Author: Michaela O'Donnell

Dr. Michaela O’Donnell is the Executive Director of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership where she oversees the center’s vision, strategy, program, and team, all with the goal of helping leaders like you respond faithfully to God in all seasons of your life and leadership.

Michaela is the author of Make Work Matter: Your Guide to Meaningful Work in a Changing World. It’s gotten rave reviews from folks such as Dave Evans, Mark Labberton, Missy Wallace, Luke Bobo, Dee Ann Tuner, Kara Powell, and more. This book is a reflection of Michaela’s heart as both an entrepreneur and a practical theologian. Drawn to the real life working out of big issues, it is a how to for anyone walking the road of calling in a changing world.

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What To Do with Burnout

It’s then that we start talking about what’s really going on and just how hard work and life really are. Some talk about their bosses. Others want to quit. More and more use the B-word.


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Ongoing Mission and Transitions at De Pree Center

Wayne Park has become promoted to Chancellor of Fuller Texas! W. Ryan Gutierrez has joined us in the role of Program Specialist. Meryl Herr, our Senior Researcher, has transitioned from part-time to full-time work at De Pree Center. 

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Giving Day – 2022

One of my favorite parts about my job as executive director of the Max De Pree Center is that people regularly invite me into…

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Make Work Matter Book Club

Is there a way to get beyond “diversity training” that isn’t merely driven by liability or political correctness, but instead seeks to get at the heart of the matter?

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What Did God Birth in You This Year?

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the…

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A piece of wood with a sign on it that says "USE AT OWN RISK"

Take Next Doable Risks

What next doable risk might God be inviting you toward today?

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A person holding out glasses in front of a blurry scene; through the lenses of the glasses the scene is clearer and more colorful

Ask “What If?”

Part of work in a changing world is to think outside the box and to take seriously God’s invitation to imagine what is possible.

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Practice Empathy Along the Way

Much of the meaningful work we desire to do can be traced back to empathy.

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Go Ahead and Feel all the Feels

Whether you’re excited or exhausted by this current season of work, God promises to be with you, caring for you and directing you in this time.

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The Vision After the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel), Paul Gaugin, 1888

Name What You’re Wrestling With

Seasons of wrestling in our work and life are often opportunities to make meaning and be transformed by God.

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Online Course:
Meaningful Work in a Changing World

An Online Course on Fuller Equip Where do you want to go? Who will you become? How will you get there? Meaningful Work in…

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Women Leaders are Meeting this Moment

Women Leaders are Meeting this Moment. Let’s Hope it’s Not Costing Too Much. Pre-pandemic, as part of my work, I would travel around to…

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Right now, a staggering number of people are considering quitting their job.[1] Let’s face it, the pandemic turned our world upside down. If the…

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Wayne Park is Our New Program Specialist

I am excited to announce that Wayne Park (DMin 21’) will be joining the De Pree Center in the role of Program Specialist. In…

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Webinar: Finding Joy at Work

Webinar with Angela Gorrell, hosted by Michaela O’Donnell Long.

Research tells us that seasons of challenge often holds extraordinary opportunity for joy.

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