Meet the Speakers
Session Title: Fireside Chat on Theology of Calling
Os Guinness is an author and social critic. Great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China in World War Two where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford. Os has written or edited more than thirty books, including The Call, Time for Truth, Unspeakable, A Free People’s Suicide, and The Global Public Square. His latest book, Last Call for Liberty: How America’s Genius for Freedom Has Become Its Greatest Threat, was published in 2018. Since moving to the United States in 1984, Os has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum and the EastWest Institute in New York. He was the lead drafter of the Williamsburg Charter in 1988, a celebration of the bicentennial of the US Constitution, and later of “The Global Charter of Conscience,” which was published at the European Union Parliament in 2012. Os has spoken at many of the world’s major universities, and spoken widely to political and business conferences across the world. He lives with his wife Jenny in the Washington DC area.
Session Title: How Has COVID-19 Disrupted Our Work (And What To Do About It)
Missy Wallace is the leader of the Global Faith and Work Initiative at Redeemer City to City (CTC) as well as Managing Director of its Global Strategic Services. Before moving to CTC, Missy Wallace was the founder and Executive Director of the Nashville Institute for Faith and Work (NIFW) after working in Corporate America and then the nonprofit sector for over 10 years each. Prior to launching NIFW, Missy worked at Bank of America in Charlotte, NC; The Boston Consulting Group in Chicago, Singapore, Bangkok, and New York; Time Warner in New York; and as part of a team that launched a high school in Nashville, TN. Missy holds a BA in economics from Vanderbilt and an MBA from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern. She is married to Paul and has three college-aged children. When not working you can usually find her hiking in parks or enjoying a book on her porch.
Session Title: Our Calling to Create Culture in Our Society
Gabe founded Q in 2007, a media and events platform that educates and mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society. Gabe is the co-author of Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme (2016) and unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity… And Why It Matters (2007). Gabe has also authored The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America (2010). Prior to launching Q, Gabe served on the team that co-founded Catalyst while serving as Vice President for leadership expert, John Maxwell’s corporation. Described as “sophisticated and orthodox” by The New York Times, Gabe’s work represents the perspectives of a new generation of Christians and has been featured by CNN, The New York Times, Fox News and USA Today. He and his wife have four children and live in Franklin, TN.
Session Title: How to Practically Connect Faith and Work
Dave has worked at the intersections of innovation, business, technology, arts and faith. Currently, He is a Senior Advisor at Goodwater Venture Capital Company in SF and Rideback Ranch, a Production Company of such movies as the LEGO Movie and the Two Popes. He is also the founder of a consulting company and a new global platform of young and older leaders called YOHAUS.
Session Title: The Three Callings of a Christian
Andy Crouch is partner for theology and culture at Praxis, an organization that works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship. His two most recent books—2017's The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place and 2016's Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing—build on the vision of faith, culture, and the image of God laid out in his previous books Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling.
Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and is an advisor to The Repentance Project, The Pelican Project, and Revoice. For more than ten years he was an editor and producer at Christianity Today, including serving as executive editor from 2012 to 2016. He served the John Templeton Foundation in 2017 as senior strategist for communication. His work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing—and, most importantly, received a shout-out in Lecrae's 2014 single "Non-Fiction."
From 1998 to 2003, Andy was the editor-in-chief of re:generation quarterly, a magazine for an emerging generation of culturally creative Christians. For ten years he was a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. He studied classics at Cornell University and received an M.Div. summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology. A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz, and gospel, he has led musical worship for congregations of 5 to 20,000. He lives with his family in Pennsylvania.
Session Title: Designing Your Career
Dave Evans has a long history in innovation. He was part of Apple in the early days, where he led the first mouse team and introduced laser printing to the masses. Next, he was a co-founder of Electronic Arts and became the company’s first VP of Talent. After fifteen successful years as a tech executive, Dave went out on his own as a management consultant assisting both startups and multi-nationals in strategy, marketing, and corporate culture formation. Along the way, Dave discovered his real passion is to help people discern and build the life they really want. That led Dave to co-found the Stanford Life Design Lab with Bill Burnett in 2007 with the mission of applying the innovation principles of design thinking to the wicked problem of designing your life. The Life Design Lab has enjoyed great success at Stanford and is now expanding broadly across higher education. Bill and Dave's 2016 book, Designing Your Life, How to Build a Well-Lived and Joyful Life, is a NY Times #1 bestseller, available in 23 languages worldwide.
