Christine Beatty became the youngest chief of staff in the city of Detroit’s history in November 2002. And by 2004, Beatty was named one of Michigan’s Most Influential Women by Crain’s Detroit Business. Her drive and talent produced solid results for Detroit, her beloved city where she was born and raised. Her “can-do” reputation was well known, and evidenced when she successfully brought organizations and individuals together on projects, maintained partnerships and encouraged cooperation between all parties.
In January 2008, Beatty’s world came crashing down when intimate text messages between she and former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick were published in a local newspaper, prompting her immediate resignation. Following the onslaught of media coverage, Beatty and Kilpatrick were charged with perjury as result of testimony they had given in a non-related 2006 civil trial against the city, denying any romantic relationship. In January 2009, Beatty began serving a 3-month sentence in the Wayne County Jail after pleaded guilty to 2 obstruction of justice charges.
Since 2009, she has turned her entire focus to sharing her platform of Reclaim, Restore, Recover and continuing her journey to personal fulfillment and purpose through her public speaking. Her mission to share lessons learned in losing one’s self, recovering from self-destructive choices, and self-forgiveness are center in her public speaking to inspiring people to deeper levels of self-discovery. Beatty authored an article entitled “A Real Life Scandal,” which was published in the November 2013 issue of Essence, to chronicle a portion of her journey, and share her very difficult and heartfelt story with the world.
Beatty shared her journey on television via Centric Television’s show, From The Bottom Up, a docu-series following the journey of five high profile women striving to change their lives, rebuild their homes and live their dreams after falling from grace.
Today, can find Christine Beatty raising her two daughters, Maya and Lauren , sharing her platform, writing, and hosting her own radio show: Perspectives with Christine Beatty every Saturday from 5-7pm on superstation 910am in Detroit.
Beatty attended Howard University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1993. She also earned a master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University in 1996. Ms. Beatty is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.