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4word Board of Directors

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    Diane Paddison
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    Diane Paddison
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    Diane Paddison, 4word Founder and President, is a Harvard MBA graduate, former global executive of two Fortune 500 companies and one Fortune 1000 company, and serves as an independent director for two corporations and four not-for-profits. A leading advocate for the professional Christian women community, Diane published Work, Love, Pray in 2011, laying the foundation for 4word. Diane speaks on life/work balance, mentoring/sponsorship, and impactful leadership at events across the country. She authors weekly posts at 4wordwomen.org and is a featured columnist for Today’s Christian Woman. Diane and her husband, Chris, have four children and live in Dallas, Texas.

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    Lisbeth McNabb
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    Currently CEO and founder of DigiWorksCorp, Lisbeth McNabb is a serial entrepreneur and visionary strategist in digital media, technology, b2b and consumer marketing. Conde Nast Dallas Business Journal named Lisbeth one of the Top 25 Women in Business. She is an innovator in technology, banking, travel, technology, and customer.

     

    Lisbeth founded http://w2wlink.com where she served as CEO and is active as Board Chair.  Lisbeth has been a senior excutive with Match.com, Pepsico Frito Lay, Sodexo and American Airlines. She is audit chair of Nexstar Broadcasting and other corporate public and advisory boards and is a passionate mentor and networker. She earned an MBA at the SMU Cox School of Business, and was honored as a Distinguished Alumnae by SMU in 2011. Lisbeth lives in Dallas with her husband and two sons.

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    Patricia Myers
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    Patricia Myers
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    Pat specializes in executive coaching, talent management, and helping groups manage change. She was a marketing executive with PNC Financial and spent a decade working in the Middle East in talent management and organizational development as Head of Talent Management for National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia. Currently, she does independent coaching and consulting and is a senior consultant for The Hayes Group International.

     She has a BA from Gannon University and earned a (Masters) Diploma in Clinical Organizational Psychology from the French University- INSEAD. She is certified from INSEAD in Consulting and Coaching for Change. She is proud to be a mentor for 4word Women. Pat resides in Colleyville, Texas, with her husband, Lou, and has five grandchildren and two children in LA and Texas.

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    Patty Ross
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    For over three decades at Nike, Patty Ross has held a variety of leadership positions in strategy, business and leadership development, talent management, employee engagement, organizational change management, innovation, and business operations. She has served as an Organizational Visionary, Executive Coach, Diversity Champion, Builder and Engineer of Processes and Systems, as well as a Connector of People and Ideas, Additionally, she was the Executive Sponsor and Founder of the Women of Nike Network. Her motivational approach is best described as optimistic and results oriented. Patty’s unique skills empower her to be a decisive and accomplished leader, known for breaking barriers, fostering new talent, and delivering game-changing results.
    Patty holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Portland State University. She has also completed the Advanced Management Graduate Program at Harvard Business School and received her coaching certificate from The Hudson Institute of Coaching.
    Patty supports leadership and women’s programs in various parts of the country and volunteers regularly in the Portland metro area. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Dave, their dog, Molly, and her many nieces and nephews. She is also an avid sports fan who can be found golfing, hiking, biking, running and practicing yoga.
    Patty’s highest passion is helping individuals and business leaders discover meaning and purpose in their personal, professional and spiritual lives.
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    Patricia Asp
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    Patricia is a senior Transformation and Operating executive with over 25 years of diverse business experience in Fortune 500 and small privately held companies in the service, education, healthcare and photography industries.  Her specialties include business turnarounds, strategic planning, culture and values sustainability, and multiple location/distributed organizational models with emphasis on performance and process improvement. Throughout her career she has held operations, sales, activations, finance, human resources, and business transformation positions, including CEO, COO and President of companies.  Each role required significant strategic redirection and performance improvement.

    Some selective career achievements include:

    • Financial turnaround during dramatic economic downturn of education and photography markets that negatively impacted legacy businesses.
    • Led first Six Sigma launch in a $4 Billion, distributed-model, multiple location, service company with 5,000 locations. Created leading-edge programs to provide operations with actionable priority items and customer and employee impact metrics to drive performance improvement.
    • Designed and implemented an interactive strategic planning process.

