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Christine Burkette

CEO at Promising Integration Consulting Firm, Inc and The 5Fs To Love, LLC

Information Technology and Services

Education: B.S. in Chemistry from Delaware State University - Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Technology at Michigan State University (in progress), M.S. in Curriculum Instruction & Technology Capella University, M.S. in Science Marygrove College
Detroit, MI, USA

Biography

Christine Burkette the CEO of Promising Integration Consulting Firm, Inc. (PICF Inc.), a black women owned IT consulting firm, located in Detroit, MI. She is also the CEO and inventor of a new compatibility app and card game, The 5F’s to Love, LLC.
She is from Detroit, Michigan, attended Northwestern High School, graduating at the top of her class. Her love for science and music motivated Christine to travel over 30 miles each way, by bus to high school. Her decision was based on attending a high school with a planetarium and a music program. During high school, she traveled the country as a young jazz musician and participated in several science and music competitions. In 1988, Christine won a national Duracell contest building a life size walking ostrich powered by Duracell batteries. She attended Delaware State University, in Dover, Delaware, completing her, B.S. degree in Chemistry, M.S. degree in curriculum and instruction at Capella University, in 2010 and her 2nd M.S. degree in science at Marygrove College, in 2012. She is currently enrolled in the Michigan State University, doctoral program in Educational Psychology and Technology.
Over the past 12 years, Christine has worked in fortune 500 companies from General Motors to ProQuest in the role of Corporate Trainer, Senior IT Project Manager, IT Consultant and Business Strategist. As the former CIO of Detroit Public Schools Community District, in her 90 days of employment she successfully designed and launched the school districts first online 9th grade admissions testing platform. Within 4 months of employment working collaboratively with six internal and external partners and departments the virtual/hybrid teaching and learning platform, 2 years prior to the 2020 pandemic. Further confirming her ability to accurately forecast the needs of an organization mitigating the impact for over 50,000 students and 30,000 staff.
Christine has over 10 years’ experience as a speaker in DEI, Innovative IT Solutions, Leading in Tech: Building a Team of Leaders, Creating the Roadmap to being a IT CEO, App Development: Where to Start! and Integrating Tech to Enhance Teaching and Learning: Closing Learning Gaps.
With her experience in corporate she understood the role of technology as well as a student’s ability to apply what they learned in the classroom to real world applications successfully. When given an opportunity to teach chemistry and biology in an urban high school, she used her on the job training as a Chemist and IT Consultant and created an application-based science learning experience. Using data from previous test cycles, she identified an opportunity to rewrite the science curriculum and begin testing her theory that all students can learn Educational Psychology and Educational Technology provided the proper teaching and learning environment. This demands accountability and promotes curiosity.
Although she believes that her education is a vital key to her success and career opportunities, she would rather be known for her eminent ability to lead high stakes projects with a 91% success rate. Christine launched Promising Integrations Consulting Firm, Inc. (PICF, Inc.) in 2004, to qualify as an education service provider, in the state of Michigan, so she could provide PD training on how to integrate tech in the classroom. During her second-year teaching biology, she was recognized by the governor for innovative teaching, launching one of the first paperless classrooms, by incorporating computers in her classroom curriculum, in 2003. She shared with school leadership this was in keeping with corporate standards, in relation to submitting typed lab reports, doing research, and creating presentations. Her company is focused sharing how to enhance the pedagogy of teaching and learning, that will close learning gaps and increase content comprehension for all students.
Christine prides herself on setting an example of what can be accomplished when you are a black woman working in a field usually dominated by men. Her background in technology ranges from software development, large scale deployment, infrastructure design and implmentation, data center management, innovative technology solutions, IOS integration, disaster recovery, biometrics, to SQL/cloud server. PICF, Inc. is an IT consulting firm with over one hundred staff ranging from content developers, retired teachers/school leaders to network engineers. Providing services ranging from K12 online learning to cyber security. Her client’s range K12 school districts, colleges, healthcare companies, small startup companies, athletes with individual product lines to federal contracts.
In 2019, she launched The 5F’s To Love, LLC. The 5F’s To Love brand has been in development for the past four years, can be used, whether you have been dating for a few weeks or married for 20 to 30 years. The brand launched in September, 2021 the podcast is availble on Facebook, Linkedin, YouTube Channel, Twitter, iTunes, Google Podcast, Spotify, Anchor, Breaker, Pocket Casts, and Radio Public. Tune in every Friday, 8pm to 9pm EST. The App is availble for download on Apple Store and Google Play and the card game, will be availble in stores December,2021 at Target, Walmart, Amazon and The 5F’s To Love website. The 5F’s To Love is a compatibility app will help you align your core values. The things that matter most to you in a relationship, by ranking words that start with the letter “F” and placing them in chronological order of importance to you. Once you have ranked your F’s, your top “5F’s” will be identified, share a link with your spouse or person you are dating to compare your F’s. Understanding the top “5f’s” matching is the key to successful relationship. This is a quick and noninvasive way to see what you have in common and the areas you may need to work on. You can use this app to reassess your relationship compatibility multiple times, as needed. The 5F’s To Love Card Game is a fun and interactive game allowing players in the game to ask the problematic questions, while building a stronger and healthier relationship your spouse, partner, person your dating, or just playing the game with aa group of friends with potential mates. Everyone wants a stronger, healthier, and happy relationship. The card game guides you thru mindful and nurturing questions ranging from finance, intimacy, relationship, cooking and health questions to trust and dare questions, across 10 relationship areas. The goal of the card game is to strengthen your communication and deepen your connection.
“The only way to get started is taking the first step, taking action on one thing and seeing it thru to the end! Are you READY?” - Christine M. Burkette

