1,000 Dreams Fund Founder

Christie Garton is an award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of the 1,000 Dreams Fund, a scholarship fund that provides young women, both college-bound and in college, with up to $1,000 in funding to help fulfill their professional dreams.

Christie has made it her life’s mission to open as many doors as possible for young women through the 1,000 Dreams Fund. From her own experience, Christie realized the importance of extracurricular experiences in fulfilling both her own dream as well as those of other young women. Many cannot pursue the experiences they seek in realizing their dreams, due both to lack of funding and the crippling burden of student loan debt.

A long-time supporter of young women’s professional and creative growth, Christie is also the creator of UChic.com, an online magazine which became the best-selling college guidebook for girls – UChic: College Girls’ Real Advice for Your First Year & Beyond! (Sourcebooks). With more than 100,000 copies of UChic sold, the book is now in its fourth edition, with a fifth on the way. She has penned six books on various facets of the college experience and millennial generation, including the award-winning Marketing to Millennials: Reach the Largest and Most Influential Generation of Consumers Ever (AMACOM 2013).

A millennial marketing and college life expert, Christie has appeared on the NBC’s “Today Show” and “The Better Show,” a nationally syndicated lifestyle TV program. Christie is also a contributing writer on young women’s issues for The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, U.S.News & World Report and Seventeen. During her tenure as USA Today’s social good columnist and blogger, Christie covered how Americans are making an impact in both their backyards and abroad.

A graduate of the University of Kansas with a double degree in Business Administration and French, Christie also holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. While in college, Christie was chosen as a one of 20 “best and brightest” college students by USA Today and was a finalist for the Glamour “Top 10 College Women” award.

1,000 Dreams Fund Staff

Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Director of Marketing + Growth

Rachel Watkins

Web Editor

Eva Grant

Community Manager

Meryl Dillman

Project: Girls On the Rise
Program Officer
A joint 1DF - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City​-​​Sponsored Position

Emma Ehlers

Student Intern

Kelsey White

Graphic Designer

Patrick Sasser

Web Developer
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