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Christian Women's Leadership Conference


Christian Women's Leadership Conference

"Empowered by Grace" - MVNU is pleased to offer a conference for women in leadership.


Online registration for this event is now closed. If you'd still like to register please call us at 1-888-470-0050.

October 25-26, 2013

Whether you have held a leadership role for many years, or you strive to become a better leader, this conference will encompass various aspects of leadership positions including finding your strengths, finances, creating a leadership presence and many more.

Jane Grote AbellBanquet Keynote Speaker: Jane Grote Abell
As a founding family member, Jane Grote Abell joined Donatos Pizza Inc. in 1978. She has held a variety of positions including Chief People Officer, Senior Vice President Development and Franchise Development; President and Chief Operating Officer; and currently holds the title of Chairman of the Board.

Jane is a founding member of the Ross Leadership Institute. She serves on the Board of Action for Children and Goodwill Columbus, Inc. She is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, the Women's Leadership Council of United Way of Central Ohio, and the Otterbein University Women's Leadership Network Advisory Council.


Carla SunbergWorship Keynote Speaker: Carla Sunberg
Carla comes to us with extensive leadership experience in the Church of the Nazarene. She is presently a Co-District Superintendent on the East Ohio District. She coordinated compassionate ministries and the formation of NGO's within a church context in the former Soviet Union, and directed the program for Theological Education in the former Soviet Union, teaching in Europe, Asia and North America.

She pastored with her husband, Chuck in Fort Wayne, Indiana and is an experienced public speaker for conferences, churches, and colleges. She received her Ph.D. in Historical Theology from the University of Manchester last fall, writing her dissertation on "Cappadocian Holy Women of the 4th Century: The Fathers' Theosis in Praxis." She speaks English, Russian and German and is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.

  • Keynote Banquet Speaker: Jane Grote Abell, Chairman of the Board, Donatos Pizza
  • Keynote Worship Speaker: Rev. Dr. Carla Sunberg, Co-District Superintendent, East Ohio
  • Small group discussions
  • Panel discussions
  • Worship and devotions
  • $90 per person Friday and Saturday (includes meals, registration and materials)
  • $60 per person Friday only (includes meals, registration and materials)
  • $40 per person Saturday only (includes meals, registration and materials)
  • $20 per person Banquet only
  • $30 per person MVNU students only.

Email Trinia Huddleston to register.
The registration deadline is October 11, 2013.
Click here to register online or call 1-888-470-0050 for details.

Tentative Schedule:

Printable Schedule (PDF)
  • Friday, Oct. 25
    • 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Registration (Chapel Lobby)

    • 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Plenary and Worship Session, Dr. Carla Sunberg, Keynote Speaker, (Thorne Auditorium)

    • 10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Break (Chapel Lobby)

    • 10:15 a.m.-11:20 a.m. Workshop Session 1
      • Dr. Rick Williamson: Self-Care in Times of Trouble
      • Rev. Carolyn Joseph: Is the Senior Pastorate God's Calling for You?
      • Dr. Jane Kennard: Thinking Systems: Leadership from the Inside Out

    • 11:30 a.m.- 12:40 p.m. Luncheon & Networking by Interest Groups

    • 12:50 p.m.-1:50 p.m. Leadership Workshops: Session II
      • Dr. Jim Dalton: Structuring Ministerial Compensation
      • Dr. Melanie Timmerman & Dr. Margaret Britt:
        Health Care/HRM/Legal Issues
      • Dr. Yvonne Schulz: Inclusive Language

    • 1:50 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. Break (Chapel Lobby)

    • 2:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Leadership Workshops: Session III
      • Rev. Teresa Page: Oral Inductive Bible Study
      • Dr. Ed Thomas: Conducting Effective and Efficient Meetings

      3:20 pm. - 4:20 p.m. Leadership Workshops: Session IV
      • Revs. Aimee & Devin Mulder: Co-pastoring
      • Dr. Ardyth Stull: Marriage and Leadership
      • Dr. Margaret Britt: Women & Finance

    • 4:30 pm. - 5:30 p.m. Special Group Meetings:
      • USA East Central Field Women Clergy
      • MVNU Women Student Leaders

    • 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Banquet and Keynote Speaker with Jane Grote Abell (PDR)

  • Saturday, Oct. 26
    • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast in the Chapel Lobby

    • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Plenary Worship Session: Rev. Dr. Carla Sunberg

    • 10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Break

    • 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Leadership Workshops: Session V
      • Prof. Joanie Doerr: Cross-cultural Communication and Conflict
      • Dr. Sharon Metcalfe: Using Your Strengths in Leadership (Advanced Strength finder analysis, requires participants to have done Strengths Finder inventory)
      • Rev. Dr. Jeanne Serrão: Biblical Foundations for Women's Leadership

    • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon and Networking by Interest Groups

    • 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Leadership Workshops: Session VI
      • Rev. Teresa Page: Orality Communication Strategies for Education and Business
      • Dr. Sharon Metcalfe: Using Your Strengths in Leadership (Advanced Strength finder analysis, requires participants to have done Strengths Finder inventory)
      • Prof. Karen Boyd: When Helping Becomes Hurting

    • 2:15-2:30 p.m. Break

    • 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Leadership Panel - Moderator: Dr. Yvonne Schultz
      • As Business Executives: Jennie Scoby
      • As Educational Administrators: Dr. Karen Doenges
      • In Communications Leadership: Marcy Rinehart
      • In Social Work Leadership: Prof. Trudy Singletary
      • In Ministry Leadership: Rev. Dr. Carla Sunberg

    • 4:00 p.m.: Wrap-Up and Adjournment
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