Session Title: How to Crush Your Career
Dee Ann is a 33-year veteran of Chick-fil-A, Inc. Prior to retirement in 2018, she was Vice President, Talent and Vice President, Sustainability for Chick-fil-A, Inc. Selected as the company’s first female officer in 2001, she was instrumental in building and growing Chick-fil-A’s well-known culture and talent systems. During her long career, she worked closely with Chick-fil-A’s founder, S. Truett Cathy, and other key leaders as an architect of their organizational culture. Turner was responsible for thousands of selections of Chick-fil-A Franchisees and corporate staff members. Additionally, she led Talent Management, Staff Learning and Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Culture and Engagement. Most recently, Dee Ann launched and led the Sustainability function focusing on Chick-fil-A’s strategy to implement sustainable practices at the then$10.5 billion company.
Today, she leads her own organization, Dee Ann Turner & Associates, LLC, writing books, speaking to over 50 audiences per year and consulting and coaching leaders globally. She is the author of the best seller, It’s My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and a Compelling Culture. Her latest book is Bet on Talent: How to Create a Remarkable Culture and Win the Hearts of Customers was released in September 2019 and her new book, Crush Your Career: Ace the Interview, Land the Job and Launch Your Career will release in April 2021.
She is a graduate of Clayton State University with a degree in Management. She also completed executive education courses at Emory University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School. She is a 2009 alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Dee Ann has been married her husband, Ashley for 37 years and they are the parents of three grown sons. She has served numerous non-profit boards in the past including The Kenya Project, Eagle Ranch and Proverbs 31 Ministries. She has also served on the board of advisors for Lubbock Christian University and First Care Clinics. Currently, she serves on the board of advisors for Unconventional Business Network Women and the advisory board for the Pure Hope Foundation. When she is not traveling, she can often be found on her Peloton bike in her home outside of Atlanta or on her stand up paddleboard at Lake Hartwell in northeast Georgia.
Session Title: Fireside Chat with Ken Costa on Knowing Your Why
Ken is passionate about helping others feel connected and at peace with God, themselves, and their neighbours in a society that often excludes spirituality from the working world. Through teachings and books, he reveals how to find purpose in a volatile, uncertain and anxious world. Ken is Chairman Emeritus of Alpha International, which promotes Alpha – an introduction to the Christian faith attended by over 2 million people in the UK and 27 million worldwide – and is Dean of Leadership College London. Passionate about creating connections in a divided world, he is Chairman of The Reconciling Leaders Network for the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Head of The Anglican Communion. He is also chairman of Worship Central, a movement promoting worship events and courses worldwide. Ken has been in investment banking for 40 years, serving as chairman of Europe, the Middle East and Africa for UBS Investment Bank and vice chairman of the group’s investment banking business globally. He became chairman of Lazard International, during which time he worked in mergers and acquisitions, advising global corporations on their international strategies. Ken has been involved in many rainmaker deals, including the sale of Harrods to the Qatari royal family in 2010. In 2016, he was named one of the top deal advisers in Europe over the past 20 years. He is currently co-chairman of Alvarium Investments, a global multi-family investment company.
Session Title: Career Panel: Networking in a Socially Distant World
Dionna Scales has always been passionate about giving people the tools to get from where they are to where they want to be in their careers. Her experience and skills have made her a valuable asset to companies like NBCUniversal, The Walt Disney Company and now at BuzzFeed where she is now Sr. Manager, Diversity & Inclusion and L&D.
Dionna is a skilled career coach and engaging training facilitator and is comfortable delivering training on inclusive leadership, unconscious bias and allyship in addition to general leadership, people management, time management and business acumen skills.
Throughout all of her experience, Dionna’s passions remain the same. She loves to help people realize their career interests and equip them to reach their goals.
