Shelby Christie - Creativity

In her freshman year, Shelby Christie, made a bold decision to leave North Carolina A&T State University.

“I wasn’t doing well in my classes and I was feeling discouraged,” she said.

In search of her true calling, the history major and multi-media journalism minor took an internship with Condé Nast as a fine jewelry intern with W Magazine. While in New York City, Christie consistently received inquiries about her career from friends back home at A&T. The conversations with her peers inspired her to create a non-profit organization—Bombshells in Business, in 2011.

Christie called her mother and the two began brainstorming on how to share career advice with girls and young women in the Charlotte area.

“I (hosted) a panel of five women who were in five areas of business—education, health care, finance, fashion,” she said “We rented out a bakery, it was open to the public and we got a really good response and turn out,” Christie said.

Christie decided it was time to come back to North Carolina A&T, and returned with a greater determination to be a difference maker. Her goal was to empower women by imparting the importance of entrepreneurship and highlighting resources for career development.

Christie worked with the Division of Student Affairs to make Bombshells in Business a recognized campus organization.

Christie wanted students to know that, “You can be involved in your profession all four of your years (in college) if you aspire to do it and if you reach out and get prepared to do so.”

In 2013 Christie was published on BlackEnterprise.com as a career contributor. Her column focused on career advice for college students.

Christie noticed the career section lacked content that was geared towards college students and reached out to Black Enterprise. She eventually resubmitted her proposal to the career editor who was looking for interns and career contributors.

“I pitched the story and she really liked it,” Christie remembers.

Christie’s ultimate goal is to be a vessel of community news, inspiration and information for others and she wants to do so through television and writing.  Her advice to students is simple, “always ask questions,” she said.

“Almost all of the opportunities I received were because I went out, found an e-mail and asked,” she explained. “Be fearless and ask. The worst they can say is no and a no is just a redirection. It doesn’t mean not ever; it just means not now,” Christie said.