As founder and developer of the Niehaus Ryan Wong, Inc. Speakers Bureau, Dames created the first speakers bureau ever dedicated to strategically placing leaders and visionaries before rapidly growing audiences in the new and evolving technology arena.Her vision opened new doors in the conference industry by bringing tech speakers to the forefront through innovative settings, in-depth research methods, creative collateral materials, broad-based audience appeal and strategic speaker development.

Earlier in her career, Christie worked to develop Public / Private partnerships involving organizations such as Goodwill Industries, the Hilton, and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Program. These grew out of her own organization “San Francisco Shine”, a forerunner of the S. F. Business Improvement District, which hired the homeless to clean up the downtown area and was featured on CNN and C-SPAN.