Session Title: Building Redemptive Imagination Through Work
Jon Hart leads Praxis Academy, Emerging Founders, and College Partnerships as a Partner at Praxis, focusing on equipping the next generation to pursue redemptive entrepreneurship. Previously, he spent seven years at a Fortune 100 Company, where he helped launch a new venture and revive another as part of a turnaround strategy. Jon was also an Executive Producer of a successful independent film. In addition to his work at Praxis, Jon is a founding board member of 100cameras, a nonprofit that empowers youth to create change in their communities through photography. He serves as an advisor and mentor for the Quarter Zero and Catapult Incubators, and has taught entrepreneurship as an adjunct at The King’s College NYC. He holds a BA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Session Title: Finding Focus On the Work You Were Created To Do
Jordan Raynor is a serial entrepreneur and author who helps Christians connect the gospel to their work. In November 2017, he wrote and published Called to Create: A Biblical Invitation to Create, Innovate, and Risk, which became an instant national bestseller. Since then, Jordan has helped more than 1,000,000 Christians do their most exceptional work for the glory of God and the good of others. Most recently, he published Master of One: Find and Focus on the Work You Were Created to Do.
In addition to his work as an author and speaker, he serves as the Executive Chairman of Threshold 360, a venture-backed tech startup that has built the world’s largest library of 360° experiences of hotels, restaurants, and attractions, where he also served as CEO of the company from October 2016 to March 2019. Throughout Jordan’s career, he has been invited to speak on faith, work, and entrepreneurship, including Harvard University, SXSW, and TEDx. He had been twice selected as a Google Fellow and had the incredible honor of serving in the White House under then President George W. Bush.
Jordan lives in beautiful Tampa, Florida where his family has been for six (going on seven) generations. He is married to Kara, and is the proud “dada” of Ellison, Kate, and Emery. Their family are members of the incredible Church at Odessa.
Session Title: Principles for a Healthy Calling: Caring for Your Calling in a Precarious Time
Dr. Arianna Molloy is an Associate Professor of Organizational Communication in the Communication Studies Department at Biola University, CA. She earned her doctorate degree in Organizational Rhetoric at the University of Denver, CO, her Masters degree in Organizational Communication at the University of Portland, OR, and undergraduate degree in Rhetorical Studies at Seattle Pacific University, WA.
Dr. Molloy’s research focuses on meaningful work, work as a calling, and the connection between humility and burnout in the workplace. She is published in premier journals such as the International Journal of Business Communication and Communication Studies. Her most recent publication won “Article of the Year” (2019) in the Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion. She teaches courses in: Organizational Communication, Research Methods, Nonverbal Communication, Small Group Communication, and Communication and Calling. Her love for teaching is reflected in a variety of outstanding achievement awards, such as the Provost Award for “Excellence in Teaching,” naming her the best teacher in 2014 at Biola University (voted on by her fellow faculty members), and the “Faculty Excellence” award (voted by the Fall 2014 graduating class). She is also a pedagogy development consultant for Biola.
In addition to being an active speaker in academic settings, Dr. Molloy works as a consultant for non-profit organizations, and a speech coach for business professionals and ministries. Her areas of consulting expertise: strategically developing presentational/speaking skills (both verbal/content and nonverbal/delivery); building a collaborative environment; increasing team success; as well as analyzing meaningful work, burnout, and preventative measures. Dr. Molloy is originally from Seattle, Washington and is happily married to Dr. Allen Yeh, a professor of Intercultural Studies at Biola. They enjoy running half marathons, traveling the world, and drinking good coffee. Last year their family of two grew to three as they welcomed their son, Asher, into the world.
Session Title: Building Blocks of Vocational Calling
As the President of The VOCA Center, Dr. Chip Roper is driven to rescue people from the forces that rob them of effectiveness and joy at work. Chip and the team at VOCA know what it is like to be stuck in a job that sucks the life out of you. They know what it is like to be tolerated, instead of followed as a leader. They know the fear that most managers share: “am I getting the best out of my team?”
