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’s first book, Make Work Matter: Your Guide to Meaningful Work in a Changing World is due out in October with Baker Books. It’s already getting 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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The Way Forward is Toward Redemption

Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?” (Luke 5:22-23). The thing that the Pharisees thought was most important was in fact not the most important thing to Jesus.  For Jesus, the ultimate gift was redemption.

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Finding a Way When Your Plans Don’t Work

Woven into the fabric of who we are as humans is an ability to find another way. We can think outside the box, we can come up with new ideas, we can suggest alternatives. Even when it’s hard, we can cope with change, adapt, and thrive in the midst of it. Our capacity to do this is one of my favorite parts of how God made us. I love that our hope and imagination can catalyze perseverance and resilience. As it turns out, much of the time, there is another way.

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Dealing with Your Stuff

On a recent FaceTime call with some of my best girlfriends, one of them ministered to the rest of us by reading some COVID…

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Finding Our Bearings in a Crashing Economy

At the De Pree Center, we exist to help marketplace leaders integrate their faith and work. For most of us, integrating our faith and work looks drastically different than it did just a month ago. A global pandemic and crashing economy rightly catalyze urgent questions about our businesses, our leadership, and our livelihoods.

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The Road Ahead Requires Peace

I’ve always been someone who spirals a bit when I’m worried. My pattern is to try and stave off my fear about the worst…

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Piecing it Together

The other night my daughter and I were putting together a LEGO set. LEGOs have become what I’ll affectionately call a “pandemic pastime” in…

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Opportunity In The Midst Of Change

As we start a new year, in both my life and work, change feels like a constant companion. At home, I have two small…

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Leadership Playlist, Song 2

If leadership is an uphill climb, then we need inspiration for the journey. The liberation that is life in Christ is the basis for imagination as a leader. We can feed this imagination by calling out to God, praising him that in Christ we are indeed “as free as a bird in flight.” In Christ, all things are possible and the hope of what is to come is worth the slow, hard work of leadership.

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Leadership Playlist, Song 1

Psalm 124:6 is an invitation to remember that we already have God’s help, that God never leaves us nor abandons us. We aren’t defenseless if we have God.

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De Pree Center Promotions and New Additions

It’s been a busy and fruitful season at De Pree Center. Our work has necessitated two internal promotions and two new hires! Each of…

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Clarissa Joan Middleton Joins De Pree Center as Content and Communications Manager

I am thrilled to announce that Clarissa Joan Middleton is joining the De Pree Center team in role of Content and Communications Manager. In…

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Fear and Faithfulness

Recently, I had young woman approach me after a speaking engagement and ask with admiring eyes, “How do you do it all?” When I…

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Rest, Play, and the Costs of Believing “I Can Do It All”

When I graduated with my doctorate, I did so alongside eight men. As part of the ceremony, each person stood up and gave a…

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Myths of Vocation

Recently, I had two separate conversations with friends who were in career crises. Each crisis was catalyzed by a sense of disillusionment with work—the…

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What is Entrepreneurship?

Recently, I was chatting with a client of mine who was a few years into resurrecting an organization that had nearly fizzled out under…

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