For more information about Christine Burkette, go to:
1. PICF, Inc, - https://picfinc.com/
2. Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Promising-Integrations-Consultanting-Firm-Inc-107178009368285
3. LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/picfinc/
4. YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBKx7XOGuw3v_jYxxsBuL7Q
5. Facebook TechTalkswithChris - https://www.facebook.com/ITTalkswithChris
6. Facebook The5FsToLove - https://m.facebook.com/The-5Fs-To-Love-103002281890706/
7. Innovation Women Profile - https://speaker.innovationwomen.com/user/9844

Passion

Christine is a nationally recognized speaker in DEI, Innovative IT Solutions, Transformational Leadership and How to Use Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning in the Classroom.

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I am willing to travel

More than 100 miles

When it comes to payments

I generally get paid for speaking but make exceptions

Topics

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Best Story

A colleague had sent me a proposal request for an IT consulting contract with a top Fortune 500 company. Intrigued, I submitted my outline and was asked to present it to the executive team.

When the day came, I arrived early to check the tech compatibility and set up my presentation. When I was done, I sat down to review my notes which happened to be close to the beverage table. Shortly after, the executives entered the conference room. Smiling at me as they walked in, the VP first checked with his colleagues to see if they wanted any coffee. As he walks over to me, he hands me his credit card; he asked me if I could go downstairs to Starbucks to grab coffee for everyone? Being a team player, I said, "Sure, do you mind if I grab a coffee for myself as well?" I could see a look of shock as he said, "Yeah, sure, grab yourself something."

15 minutes later, I set the 10 coffees in 3 trays and 2 pastries on the conference table. As I started distributing them, the VP steps out to ask the admin, "Where's Chris from PICF, Inc.? I thought they were presenting this morning." When he comes back in, I'm standing at the front of the room next to his seat. As he approaches me, I hand him his credit card, and I thanked him for the coffee and asked if he was ok with us starting.

At this point, everyone in the room had a slight grin with a precarious look. Not missing a beat, I began the presentation and, in the end, asked for questions and thanked them all for their time. As I was saying bye, I shook the VP's hand and said, next time, you've gotta get the coffee."

I secured the contract because I was the best candidate based on my years of experience and the innovative directional focus for this particular project. I had 5 great years working for this company, but this situation had always stuck with me because it's one of the first times when I was finally at the big boy's table, and I was seen as help before I was seen for what could bring to the table in a workplace setting.

Origin Story

Christine started her career in a fortune 100 company and began the leap between education and corporate, spanning 15 years. Christine considers one of her significant accomplishments was being contracted to develop and deploy General Motors' enterprise-wide new hire onboarding program. Her success was recognized in an article published in US Black Engineer & IT Volume 45 Issue 1, pages 24-25, published on December 23, 2020.

Christine is a highly sought-after IT and Education expert contracted by various school districts and small businesses during the pandemic. Her success and expertise were recognized when Stratix invited her to work as a contributing consultant on a project presented to the Michigan Department of Education — providing school districts with laptops and tablets to remote IT support during the pandemic. Christine was a guest on their podcast, The Future of K-12 Education – Beyond the Four Walls Episode 7, 16/10/20,43:50. She was also featured as an expert in the article Rapidly Addressing Remote Learning Capabilities for Students in the City of Detroit with the help of Stratix.

Example talks

Don’t Think – Do It! - Inventing The Next Great Idea!

Don’t Think – Do It! - Inventing The Next Great Idea!