To answer these common challenges, VOCA delivers customized coaching and training to executives, professionals, company teams, and the pastors who serve them. Chip is a sought-after speaker on the topics of faith, work, and calling. He hosts The Resilience Webinar Series, Produces the Calling Workshop, a bi-annual event in Midtown Manhattan, and facilitates a monthly peer mentoring experience entitled, “The Executive Circle.” He writes the column Marketplace Faith for Patheos.com. Chip is the Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at The King’s College in New York City. Dr. Roper Chairs the Board of Student Dream, an organization dedicated to closing the wealth gap by teaching African American students wealth management and business skills.
Certified in Executive Coaching by Columbia University, Chip tackles the vocational challenge from 30+ years of P/L leadership responsibility as a small businessman, a pastor, a career coach, and a business consultant. Dr. Roper’s executive clients can be found in firms such as J.P. Morgan, Baycrest Partners, Google, Target Health, Previnex, Hangang Asset Management Company, the Ugandan Permanent Mission to the United Nations, CNBC, and the New York Property Insurance Underwriters Association. Chip and Audrey, his wife of 32 years, have three daughters and one son-in-law. They live along the East River in the Long Island City neighborhood of New York City. Email: [email protected]
Session Title: The Gift of Time: How Silence Helps You Find Who You Are
So-Young helps organizations and individuals stay human in an increasingly digital world. She is the CEO and Founder of Gnowbe, an award-winning mobile microlearning and experience solution that is revolutionizing how people learn. By democratizing how people learn and how people teach through the world’s first mobile content authoring platform (patent pending), Gnowbe empowers anyone to create and share content in participatory ways. Gnowbe helps people in 45 countries be better prepared for the future of work. So-Young has been a nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum since 2014 and is a global speaker at places including Davos and TEDx, author of ‘Inside Out,’ and thought leader.
Session Title: Fireside Chat with Terry Walling on Creating Your Life Map
Coaching is shifting today. With access to information and new ideas just a click away, the attention is shifting to how that information is impacting the person.
Terry Walling is passionate to coach the development of leaders. He believes in the importance of coaching the person, not just help them work the problem. His unique contribution is how to coach the development of leaders.
He has merged 30+ years of coaching experience with 40+ years of research in Christian leadership development from Dr. J. Robert Clinton, his mentor. He is also the founder of Leader Breakthru, a training and coaching organization/ministry focused on developing resources and processes that help people in better coaching the person and their unique development.
Terry has been married to Robin for 35 years, reside in Chico, California, and have three adult married children (Donya, Kyle and Brianna) and six grand babies. They love each of them.
His core values include wanting to do life and ministry with those who… exhibit brave hearts, want relational-based ministry, see the need for being and doing, love laughter and fun, are focused on the mission of Christ, alignment to Jesus Christ, discovery, and who want to live focused lives as acts of worship.
He has authored several books including his new book, “The IDEA Coaching Pathway,” along with his best known book on transitions entitled,“STUCK!” In Terry's coaching, he saw leaders struggling to navigate times of transition, and to see God’s greater purposes. He was also privileged to write the book “Awakening: Awakening to the Call of God” with his son, Kyle and Zack Curry of Jesus Culture.
He teaches and coaches in several Doctor of Ministry programs in Seminaries across North America. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and is the Director of their D.Min. Mentoring Program.
His topic is the merging of coaching/mentoring with the study of lifelong, leader development… how God shapes and transforms the life and influence of a leader, over time, for Kingdom influence.
He is a graduate of Point Loma College and attended Talbot Theological Seminary. He received his Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Seminary in Global Ministry and Leadership Development.
Before founding Leader Breakthru, he served for twenty years with Church Resource Ministries (CRM) in charge of its U.S. Ministries, and Church Revitalization.
Session Title: How to Turn Your Quarter-Life Crisis into Quarter-Life Calling
Paul is is a leadership coach, best-selling author, and speaker. Formerly employed by both a Fortune 50 company and a Top 100 Great Place to Work Company, Paul is the founder of QARA where he helps millennials and emerging adults discover their unique calling. Paul is also working at Biola University as the Director of Strategic Career Initiative and adjunct professor of calling. Paul is a best-selling author of Quarter-Life Calling: Pursuing Your God-Given Purpose in Your Twenties. Paul was named one of the Top 33 under 33 Christian Millennials to Follow by Christianity Today. In 2016, Paul received John C. Maxwell Transformational Leadership Award. Some of Paul’s favorite things include authentic Korean food, tennis, and travelling. Paul is married to his wife Saehim and resides in Orange County, CA.