    Patricia currently serves as a Senior Consultant and Executive Coach for personal and business performance development in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.  She resides in Tennessee with her husband Glen.

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    Pam Johnson
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    As 20+ year veteran and currently a Global Sales Business Director for Nike, Inc., Pam directs Financial and Strategic Planning efforts for Nike’s Sales partnership with Foot Locker, Inc.  Foot Locker, Inc. is the largest supplier of athletic footwear and apparel in the world.  Over Pam’s 20 year history at Nike she has held various positions in Finance, Sales Operations and Strategic Planning.  Prior to Nike Pam held various Financial Management positions with Mentor Graphics, US Bank, and United Technologies.  Away from work Pam is actively involved with the Oregon State University Scholl of Business Advisory Council, a member of PEO (a philanthropic educational organization), is on the Advisory Board for 4Word, and enjoys spending time with her family.  Pam lives in Newport Beach, CA with her husband and high school aged son and also has a daughter attending Oregon State.

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    An admired and respected business executive, Kelly McDermott has a 20 year accomplished record in building new lines of business and significantly improving corporate margins. She has been responsible for leading high impact teams at some of the world’s leading firms such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Western International Media, Sprint and EDS.

    Kelly is an astute strategist with remarkable insight and clarity about what it takes to be successful. She has lead strategy development initiatives in several companies and has a demonstrated track record in the successful development and implementation of key business strategies in a variety of industries. She is a highly engaging speaker and facilitator that helps individuals link learning and new ideas with real world application. Her business acumen and ability to synthesize practical experience with a fresh outlook make for a rewarding and challenging exchange.

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    Kathryn Tack
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    Kathryn Tack
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    Kathryn Tack is an executive and leadership development coach with The John Maxwell Team who partners with CEO’s, senior executives and leaders to help them realize significantly higher levels of productivity and fulfillment in their leadership and life roles.

     

    Kathryn began her career as a speaker, focusing on women’s conferences and retreats.  She then launched a major entrepreneurial effort in 1983 when she purchased, franchised and developed a 12 restaurant and management services company in the hospitality industry.  For 15 years Kathryn was President and CEO of Good Times Concepts, a multi-million dollar enterprise.  When she sold her company, many of her colleagues asked her to mentor them and that is when she decided to launch her executive coaching business. She is a graduate of Coach University, Executive Coaching Institute and now speaker/teacher and coach with the John Maxwell Team.  She has served as Chair for Vistage, an international organization dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of CEO’s.  She also served as Chair of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) committed to helping women gain financial equity and to access support for their unique roles.  In 2009, she launched her most recent entrepreneurial effort of Executive JaneÔ, a personal board of directors for women who convene for the purpose of obtaining wisdom and discernment and then set a course of action for change.  As a strong Christian and leader, Kathryn is always looking to serve her sisters-in-Christ and decided to be a part of the leadership team of 4word Chicago as advisor to help solidify efforts within the Chicagoland area.

     

    Kathryn has and continues to coach and speak to leading and emerging Presidents, CEO’s and senior executives of small to medium businesses.  Her blend of experience as a CEO, executive coach, wife and mother brings a profound depth of wisdom and practical application to the field.  She is married to Jerry, her husband for over 40 years and is the mother of three children and six grandchildren.

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    Karla Bardelli
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    Karla Baldelli, JDRF International, Associate Vice President, Donor Experience & Stewardship

    As a member of the senior management team Karla leads the organization with strong and strategic leadership in all matters related to constituent experience and stewardship.  Karla leads the collaborative development of thoughtful, year-round donor experience strategies and behaviors across all campaigns, including Peer to Peer, Signature Events, Individual Giving and Workplace Giving; while ensuring continued collaboration with Corporate Development and Leadership Giving.  Designing, testing and implementing a creative, comprehensive and integrated program that results in a more thoughtful donor experience, better retention rates and higher lifetime value for our constituencies.

    She has helped shape the donor-centered culture that is now foundational to JDRF’s work, by delivering The Power of the Donor Experience training to staff across the country, as well as developing tools and resources in partnership with Development Operations to help track and drive strategy discussion around donor retention/loyalty.  As a result of this work, the organization experienced an increase in donor loyalty in FY17; the first increase in the past 5 years.

