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Co-Founder

 Christine Priester's journey to the tech industry is a testament to resilience and determination. As a queer woman and survivor of trafficking, she faced immense challenges, including homelessness with two children. Seeking stability, Christine met Joni Bryan and  found herself in the role as Joni's executive assistant at a firm specializing in Salesforce implementation for nonprofits.

 

Driven by her passion for technology, Christine quickly embraced the world of consulting, progressing from an executive assistant to roles as an Engagement Consultant and system administrator. Transitioning into the Salesforce ecosystem provided not only financial security but also a sense of belonging within the supportive & inclusive Salesforce community, also known as the Ohana.

 

Grateful for the opportunities she received, Christine felt compelled to give back to the community that had uplifted her. She began volunteering for organizations like PepUp Tech and the Women’s Empowerment Institute, where she discovered her passion for empowering underrepresented individuals to transition into tech roles. Through sharing her own journey and vulnerabilities, Christine found that she could inspire and support others on their paths to success. 

 

Recognizing the need for more support for women and nonbinary individuals, especially those from marginalized communities, Christine co-founded GEMs in Tech. This organization focuses on providing assistance, mentorship, career coaching, and resources for individuals looking to transition into the tech industry. Christine's commitment to addressing the barriers faced by women and women of color stems from her own experiences and understanding of the support needed for those overcoming abuse and poverty. 

 

Today, Christine continues her work with GEMs in Tech, dedicated to expanding its reach and impact. Additionally, she serves as a senior consultant for Fionta, specializing in helping social impact organizations maximize their missions. Her firsthand experience as a client of social impact organizations drives her passion for making a difference and empowering others to thrive in the tech industry. Christine's journey is a testament to the transformative power of perseverance, community support, and the belief in one's ability to create change.

 

As she continues her work, she remains committed to breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for all individuals to succeed in tech.

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