Gordon T Smith
Ambrose University and Seminary
Session Title: Essential Questions to Discern Your Calling
Gordon T Smith is president and professor of systematic and spiritual theology at Ambrose University in Calgary, Alberta. He is the author of a number of publications, including Wisdom From Babylon: Wisdom for the Church in a Secular Age (IVP2020), Teach us to Pray (IVP2017) and Courage and Calling (IVP2011). He is married to Joella and together they have two grown sons.
Session Title: Career Panel: Young Profession Career Advice
Assimilating over 15 years of experience leading corporate operations, financial management and executive leadership, Lacey manages the firm’s strategic vision for people operations. With a focus on leadership development, culture and community, talent performance, Lacey drives organizational capacity building to support firm growth. Her notable experience in premier industries outside of financial services has allowed for the successful integration of a nontraditional approach to culture development and talent growth. With an admiration for company culture, Lacey is responsible for maintaining the firm’s DNA through the strategic design and implementation of professional development opportunities, employee mentorship, leadership retreats, new talent recruitment, new hire onboarding and employee coaching. Lacey graduated from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Lacey and her husband, Nick, live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with their daughter. Lacey has a passion for researching the latest discoveries related to health span and longevity, enjoys running and yoga, as well as spending time with her family.
Lead Program Manager - Autonomous Technologies
Session Title: The Learning Equation: How Risk and Constraints Impact Your Career Journey
Hey, I'm Joe. I've lived and worked in Silicon Valley for the past 15 or so years and am currently with Apple's Special Project Group working on Autonomous Technologies as lead software program manager. Outside of my passion for transformative engineering solutions, my wife and I have started a couple ministries for college and post-grads with an organization called Epic, a ministry of Cru. Our focus has been to help young adults actively pursue their faith while navigating the challenges of the workplace. Nowadays, a lot of my shelter-in-place free time is being spent on bike rides with my kids hunting for elusive Pokemon. Education background, since that's what others have: Computer Engineering from Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo and MBA from Berkeley.
Session Title: Career Panel: Networking in a Socially Distant World
Kendrick Wong is a Senior Organizational Change and Leadership Development Consultant. He holds both his Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He brings over 12 years of experience focused on developing leaders, building high-performing teams, coaching executives, and growing organizational capabilities. His areas of expertise are leading business change and transformation, facilitating group learning for business growth, and multicultural diversity and inclusion.
Dr. Wong's professional consulting background includes companies like Toyota Racing Development, Booz Allen Hamilton Consulting, Chick-Fil-A, Jack in the Box, Qdoba Mexican Eats, QuickStuff, San Diego Zoo Global, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Dollar Shave Club, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Summit Public Schools, Joy Global Mining Inc., Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Southern California Edison, Sempra Energy, Bombardier Recreational Products, and various Honda companies (Honda American Manufacturing, Honda North America, Honda South Carolina). He has helped executives, leaders, and employees of all levels become better communicators, more competent and confident professionals, more effective in their own roles and cross-functionally with others, and more intentional and accountable in their efforts and results.
Session Title: How to Leverage LinkedIn to Build Your Brand
Raluca Topor is a LinkedIn Strategist and Career Coach helping 9-5 professionals and new coaches and course creators build magnetic personal brands by leveraging the power of LinkedIn. She founded YourWorthonPaper.com in 2017 with one goal in mind: to help others find fulfillment and happiness in their work again while getting paid what they are worth and more.
While devoting herself to her own personal development and spiritual path, Raluca has built an international firm dedicated to female empowerment, personal transformation, and has trained hundreds of students 1-on-1 and at her workshops in using LinkedIn to position themselves as thought-leaders in their fields, attract their dream jobs, new high-level clients, speaking opportunities, book deals, podcast interviews, and more.
