Christy’s career is awash with impressive achievements and accolades – including a Treasury Today Adam Smith Award for Best Financing Solution. One project that stands out is the leading role that Christy played in developing a new asset class and structure dedicated to monetisation of technology-related patent royalties.
This structure resulted in transactions that accelerated cash to the company’s investors and reduced counterparty credit risk. What’s more, the marketing effort involved significant outreach to debt capital market investors to educate them on the value of invention, invention rights and investing in invention through patent royalties.
“This exemplifies Christy’s efforts to expand the role of treasury within the organisation and, more importantly, to build expertise and credibility in her ability to design and successfully execute creative and innovative solutions to complex problems and opportunities,” says Janet Smith, VP & Chief Counsel, Corporate Affairs at Intellectual Ventures Management. “Christy has built a reputation internally and externally as a strong negotiator who represents IV with integrity and professionalism at all times.”
Christy has been able to forge this impressive career whilst still maintaining a rich and fullfilling life outside of the office. Aside from being a mother to two young girls, Christy is active across various organisations in her local community and is involved in a number of not-for-profit organisations. This demonstrates Christy’s belief that true commitment to supporting and inspiring others shouldn’t end when we leave our offices.
Christy is a volunteer with Expand Your Horizons Lake Washington, a girl’s career fair presented by women in established careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Within this, Christy shares her journey in finance and technology to inspire and instil confidence in young women.
The Friendship Circle of Washington is another organisation that Christy has been involved with since 2011. It provides a range of inclusive therapeutic, educational, and recreational activities for families, children, and young adults with special needs. Christy has worked with Dress for Success Seattle, a non-profit organisation to empower women to achieve economic independence, is Troop Treasurer for Girls Scouts of Western Washington and is also actively engaged with Mary’s Place, a non-profit organisation supporting empowering women, children and families by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe environment.
One organisation that Christy is especially passionate about is FIRST Washington Robotics – a non-profit organisation inspiring children, ages six-18, in the sport of science, technology, and teamwork through competitive robotics – because of the impact that it has on students in the community.
Commenting on Christy’s career, Selena Linde, Partner at Perkins Coie LLP said: “It has been an honour to work with Christy over the past six years. She is one of the few women that I work with in this role and she is a role model for women pursuing career paths in treasury and risk management. I truly admire Christy’s work ethic, dedication to her career and the ability to balance her career with the responsibilities of raising two young girls.”