    Karla has served in leadership roles for the Coast Guard Foundation where she focused on building a robust major gift program and at the American Heart Association, National Center (AHA), with her last role as National Director, Philanthropic Giving Society. While at AHA, she grew the Heart Ball Open Your Heart unrestricted individual campaign from $2 million to more than $20 million; developed the national stewardship program; directed and grew the flagship stewardship event Honored Guest Day for major/mega donors; strengthened retention of major gift performance; designed campaign architecture for the $100 million Mission Lifeline Campaign; and designed and created AHA’s National Giving Society, Cor Vitae.

    Karla’s career in the non-profit world also includes The Salvation Army, DFW Area Command, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Arthritis Foundation to name a few. She is also an accomplished trainer and coordinator of the collective efforts of boards and committees and has held a wide variety of non-profit volunteer leadership roles. Karla is from Dallas, TX where she lives with her husband Dale and their two sons.

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    Linda Burket
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    Linda Burket, retired CPA, is the former Director of the Office of Ethics & Business Conduct at Raytheon Company, where she worked for 12 years.   With 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, Raytheon is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world.  In the Ethics role, Burket was responsible for leading the Ethics program at the Space and Airborne Systems division, providing strategic guidance and advice to Raytheon management and employees about Raytheon’s strong ethical culture.

    Prior to her role in Ethics, Burket was a business controller for the company. In that capacity, she was responsible for ensuring the accuracy of financial statements and internal control systems.

    Prior to joining Raytheon, Burket worked for 15 years at Airbus Helicopters USA, the U.S. affiliate of Airbus International. During her tenure at Airbus, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

    Burket holds a BBA in accounting from the University of Texas, an MBA in finance from the University of Dallas, and is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the state of Texas.

    Burket speaks on college campuses and to other audiences about Ethics and the changing roles of women in corporate leadership.  She is active in retirement with her church and other ministry-related activities.  She is a 10 year breast cancer survivor.

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    Ka Cotter
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    Following a brilliant career with the international commercial real estate firm The Staubach Company, Ka Cotter has turned her focus to advising both corporations and non-profit organizations in board director roles. Ka served seven years as an Independent Director of Experient Inc., an international event planning and management company, and with Veritext Inc., a court reporting firm, until the successful sale of each company. Her not-for-profit board roles have included the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, YWCA, Nurse-Family Partnership, UT Center for Brain Health and the Dallas Women’s Foundation Advisory Board. Ka Cotter is active in CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), International Womens Forum, NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) and WCD (Women Corporate Directors).

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    Mary Coucher
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    In 2001, Mary Coucher joined IBM in Beaverton, Oregon through IBM’s acquisition of Sequent Computer Systems. With more than 30 years overall industry experience in Information Technology, Mary is widely recognized for her leadership, teamwork and management abilities, working both with IBM internally and with clients, across many geographies and cultures. She has led sales, mergers and acquisitions, business development, product design, supply chain and process engineering teams in a broad range of industries, including: Manufacturing, Chemicals, Telecommunications, and Information Technology. Over the years, Mary has lived in several locations including assignments in China and Japan.

    Mary started her professional career with Tektronix where her responsibilities included process engineering and division engineering management for the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) operation. While at Tektronix she managed and participated in the Tektronix-NEC Engineering Exchange Program in Nyuzen, Japan.

    Mary earned her Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University where she was inducted into their Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2008. She also earned her Masters of Business Administration from University of Portland, recognized into the honorary fraternity, Beta Gamma Sigma, for High Scholastic achievement.

    Mary is extremely active with the higher education community in the state of Oregon by serving as a trustee for the Oregon State University (OSU) Foundation Board, was the recent board chair of OSU’s Dean’s Council for the College of Business, board member of College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, and a board member of the President’s Advisory Council for Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT)

    Mary has three children, Braden, age 28, Margaret, age 24, and Joe Van, age 18. Mary was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and enjoys golfing, boating, and music. She is a choir member of Lake Grove Presbyterian’s Sanctuary Choir.

