Extended Bio

Christine Marie Mason

Leadership and Innovation: From 1996 to 2016, Christine was a tech founder and venture-backed CEO in B2B software. She has conceived, resourced and built multiple organizations with $100M+ exits. She is currently an early stage investor in cloud, blockchain and biologics, and a mentor to young businesses and nonprofits. From 2011 to 2016, she served as a futurist and innovation advisor for global companies, such as Estee Lauder, Autodesk and Panasonic. Christine’s personal areas of investigation in that window include technologies as far ranging as human brain to machine interface, biologic patents, short and midterm potentials for synthetic biology applications, 3D printing, unmanned aerial vehicles, cloud computing, big data, video analytics, blockchain and more. From 2009 to 2013, Christine curated and led 12 TEDxSanFrancisco events, and continues to convene gatherings around the world.

Yoga and Consciousness Studies: Christine’s primary teacher is Mark Whitwell. She has completed teacher training with Rod Stryker (ParaYoga Level 1 & 2), Maya Yoga (500 hours), Baron Baptiste  Level 1) and continued training with other senior teachers, including a Thai massage certification, Love and Ecstasy Training, and Yoga Anatomy coursework. She’s YACEP and YA E-RYT certified. She is a Vipassana practitioner, and a student of non-dual tantra. She holds a certificate in the practices and philosophy of yoga from the Mattamayura Institute. She is trained in ZEGG forum facilitation, and is a second year student in Thomas Huebl’s Timeless Wisdom Training program in collective, energetic and subtle healing. 

Personal: Christine serves on the boards of the GRIP training institute, working in the California State Prisons with life-eligible inmates on victim-oender communications, and the Stone Research Foundation. She holds a MBA from the JL KelloggSchool at Northwestern University and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern, with a senior thesis in Arab Nationalism. She is a devotional singer, an enthusiastic adventurer, and a science nerd who studies plant medicine, cryptocurrency and biohacking. Her social service work is focused on yoga in action: women’s equity, restorative justice and internet freedom. She has lived and traveled all over the world, and speaks French and German. She is a mother of 4 and grandmother. Christine lives in Venice, CA.

Prior Appearances: Wharton Fellows, Thiel Fellows, Hewlett Packard Innovation Center, San Francisco Curator Network, TEDxEast (NYC), Success Boston, Sierra Nevada Alliance (winner of Sun Tzu award), TIE Midwest Chicago Technology Leadership Forum (TechForum), Union League Club of Chicago. Midwest Entrepreneurs Forum, Kellogg Venture Forum, Kellogg Entrepreneurship Forum, Kellogg Innovation Network, Illinois Venture Capital Association, Illinois Technology Association, Illinois Information Technology Roundtable, SIIA Content Forum, SIIA Software Division Conference, Springboard, All Things Media Coach and Panelist, Green Dot Awards Judge, ITA CityLights Awards Judge, CBS Morning Show, NBC TV, NPR All Things Considered with Scott Simon, Something You Should Know National Syndicated Radio,TEDxSanFrancisco, QB3, Paley Center for Media. As a yogi, she’s offered mantra chanting and has taught around the world with Adam Bauer Kirtan, including BhaktiFest, YogaWorks, Yoga Tree, Prasada, YogaSource, Jewel in the Lotus, LoveSpringSF, Yoga Center Amherst, the Throckmorton Theater, Centers for Spiritual Living and many more venues worldwide from Buenos Aires to the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh.