inspire, and propel girls and minorities into computer science. It is funded by a generous $7.5M 5-year grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Trust. She is also the co-host of The Limit Does Not Exist, a new podcast on the FORBES network. She regularly speaks, writes, and consults on a wide range of topics, including diversity, access, failure, and an interdisciplinary approach to innovation.

Previously Christina was the founding director of Startup Institute New York, the co-founder and CEO of venture-backed fashion company Quincy Apparel, a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, and an arts manager at the Metropolitan Opera. She holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics and theater from Emory University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Christina is a resident with 30 Weeks, a Google-backed incubator, and a mentor with several startup accelerators in New York City. She is pleased to sit on the alumni board of Interlochen Center for the Arts.

She contributed a chapter to Passion and Purpose, published by Harvard Business Press in 2011, and one to Go Against the Flow, published by Urbane Publications in 2016. Mashable called her one of “44 Female Founders to Know” and Refinery29 named her one of the "Most Powerful Women in NYC Tech." She has been profiled in Elle, Marie Claire, the Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company, among others. In 2013 she won the $250,000 Take the HELM grant to open Startup Institute's New York campus. In her free time, Christina sings with Ensemble Companio, embarks on adventure travel, including summiting Mt Kilimanjaro and trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is an amateur athlete, with 21 half marathons, 3 triathlons, and 2 marathons under her belt. She currently resides in Brooklyn.