Her latest online program called The Aligned Career Accelerator is focusing on supporting job seekers learn the LinkedIn strategies and best practices to attract their dream jobs even in an uncertain economy.
Raluca is a regular contributor to LinkedIn. She has been featured in SD Voyager and has been a guest on many podcasts.
Raluca has a BA in Communication and Public Relations.
She currently lives in San Diego, CA.
Session Title: Career Panel: Young Profession Career Advice
Anthony is the owner of Morgan Latimer Consulting and a software engineer at Google. Raised in Compton as a foster kid after suffering physical and sexual abuse, he taught himself how to program computers at age 8 and started his career as an INROADS intern. Perhaps best known for the short BuzzFeed documentary about his journey from Compton to Google, he is a frequent public speaker at schools and other student organizations. He was awarded the 2016 INROADS Trendsetter Award for his work promoting diversity in tech. Anthony graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. His GPA was horrible, so don’t ask.
Session Title: Career Panel: Acing Your Job Interview & Personal Branding
Jake Aguas is an organizational consultant and Associate Professor of Management in the Crowell School of Business at Biola University, where he teaches management, human resources, leadership, and organizational behavior. He served as a leader in the retail bank division of JPMorgan Chase for 15 years, notably as its Human Resource Manager for Talent Acquisition for the Western United States. He is a GenExpert and is pursuing a PhD in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCLA and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Biola University. Jake is the author of numerous professional and research journal articles including “Generation Z: The Rise of a New Generation” and “The American Working Woman: A Century in Review.” In addition to Megatrends: The Transformative Forces Reshaping the United States, Jake is co-authoring Generation Z and the COVID-19 Crisis, forthcoming from Kendall Hunt Publishing.
Session Title: Integrating Digital Well-being in our Digitally-Crazed World
Danny Kim catalyzes individuals and organizations to perform at their best. Danny is a skilled facilitator who creates psychologically safe environments for individual thinking and group collaboration. Using the power of inquiry, he asks insightful questions at pivotal moments to help leaders gain clarity and take courageous action. As a coach, he supports leaders when the stakes are high and decisions are complex. As a storyteller and keynote speaker, Danny inspires movement and momentum. Danny’s career in organizational development began in the non-profit sector providing leadership in the areas of recruitment, retention, and employee development for organizational effectiveness. As a career coach, he has conducted over 400 coaching conversations in career exploration and strengths-based leadership. During his time at the university, he began a doctoral program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Danny gained experience as an external consultant at an organizational consulting firm serving clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. He is the Director of People and Culture at a Raindrop Branding and Advertising Agency—a people first company. His purpose is to champion the people at Raindrop at every level. He is skilled at working with individuals and teams to create compelling experiences to help individuals and teams maximize their potential. He is a faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership and a Gallup-Certified Clifton Strengths coach. Danny holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a Master of Divinity in Transformational Leadership. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. His current research focuses on problematic smartphone use, preparing a digital workforce, organizational culture, and emotional intelligence. Danny lives in San Diego, CA with his wife EJ and two dogs. He enjoys surfing, watching the Lakers, and engaging in meaningful conversation over a good cup of coffee.
Session Title: Career Panel: Acing Your Job Interview & Personal Branding
Patti currently serves as the Director of People and Culture where she helps build and nurture a positive work environment valued by all NextLevel employees. Patti’s passion for creating a work culture where relationships are valued and prioritized is what has helped her succeed as a People Leader. Since joining NextLevel she has lead culture transformation efforts that has resulted in NextLevel achieving Top 10 Best Places to Work by the San Diego Business Journal for 2019 and Great Place to Work for All in 2020. Prior to joining NextLevel, Patti held leadership roles in Human Resources for CPU Medical Management, Rock Cancer CARE, CliniComp International, Rock Church & Academy, and Comic-Con. She also severed as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy. Patti received her Human Resource Management certificate from San Diego State University, her Society for Human Resources Senior Certified Professional and is also a certified Gallup Strengths coach. She currently serves on the San Diego SHRM Board of Directors as VP of Conferences, volunteers at The Honor Foundation and is on the Military Transition Services Team at Veteran affairs of North County. Patti has participated as a board member for the San Diego Food Bank and Neighborhood House Association and most recently vice chairwoman on the board of directors of Resounding Joy. Recently, she was recognized as a finalist for 2018 HR Rockstar of the Year from San Diego Human Resources Forum.
