“Embrace a growth-oriented mindset and never underestimate the enduring power of optimism. This mindset will help equip you to face challenges, adapt quickly, and foster a team environment of trust and accountability.” – Christina Seiden
WashingtonExec announced its winners for the 2023 Pinnacle Awards on November 16. Excella’s, Christina Seiden, vice president strategic growth at Excella, has won WashingtonExec’s Pinnacle Award for Business Development Executive of the Year, Private Company (annual revenue less than $250 million).
Continue reading to learn more about what makes Christina a Business Development Executive of the Year.
What are you most proud of having been a part of in your current organization?
What I’m most proud of is Excella’s commitment to community investment, and the time and effort that we take as a firm to bettering the community around us. I am moved every day by our Excellians’ kindness and compassion. On top of taking year-round opportunities to support organizations we believe in, Excella takes a day off every year when the entire firm focuses on community investment. We have Excellians all over the country, and each one has dedicated their time and energy to some form of community service.
I’m particularly proud of our work with Homestretch, a Virginia-based organization that helps families experiencing homelessness obtain self-sufficiency. We have a decades-long relationship with Homestretch, and Excellians have done everything from sitting on their board to painting houses and packing lunches. Additionally, we have supported organizations like Path Forward VA, Inspire Hope DC, and Volunteer Arlington. I personally had the opportunity to contribute to the Generosity Feeds organization by dedicating an afternoon to volunteering at their food drive.
What’s your best career advice for those who want to follow in your footsteps?
My best career advice is to embrace a growth-oriented mindset and never underestimate the enduring power of optimism. This mindset will help equip you to face challenges, adapt quickly, and foster a team environment of trust and accountability.
Surround yourself with people who say, “we can do this… we can be the best”—people with different points of view who inspire you and will challenge your thinking. Always be curious and seek new experiences. Read books, listen to others, engage in conversation, and learn from their experiences. This will broaden your perspective and enable you to flourish.
Remember that life is an ongoing journey of learning, from the moment you enter this world until the end. Stay humble and know that there is always more to learn. The more people you surround yourself with who actively contribute to this continuous learning cycle, the greater your chances of achieving success.