I Am Christian Brunner-Lopez

I Am Christian Brunner-Lopez

MAY 23RD, 1997

Christian Brunner-Lopez


Christian Brunner-Lopez


How would you describe yourself in 60 words?

Curious, conscientious, and a connector. Exposed to many societies and global communities in my life, I’ve always enjoyed meeting new people and co-operating together on common interests for a greater societal impact. Growing up as an athlete, the spirit of competition has always made me strive for something better, and continue to grow through learning or experiences.

What do people not realize about you until they’ve known you for a while?

I have a deep loyalty to my family and closest friends. While not immediately apparent, there is another level of care and fondness I keep for those who have helped me become who I am today.

What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?

Define absurd? I’d say an unusual habit that you probably wouldn’t expect from me is my love for listening to Motley Crue or The Killers at 8 am to start my workday. Wakes up the body and the mind, just differently.

What new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

Setting the time aside to read the things I want to read in the morning. Developing the habit of early morning reads before the day gets busy has allowed me to focus on various interests versus just knowledge I need for my day-to-day and as part of my career.

Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?

It matters not how straight the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”

— Invictus


What is the book you’ve given most as a gift, and why?

The Body by Bill Bryson. Aside from his humorous and utopian takes on certain themes, I think this book is a great gift because it forces us to take some time to be with just ourselves and reflect. We are always so concerned with the broader world and everything around us, that we sometimes forget just how magnificent the human is, and just our body’s ability to do everything on itself.

What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life?

My CitiBike membership. Laugh at it if you want, but having the ability to grab a bike wherever and whenever I am in New York and just ride has allowed me to enjoy sunny days and given me time to reflect and slow down life.

What about the Junto excites you most?

I’m excited to meet the interesting personalities and ambitions that members of this community will exemplify. Together, the opportunities that may arise out of reflection and discussion are an enticing prospect. Furthermore, it will be interesting to witness where the common threads lie with the variety of backgrounds and skills that this community has.

If any of my answers resonated, I’d love to hear from you. You can shoot me a note here.

Christian Brunner-Lopez