Christi Carter attended AMI and was part of the cohort during the 2019-2020 year. She was deeply impacted by the sharing of experiences and networking to support the professional development of women in higher education. She has worked in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Wyoming as the Diversity Analyst, Recruitment and Training Facilitator since January 2019 and has been recently promoted to Director of Strategic Inclusivity Initiatives. She brings many experiences especially in hiring practices and compliance to UW. She manages the Employee Networks, has chaired the Accessibility Committee, and oversaw the successful Self-Identification Campaign along with serving in other committees and initiatives on campus. She served on WYAPSE’s board of directors, a state chapter of a national organization called APSE that supports the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities. Christi is very excited to be a part of CNWL/AMI’s board of directors and to serve as Vice Chair for 2021-2024 to promote and continue advocacy for the professional development of women in higher education.
She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, a voice scholarship recipient, and studied under Metropolitan Opera Soprano Professor Myra Merritt. Christi made her operatic debut in Cavalli’s Gli amori d’Apollo e di Dafne, a North American premiere conducted by Paul Odette. Her professional operatic debut was in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’ulisse in patria at Chicago Opera Theater. She would go on to appear in John Adams A Flowering Tree and in Handel’s Orlando with the same company.
When Christi left the operatic scene, she went to work in the private sector and gained experience in finance, management, human resources, and administration. After years in the private sector, she joined higher education to be able to give back to others what has been given to her by way of mentorship, outreach, role models, leadership, training, and community service. “What good does it do if we keep our wonderful experiences to ourselves and neglect to share them with others? I want to invest in others just as others have invested in me.”