Type: Technology & Entrepreneur Keynote Lecture
Time: 40/50 min

Abstract: Don’t Think – Do It! – Inventing the Next Great Idea! – This lecture will inspire attendees to move forward with developing their ideas. Sharing the inspirational story how the new relationship compatibility app available on Apple Store and Play Store, was developed and launched in November 2021. The lecture is designed to motivate attendees to take their idea to market!

Learning Objectives:
1. First steps to developing an app (idea).
2. Connecting the dots to going live.
3. How to manage potential roadblocks or obstacles.
4. Who is on your team?

Proposed Technology:
• Device - to take notes or record the session
• Access to social media

Type: Keynote Lecture (live or virtual)

Time: 40/50 min

Resources: PPT or MP4

Intended Audience: All Levels

Materials provided: Copy of PPT

Audio/Visual and Computer requirements:
1. Projectors
2. Microphone/lavalier
3. Screen to project ppt/MP4
4. WIFI accessibility to output source
5. Speakers (audio)

Leadership Keynote: All I Do Is WIN- WIN - WIN - No Matter What!

Lecture Title: All I Do Is WIN- WIN - WIN - No Matter What!

Type: Leadership Keynote Lecture
Time: 30 min

Abstract: All I Do Is Win-Win-Win- No Matter What! – A leaders guide to approaching each challenge as a WINNER! The lecture is designed to motivate and inspire leaders to remember - It’s the start the stops most of us from obtaining success in our careers and life goals.

Learning Objectives:
1. Provide strategies on how to get moving to execution
2. Build confidence and capability – in tech advancements
3. How to use your weaknesses for opportunities for growth
4. 10 ways to keep self-motivated thru out the process

Proposed Technology:
• Device - to take notes or record the session
• Access to social media

Type: Keynote Lecture (live or virtual)

Time: 40 mins

Resources: PPT or MP4

Intended Audience: All Levels

Materials provided: Copy of PPT

Audio/Visual and Computer requirements:
5. Projectors
6. Microphone/lavalier
7. Screen to project ppt/MP4
8. WIFI accessibility to output source
9. Speakers (audio)

DEI – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Emerging Thru Bias and Creating a more Inclusive Work Environment

Session Title: DEI – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Emerging Thru Bias and Creating a more Inclusive Work Environment

Type: Presentation or Workshop (live or virtual)
Time: 50 min (interactive discussion similar to workshop)

Abstract: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Emerging Thru Bias and Creating a more Inclusive Work Environment. This session will walk attendees thru each phase of developing and executing an internal DEI initiative in their organization working collaboratively with external consultant. The presentation includes a 50 min presentation or workshop session including but not limited to:

1. Getting the Contract: My experience with DEI
2. What is DEI?
3. Talking Thru the Issues
4. Creating the Process
5. Execute: Taking it Back to the Team

Learning Objectives:
1. Identifying the elements of DEI?
2. How to build a business case study (1) Profitability, (2) Innovation, (3) Decision-making and (4) Engagement
3. How to develop the process, procedures – working document
4. Begin identifying the objects and policies to launch DEI initiatives corporate wide

Proposed Technology Introduction (end user experience):
1. laptop or tablet

Type: Presentation or Workshop (live or virtual)

Time: 50 mins

Resources: PPT and worksheets

Intended Audience: All.

Materials provided: Each participant receives both a paper and electronic copy of (1) detailed handouts to be used during the presentation and workshop.

Audio/Visual and Computer requirements:
1. Projectors
2. Microphone/lavalier
3. Screen to project ppt
4. Speakers (audio)

Education Keynote: Time Keeps On Slipping, Slipping, Slipping in To The Future!

Lecture Title: Time Keeps on Slipping, Slipping, Slipping into The Future!

Type: Education Keynote Lecture
Time: 40 min

Abstract: Time Keeps on Slipping, Slipping, Slipping into The Future! During this lecture attendees will be inspired to lead and WIN in the classroom. Experiencing a ride thru time, traveling a parallel timeline between the workplace and education. With the integration of technology over the past 20 years tracking the advancements in teaching and learning. Exploring the innovations in education. Attendees will be inspired to teach and lead tomorrow’s inventors, corporate leaders, and game changers!

Learning Objectives:
1. Inspiring Teachers to WIN in the classroom!
2. How to use technology to close learning gaps.
3. A plan to rally the troops to fight another day.
4. How to merge their reality with your education and experience.

Proposed Technology:
• Device - to take notes or record the session

Type: Keynote Lecture (live or virtual)

Time: 40 mins

Resources: PPT or MP4

Intended Audience: All Levels

Materials provided: Copy of PPT

Audio/Visual and Computer requirements:
1. Projectors
2. Microphone/lavalier
3. Screen to project ppt/MP4
4. WIFI accessibility to output source
5. Speakers (audio)