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    Shea Davis has over 20 years of experience as a tax, accounting and finance expert advising companies in complex situations.  Beginning her career in investment banking in New York City, she was a Sunday volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House for 6 years.  Moving next to PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas, TX, she joined the Mergers & Acquisitions team.  She was then promoted to Associate Director and moved into the Business Development area of PwC, overseeing Alumni Relations.  She joined the Board for the Notre Dame School of Dallas; a school for mild to moderately challenged children.  From PwC, Shea joined the Internal Revenue Service as a Financial Products Specialist, Revenue Agent.  She was then selected as the first national Technical Advisor for the Alternative Investment Industry, where she developed and led the national initiative regarding hedge funds and private equity funds.

     

    In 2010, Shea joined Ernst & Young as the leader of the Southwest Financial Services Office Tax practice, focusing on Asset Management.    She joined the Boards of, the Texas Hedge Fund Association, Texas Wall Street Women, the Host Committee of GIBI – Great Investor’s Best Ideas,  and The Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas.

     

    Prior to forming Velasco Advisory, Shea was Partner and Chief Financial Officer of an emerging private equity fund focused on growth equities in the media and technology industries, PTA Capital.  She joined the Warrior Mentor Program organized by the Center for Brain Health and the mentor advisor program through the DEC – the Dallas Entrepreneurial Center.

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    Debbie MacDonald
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    Debbie has a vast experience in developing campaign funding strategies for various organizations, including: Alzheimer’s Association, Byron Nelson Golf Tournament, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) nationally and locally in Dallas and Houston, Lifehouse of Houston and the Junior League of Richardson. Most recently she served as Co-Chair of the successful First Annual 4word Gala held in Dallas. Along the way during her leadership positions in the workplace and with many volunteer organizations, she embraced the importance of coaching and mentoring programs for women and served as a solid role model for her co-workers and volunteers as they juggled the challenges of being a spiritually based, professional woman in today’s world.

     

    After graduating and heading to Dallas, Debbie ended up moving into commercial real estate in Dallas and then Houston – winning numerous awards as a consistent top producer and for outstanding achievement. She spent her last 12 years as a Senior Vice President with Transwestern in Houston, and a Director/Owner with Cameron Management. Eventually her desire to give back and serve the Lord, led her to non-profit opportunities with Lifehouse of Houston, where she served as the Executive Director for the Christian-based maternity home for homeless young girls in Houston, and Lay Director of Outreach for Christ United Methodist in Sugar Land, Texas.

     

    Debbie graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Computer Science and with minors in Math and Business. She has been married to her husband, John, for almost 37 years and they have two boys, Patrick and Kyle, who are now married and living in Houston and Nashville, respectively.

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    Dr. Sarah-Jane Murray
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    Dr. Sarah-Jane Murray, Baylor University Professor, Princeton Ph.D. is an EMMY-nominated screenwriter and producer. She studied screenwriting at UCLA and is associate professor of creative writing and great texts at Baylor University.

    Sarah-Jane was born in Ireland and educated in France before venturing across the pond to get her BA in French and Philosophy from Auburn University. Then she received the Ecole Normale Supérieure-Lettres et Sciences Humaines diploma in French and Linguistics, followed by a PhD in Literature from Princeton.

    Sarah-Jane is an alumna of the UCLA professional program in screenwriting and studied under chairman Richard Walter. She teaches screenwriting, coaches best-selling authors, and is a screenwriter and film-maker herself. She won an EMMY-nomination for PRIMARY CONCERN (writer/ associate producer), distributed nationally by PBS. She is story consultant & associate producer of IMBA MEANS SING, the story of the African Children’s Choir, and associate producer of the second and third installments of the NEFARIOUS documentary trilogy on sex trafficking. She is the recipient of the Communicator Award of Distinction (2013) and two silver Telly awards (2014).

    Sarah-Jane lives in Austin, Texas, but travels frequently to both coasts. She can be found practicing her salsa routines when not teaching in the Honors College at Baylor University or heading up the team of the first English translation of the Ovide Moralisé from Old French for the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

     

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    Kimberly MacNeill
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    Kimberly MacNeill, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, now lives in Nashville with her husband, Dave.  She completed her Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN and served in ministry for 18 years in California, overseeing Worship Arts and Spiritual Formation ministries. She currently serves as the Minister to Women at Forest Hills Baptist Church. Kimberly travels teaching the Bible and telling stories that inspire people to go deeper in their faith.  With creativity, humor and honesty, Kimberly invites people to see what God has next on their journey with Him! She is the author of Whispers: Transforming Words for Your Ever-Changing Life.