Session Title: Discern Your Calling in Five Easy* Steps
Bryan Dik, Ph.D., is a vocational psychologist, professor of psychology at Colorado State University, and co-founder and Chief Science Officer of jobZology. Bryan studies meaning and purpose in the workplace, calling and vocation in career development, and the intersection of faith and work. He has has served on editorial boards for seven research journals, has published four books (including Redeeming Work and Make Your Job a Calling), and hosts the Purposeful Work Podcast. He is an American Psychological Association Fellow and recipient of the John Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Career or Personality Research (APA Div. 17) and the Applied Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Award (APA Div. 36). He lives with his wife Amy and their four sons in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Session Title: Career Panel: Young Profession Career Advice
Edward T. Jones II is a career and life strategist focused on assisting clients make successful pivots from profession to profession. Having worked in collegiate athletics for 10 years, he transitioned to working as an internal ATD certified career coach for a Southern California telecommunications company.
During his time working in college athletics, he also worked with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to facilitate leadership forums on self-awareness, leadership, career and life transition, and emotional intelligence. These forums were attended by student-athletes and administrators from across the country and all three divisions.
His current role involves developing and implementing personal and professional development programs for employees, and facilitating sessions with leadership to clarify goals, improve communication, provide feedback, and create career plans with their employees.
Session Title: Career Panel: Networking in a Socially Distant World
Chip is a Talent Acquisition Professional with over 20 years’ experience in global talent planning and acquisition, leading teams, talent management, training & development, and process improvement. His diverse background includes working with various companies, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startup organizations. He is recognized for his comprehensive strategic analysis of company-wide Talent Acquisition operations, dynamic and engaging communicator, results-oriented training & development and compassionate solution-oriented employee engagement. He takes a proactive, upbeat approach to problem-solving and helping others discover their best selves.
Session Title: Applying The Monastic Rhythms of Calling
Jerome Daley is an executive coach, retreat leader, and spiritual trainer who is passionate about helping men and women thrive, in their inner life and outer leadership. With 30 years in people development, Jerome strengthens leaders in the journey toward true identity and vocational calling. Making his home in the mountains of North Carolina, he and his wife Kellie are parents of three grown children. His great delights are taking spiritual retreats, drinking good wine, backpacking in the mountains, and playing with his grandson.
Jerome spent his early years in banking and real estate before shifting toward personal growth and development with a 10-year stint in church leadership. Following a year-long sabbatical in the mountains of Colorado, he spent the next four years as a full-time writer. Jerome is the author of 10 books, which you can find online.
In 2005 Jerome founded Thrive 9 where he works with Christian-led businesses, churches, and nonprofits. His specialties include the spiritual formation of a leader, culture-crafting, book publishing, and nonprofit board development. In 2007 Jerome co-founded and became Publisher of Christian Coaching Magazine. Between 2007 - 2012 he served as Senior Advisor and Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Coaching Excellence, based in Minneapolis. From 2010 - 2013, Jerome partnered with Extraordinary! Inc. to deliver trainings and coaching to corporate clients along the East Coast. In 2019 Jerome and Kellie opened several Airbnb properties, one of which they use as an intimate site for hosting spiritual retreats several times a year. Jerome is a credentialed coach with certifications from the International Coach Federation (ICF), the Center for Coaching Excellence (CCE), and the Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT). He is assessment-certified in EQi-2.0 and Professional Dynametrics Programs, but his tool of choice for personal and professional development is the Enneagram. Jerome is also trained in conflict coaching and mediation through Peacemaker Ministries.
Session Title: Lessons on My Career Journey as an Executive
Amber Minson has 20+ years of marketing experience from leading brands such as Intuit, HSN (Home Shopping Network), Time Warner, and Alibaba. She was Chief Marketing Officer of Bluprint, which was a division of NBCUniversal, until the company was acquired last month.