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Faith, Leadership
& Business

Let's make business a force for good!
Valerie L. Myers, Ph.D

Christianity and commerce profoundly influence Western society -- for better and worse.

 

Religion and business have energized innovation, economic vitality, and human rights; they have also fueled empires and inhumanity.  How can we responsibly manage religion and business to serve the common good? How can we transform religious conflicts into interfaith dialogue that heals and uplifts civil society? Dr. Myers extracts insights from ancient wisdom and modern management to help you explore answers to these questions. 

Grounded in social science and faith-based research, Dr. Myers guides you in structured reflection and conversations that lead to positive action.  Whether you seek to create value, lead others, fulfill your purpose, or work with people who are different, we can illuminate the shadow-side of work and make the world better.

Spritual Vitality        Social Responsibility 

BIG ideas that we explore :

  • Biblical insights about capitalism and how to reform it.

  • How to fulfill your calling to leadership and help others thrive.

  • How leaders inspire inclusion in themselves and others.

  • What steps can I take to fulfill my calling

 

Dr. Myers facilitates inspiring and though-provoking learning that offers a unique synthesis of history, theology, sociology, and psychology to promote your professional development. Think of it as a reflective  MBA course.

Audiences: 

  • Business leaders & professionals gain fresh perspectives about how your faith can help you connect beliefs and behaviors to positively transform your workplace and the world.

  • Religious leaders apply psychology and management principles to Biblical stories to help you create more practically relevant messages.

Format: 60 or 90 minute sessions; 6 session minimum. Customizable to address specific topics of interest to your group or organization. 

A bit of background. . . 

 

Maybe you're wondering about my background to do this work.  It starts with life-tested faith and an unshakable curiosity about what it means to live your calling.

With humility, I share that I am a Christian whose faith is an enduring source of inspiration, enlightenment, and connection to the sacred.  Although I am not a trained theologian, I enjoy learning from theologians like C.S. Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, Howard Thurman, and philosophers who help us make sense of the sacred, ourselves, and society. 

 

As an organizational psychologist, I am also interested in connections between the sacred, psychology, and society. My scholarly work examines how religious institutions influence (+/-) individuals, groups, and organizations. One example is how religious involvement can promote well-being and behavioral change. Another example is the historic link between religion and business that has fueled an exploitative and unsustainable form of capitalism.

But there is hope! I delight in discovering and sharing insights from history, lesser-known clergy, philosophers, and religious texts that offer more affirming and sustainable alternatives for business today. Yes, there are better ways to lead, manage people, steward resources, and making a living! My mission is to help you put them into practice.  And since part of my Christian education includes learning about and respecting different religions, I also work with interfaith groups.

Valerie

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Inspire

Inclusion

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Live Your 

CALLING

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Calling to

Leadership

 
 
 

OVERVIEW: Inspire Inclusion

As demographics shift and social strife increases, it's become clear that things must change in a big way.  But how? In this series, we turn to the Bible to understand the roots of diversity challenges, haw various leaders (mis)manage them, and what you can do to be a more effective and inclusive leader. Whether you are "woke," resistant to change, or somewhere in between, you will learn strategies to create systemic change and skills that help you inspire inclusion in yourself and others. Energize engagement, create more value, and inspire a more just world.

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What you will learn & do

  • Psychology & Spirituality of Exclusion

  • Institutionalized Bias:  What is normal?

  • Essential skills of inclusive leaders

  • How diversity & inclusion add value

  • Renew & transform yourself, relationships and your organization.

  • Leading systemic change for social good.

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Who this is for...

  • Religious Organizations 

  • Clergy & Faith Leaders

  • Business Leaders

  • Professional Groups

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Resources

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OVERVIEW: Live Your Calling

Popular notions about calling are both limiting and wrong. Your calling is more than your idea work.  Discover what it means to truly live your calling, be fruitful and multiply.

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What you will learn & do

  • Make sense of your journey

  • Overcome Limiting Myths About Calling

  • Discover your strengths

  • Create a "Next Steps" Action Plan

  • Live Your Calling with Vigor!

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Who this is for...

  • Young Adults
  • Early & Mid-Career
  • People in Transition
  • Any faith, NO faith & Christians

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Resources

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OVERVIEW: Calling to Leadership

.Answering your calling to leadership takes more than ambition, intellect and networks.  It requires skills and sensibilities that are not typically taught in business school but that help you conquer personal impediments.  Learn how to answer your calling,  overcome the tyranny of "typical" leadership, to have a positive impact of your organization and society.

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What you will learn & do

  • Traits of Typical -vs- Transformational Leaders

  • How to Lead Yourself First

  • Frameworks for Ethical Decision Making

  • Inspiring Engagement & Value Creation 

  • Nurturing Talent & Navigating Team Dynamics 

  • Plan Your "Next Steps" for positive social impact!

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Resources

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The Power of a Calling
Insights from Joseph's Journey

Who this is for...

  • Mission-driven Organizations

  • Established Leaders 

  • Emerging Leaders            

  • High Potential Talent

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Professional Services

  • Executive Education  Seminars

  • 1-on-1 Coaching

  • Professional Development Seminars

  • Keynote Address

  • Retreats: 1/2 day, 1 day, 2.5 days  

What happens next...
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