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    Heidi Rasmussen
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    After 27 years in the retail industry, Heidi took on a new challenge. From corporate life to entrepreneurship. From fashion retail to the employee benefits industry.

    At 15 years old, Heidi started at JCPenney where she went from a sales floor associate to Divisional Vice President at the corporate office. As a manager, she was promoted 14 times, received multiple awards & led the largest brand launch in JCPenney history.

    As co-founder and COO of freshbenies, she developed the brand from zero members to Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies in America for three consecutive years (#117 in 2015, #255 in 2016 and #903 in 2017).

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    Sandy Swider has a passion for developing meaningful brands and engaged leaders. Her 25-year career in the hospitality field has taken her from front-line operations in stand-alone hotels to setting and executing global strategies at Starwood Hotels, a recognized leader in lifestyle branding. Now, as a principal of consulting firm Swider & Co, she is dedicated to helping high-performing leaders make a positive difference in the world.

    Sandy holds a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Penn State University, is trained as a professional leadership coach by the Coaches Training Institute and is certified as a Halftime Coach focused on taking leaders from Success to Significance.

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    BERNICE. J. WASHINGTON is a sought after television and radio talk show commentator and has been featured in movies, magazine articles and in News stories. She has been featured on CNN and NBC Today, and in Southern Living Magazine, Dollars & Sense, Jet Magazine and many other National publications.

    Washington is a highly regarded keynote presenter and is a faculty member at The Governance Institute. The Institute is an organization serving not-for-profit hospital and health system boards of directors, executives, and physician leadership.  In addition she is a featured speaker with Speaker Express an American Hospital Association affiliate.

    She is CEO of BJW Consulting Group and is a nationally recognized successful businesswoman with more than three decades of experience in executive sales, marketing and management.

    Washington is a veteran trustee having served on Texas Health Resources Boards for more than 20 years and has served on more than 18 other boards of directors. She is currently a member of DFW International Airport Board of Directors; Regional Transportation Council of North Texas; Salvation Army Board; Texas Healthcare Trustees and Women Corporate Directors.

    Washington earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Missouri; is a registered Medical Technologist, MT (ASCP) Research Hospital and Medical Center-Kansas City, Missouri; and has a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology/Microbiology from Southern University-Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She is a Certified Master Coach by the Behavioral Coaching Institute and is a member of The International Coaching Council (ICC).

    Mrs. Washington is married to Lt. Col. (Ret) Lymon Washington, Jr. for 44 years and they have two adult children Andrea Renee and Michael Benjamin.

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    Sandra Crawford Williamson
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    Sandra is a seasoned executive, Wall Street industry expert, author, and public speaker. She was most recently Chief Marketing Officer for a $3 Billion advertising agency for 600,000 clients. Williamson brings 20+ years of general management, marketing, & sales, and operations experience with a passion for taking brands, companies, teams, and individuals to the next level while delivering strong results.

    In 2011, Williamson took her robust experience and launched her own consulting practice, Crawford Creative Consulting, where she serves as CEO. This innovative firm has a heart for evolving companies into power house brands of scale with amazing cultures. These firms utilize Williamson’s broad range of expertise in strategic business planning, brand development, sales strategy, global business development, product management, financial analysis & planning, digital and social marketing, executive coaching, and cultural transformation.

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    Carolyn Custis James (BA, Sociology; MA, Biblical Studies) is an award-winning author and activist who researches and writes about the intersection between Christianity and twenty-first century questions facing women and men globally. She blogs at www.carolyncustisjames.com, as a Leading Voice at MissioAlliance, and at Huffington Post/Religion and is an adjunct faculty member at Biblical Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. Carolyn speaks regularly at church conferences, colleges, and other Christian organizations both in the U.S. and abroad and is a visiting lecturer at various theological seminaries. Between seminary and her current ministry, she had her own business in England as a software developer. In 2013, Christianity Today named her one of the 50 evangelical women to watch. Her books include Malestrom—Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World, Half the Church—Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women, and The Gospel of Ruth—Loving God Enough to Break the Rules.  (She has written many other books.) Carolyn lives in Philadelphia and is married to her husband, Frank.

