Rhythms of Work – Planting in Hard Times

April 1, 2019By Susie LippsArticle

Winter in wine country can be confusing.  It’s cold and rainy.  The vines are cut back and look like dead sticks.  But, in the midst of this, millions of bright yellow flowers that sway on tender bushes carpet the spaces between the dormant vines.  It’s mesmerizing to contemplate the paradox.  As a cover crop, the … Read More

Do I Have a Calling? Or Is This Just for Special Christians?

October 8, 2018By Mark D. RobertsArticle

Many Christians believe that only a few special Christians have callings. Ordained pastors, priests, and ministers have callings. So do missionaries. And perhaps people in obvious helping professions have callings, folks like doctors and nurses, perhaps teachers and youth workers. But most Christians, it seems, are just ordinary folk, people without a calling. Scripture tells … Read More

What is Entrepreneurship?

March 12, 2018By Michaela O'Donnell LongArticle

Recently, I was chatting with a client of mine who was a few years into resurrecting an organization that had nearly fizzled out under previous leadership. When she assumed leadership of the nonprofit, it had run out of money, was unclear on its mission, and had major personnel problems. As we talked, she described to … Read More

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

June 17, 2019By Michaela O'Donnell LongAnnouncements

I am thrilled to announce that Clarissa Joan Middleton is joining the De Pree Center team in role of Content and Communications Manager. In this role, Clarissa will spearhead our multifaceted content strategy, direct digital content experiences, write, and oversee all communication efforts to further De Pree Center’s mission of serving marketplace leaders so that … Read More

Fear and Faithfulness

June 4, 2019By Michaela O'Donnell LongArticle

Recently, I had young woman approach me after a speaking engagement and ask with admiring eyes, “How do you do it all?” When I prodded more, I learned what all meant: she liked the things I taught about, she thought it was wonderful that I have two young children, and she hoped to have a … Read More

Leading for Diversity and Inclusion

May 14, 2019By Guest ContributorArticle

James 2:8-9, “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.” Centuries ago there were two particular travelers on a dangerous road. Seeing a person needing help, there was the … Read More

Making Grace Functional in The Workplace

May 7, 2019By Guest ContributorArticle

Proverbs 25:11 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” The question that underlies my work is one Max De Pree presented to his executive committee: What would grace enable the organization to become? It seems like an odd question in a capitalist system. I claim it is absolutely … Read More

Lost Art of Community: Welcome One Another

April 30, 2019By Guest ContributorArticle

Romans 15:7, “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” What would it be like if you’d never been welcomed by anyone?  I imagine it’s like being seized and bound by great sorrow. Joseph Merrick knew what it’s like. Born in England in 1862, Merrick became known in … Read More

Just Getting Started: Nada Jones’s Story

April 23, 2019By Paul MatsushimaStory

If you read Nada Jones’s résumé, you’d think she was doing specifically what God placed her upon this earth to do. Her calling, which marries her passion of empowering women—both in the developing and developed world—and her love for entrepreneurship, fashion, and storytelling, seems to fit her like a glove. But the fusing of her … Read More

Exploration of Self: Clarissa Joan Middleton’s Story

April 9, 2019By Jerome BlancoStory

In 2009, Clarissa Joan Middleton was fresh out of college, living in New York City, engaged to her now-husband, and working an enviable job as a financial analyst on Wall Street. In other words, she was living the grand, old American Dream. She had all the boxes checked for the ideal life, yet Clarissa says, … Read More