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Christine Clifford's experience taught her how to market and sell products, services, and herself. Now, she shares that message with others. She definitely cracked "the glass ceiling." By age 40, she was Senior Executive Vice President for The SPAR Group, an international merchandising and information services firm in New York.
As the top salesperson in the multi-billion dollar retail services industry for over eight years, Ms. Clifford's accounts included Kmart, Toys 'R' Us, Wal-Mart, AT&T, Mattel Toys, and Revlon. Taking her company from a million dollar per year loss to over $54 million in sales, Ms. Clifford signed the largest contract in the history of her industry with Procter & Gamble, doubling the size of her company overnight.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in December of 1994, Christine Clifford went on to write five award-winning, humorous portrayals of her story in books entitled Not Now...I'm Having A No Hair Day!, Our Family Has Cancer, Too!, Inspiring Breakthrough Secrets to Live Your Dreams, Cancer Has Its Privileges: Stories of Hope & Laughter, and Your Guardian Angel's Gift. YOU, Inc.: The Art of Selling Yourself, released in March 2007 by Warner Books, was named a "Notable Book of 2007" by the American Booksellers Association. She is also a featured author in Masters of Sales (August 2007).
In 1994, Ms. Clifford faced a life-changing experience and began her own company, The Cancer Club ®, now the world's largest producer of humorous and helpful products for people with cancer. Her philosophies and strategies for becoming your industry's leader are proven theories that have propelled her and the companies she has worked with to the top of their fields.
Christine Clifford is a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Survivor's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul, and is featured in the books The Courage to Laugh and The Triumph of the Human Spirit: Real Cancer Survivors, Real Battles, Real Victories.
Featured in Better Homes & Gardens, MORE, American Health, Golf Digest, as well as The Singapore Women's Weekly and the Hindu in India, CNN Live called Ms. Clifford "one of the world's leading authorities on the use of therapeutic humor". She has also appeared on Lifetime Television Network's New Attitudes show, and the Leeza Show.
Ms. Clifford was the host of The Christine Clifford Celebrity Golf Tournament, a benefit for breast cancer research. It's inaugural event raised over $100,000, making it the most successful first-year event in the history of the American Cancer Society. Her total contribution has been over $1,000,000 and she has received the "Council of Excellence Award" for income development from the American Cancer Society.
In July 2002, Christine Clifford was awarded "The Order of the Delta Gamma Rose" from the Sorority to confer special honor upon alumnae members who have made distinguished contributions to the nation or to the world through their individual efforts and talents and whose achievements have been given national recognition. It is the highest honor one can receive from the Sorority.
Christine Clifford was awarded her "CSP" (Certified Speaking Professional) designation from the National Speakers Association in July 2002. The letters "CSP" following a speaker's name indicate a speaking professional with proven experience who brings a proven record of accomplishment of experience and expertise. Less than 7% of the 5,000 speakers who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers hold this professional designation.
Ms. Clifford is on the Board of the National Speakers Association- Minnesota Chapter, a member of the National Speakers Association, the American Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, and the National Association of Breast Cancer Organizations. She is listed in International Who's Who of Professionals, International Who's Who of Entrepreneurs, and International Who's Who of Authors and Writers. She is also listed in Contemporary Authors and 2,000 Notable American Women. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Angel Foundation.
Christine Clifford helped to launch an anti-aging, multi-level marketing company in 2009 called LifeVantage, and launched Divorcing Divas, LLC in 2010. She has two sons and lives in Minneapolis, MN.
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