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    Brenda Bertrand‘s eclectic 20-year career spans work as a news anchor, a political appointee in Washington D.C., university chaplaincy, and consulting at leading global firms. Brenda is a Los Angeles based entrepreneur and ordained minister who focuses her energies on mentoring career women and aspiring entrepreneurs through coaching programs, retreats and public speaking.  A native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, she spends time traveling the globe and volunteering with organizations that make a meaningful difference in the world.  With master’s degrees from the University of Texas and Princeton Theological Seminary, Brenda recently spent a year teaching communication and business management in the People’s Republic of China.

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    Lucy Buchanan
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    Lucy Buchanan recently moved from San Francisco, CA to Dallas, TX to work with the Edith 0’Donnell Institute of Art History at the University of Texas at Dallas.

    With over 28 years of professional fundraising experience working in art museums, Lucy formed her private consulting practice 6 years ago.

    Focused primarily on advancement strategies, fundraising, marketing, events, communications and external relations for nonprofit organizations and institutions, Lucy’s specialty is working with art institutions and not for profits.  Her goal is to help clients implement institutional change and manage opportunities for future growth.  Lucy has worked for varied organizations including the Portland Art Museum, Oregon, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and many others.

    Lucy is from Nashville, TN and graduated from Vanderbilt University magna cum laude in mathematics.  Lucy is an avid bridge player and often travels around the world to work with clients and experience cultural and art masterpieces. She looks forward to supporting the 4word staff and board with fundraising, events and other strategies to continue to grow and expand 4word’s mission.

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    Kathleen Cooke
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    Kathleen’s an actress, businesswoman, writer, speaker, and a founding partner (with husband, Phil Cooke) at Cooke Pictures (cookepictures.com) and The Influence Lab (influencelab.com) in Burbank CA. She edits the monthly Influence Women Newsletter, influencelab.com/women, and weekly blog: kathleencooke.com and is a column regular for WHOA Magazine, whoawomen.com. She is the co-founder/director of two nationally recognized conferences, Biola Media Conference and the women’s ASCEND Conference. On the boards for Hollywood Connect, Hollywood Prayer Network, and the Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board, she travels internationally speaking on faith, media, leadership, and culture.  Her passion is to see women flourish and find significance beginning with a vibrant relationship with God. She and her husband, Phil, have two adult children.

    You can follow Kathleen on twitter @KathyCooke or on Instagram: KathleenRCooke

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    Steve Haas is known as a motivator and visionary, with a passion for making things happen. Steve is a dynamic spokesperson for World Vision’s worldwide humanitarian work, a role that includes working with national faith leaders, ideation, strategic planning, and communications on issues that affect the global poor. Steve is a University of Kansas graduate, with a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and post graduate study at the University of Edinburgh. His career has included founding a human rights organization, serving on the staff of several prevailing churches, that include Willow Creek Community Church, where he helped develop their small group and extension ministries. He joined World Vision in 2001. His leadership at WV has helped mobilize Americans to engage those impacted and infected by the AIDS crisis, unite to eradicate malaria, raise up university students from over 300 college campuses in addressing pressing social issues. Presently, Steve spends considerable time in the Middle East, due to the Syria/Iraq Refugee Crisis. When not traveling Steve enjoys time with family, outdoor activities, endurance sports and reading. Steve lives in Tacoma, WA and has four grown children.

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    Charity Wallace is the Founding Vice President and Senior Advisor of the Global Women’s Initiatives at the George W. Bush Institute, former Senior Advisor to the Global Women’s Initiatives at the George W. Bush Institute, and is pursuing a Global Master of Arts in International Relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Most recently, Wallace served as Senior Advisor to First Lady Laura Bush and Vice President of the Global Women’s Initiatives at the Bush Institute. Wallace has worked for President and Mrs. George W. Bush since 2000, serving as Chief of Staff to Laura Bush from 2009-2010, and the entire tenure of the Bush Administration, most notably as the Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States and the Director of Advance for First Lady Laura Bush. Additionally, Wallace held public liaison positions in Presidential Advance, the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and USA Freedom Corps. Ms. Wallace wrote the foreword for the book Work, Love, Pray and is a member of 4word’s Advisory Board. She also sits on the Advisory Boards of Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, and ARZU Studio Hope, an organization that employs and empowers Afghan women rug weavers. A native of California, Wallace graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University, with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, with a focus in international relations.

