Chris’s view of the business world has been shaped by a unique career path that spans a television revolution, two iconic brands and two industry-changing BUSINESSES.
Today, she uses that background to help guide and shape the careers of dozens of women as a trusted advisor and business coach.
As an Emmy® winning Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show and then the VP of Publicity and Promotions for HARPO Productions, Chris helped guide the development of a local Chicago talk show host into the most powerful media personality in the world.
Turning her attention to advertising, Chris became Manager of Broadcast Production at DDB/Chicago with responsibility for overseeing all content production on the agency’s McDonald’s and General Mills brands. While working on the McDonald’s account, Tardio met her future business partner, and husband, Charles Day.
In 1995 they left the agency and founded a film editing company based in Chicago. Over the next decade they carefully crafted an evolution that encompassed both national and international expansion and cultivated a talent base that became the most recognized and awarded in the world, working on many of the most memorable television commercials and leading feature films of the decade. Along the way The Whitehouse redefined the way internationally networked companies should work.
By 2005 having achieved all of their dreams for their company, Chris and Charles sold their interest in the business and formed The Lookinglass. Today, The Lookinglass advises some of the world's most creative companies - from entrepreneurial-led enterprises to iconic global brands - partnering with them to balance the needs of creativity with the demands of business.
Chris has also developed a dynamic business coaching practice that focuses primarily on women business leaders. From VC-funded CEO’s in the tech world, to entrepreneurs running their own successful companies, to senior women in major public companies, Chris uses her unique combination of inter-personal skills and business and media experience to help these women unlock their potential and achieve their goals for their companies, their careers and their lives.
Chris writes a monthly column as the Resident Business Coach at DailyWorth.com - the leading digital media company for women.
She coaches regularly at The Harvard Business School in their Executive Education Program, including at their annual international Women’s Leadership Forum.