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    A native of Pendleton, Oregon, Cindy settled in Portland after graduating from George Fox University. As an audit manager with over nine years of public accounting experience, she provides auditing and accounting expertise for distributors, manufacturers, and non-profit organizations.

     

    Cindy enjoys playing golf, tennis, boating, or pretty much any outdoor activity. She is active in the Portland 4word Local Group and volunteers on leadership teams at her church and with other charitable organizations.

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    Erin Botsford
    Board of Directors

    Erin Botsford rose from a life of poverty and misfortune to launch a successful financial planning firm. Her fascinating story has been featured in national publications. Erin has been named one of Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors in the country six times, and D Magazine designated her one of the “Best Financial Planners in Dallas” three times. Her firm, The Botsford Group, specializes in risk management, lifestyle, and asset protection strategies.

     

    Erin authored The Big Retirement Risk in 2012. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and has a grown son in military service. http://www.botsfordfinancial.com.

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    Gabrielle Sulzberger
    Board of Directors, 2013-2017
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    Gabrielle Sulzberger
    Board of Directors, 2013-2017

    Gabrielle Sulzberger is an accomplished financial services executive and corporate board director with more than 25 years experience.  Gabrielle is a General Partner of Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners, a private equity fund based in Pasadena, California.  Previously, she was Chief Financial Officer of Gluecode Software, a venture-backed open source software company, which sold to IBM in 2005.

     

    Gabrielle received her BA from Princeton University in 1981, graduating from the Urban Studies program at the Woodrow Wilson School.  In 1987, she received her MBA from Harvard Business School and JD from Harvard Law School. Gabrielle currently chairs the board of Johnson Products and is a board director for Whole Foods as well as for Stage Stores. Gabrielle has served on numerous private company boards. Gabrielle lives in New York City and is passionate about traveling, hiking, reading, and her two daughters.

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    Richelle Campbell
    2010-2015
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    Richelle Campbell
    2010-2015

    Richelle grew up on a farm in Southern Oregon, and earned degrees from Princeton University and Southern Methodist University School of Law. Now settled in Dallas, Texas, Richelle and husband, Josh, have two young daughters and a large dog. Richelle balances a busy life at home with work as an attorney and writer.

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    Jackie Roese
    2014
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    Jackie Roese
    2014

    Dr. Jackie Roese grew up in upstate New York and moved to Texas to attend Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2003, Jackie became the Teaching Pastor to Women at Irving Bible Church. She has developed Bible study materials for use in more than 18 states and 17 countries. In 2010, Jackie graduated with her Doctorate in Preaching from Gordon Conwell Seminary. In 2013, she published her first book, She Can Teach: Training Women to Teach the Scriptures Effectively. In 2012, she founded The Marcella Project, an organization committed to improving the view of women through the Scriptures (www.jackiealwaysunplugged.com). She has taught and trained women in Rwanda, Romania and Southern Sudan. She and her husband were influential in the start up of AWI, African Women’s Initiative. She has been married to Steve, founder of Water is Basic, for more than 24 years and has three young adult children: Hunter, Hampton, and Madison.

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    Marissa Peterson
    Advisory Board, 2010-2016
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    Marissa Peterson
    Advisory Board, 2010-2016

    Marissa Peterson is a management consultant and executive coach for clients like Apple and Yahoo!, and the only Filipino-American board director for a Fortune 500 company (Humana). In a 17-year career at Sun Microsystems, Marissa was instrumental in growing the company to $20 billion in revenue, retiring in 2005 as Executive Vice President of Services. Marissa is Chairman of the Board for OCLARO, and is a board director for Ansell and Quatros. She has served on the board of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, and as a trustee at Kettering University.

    At the age of 16, Marissa won a General Motors Institute Fellowship to attend college and emigrated with her family from the Phillippines to California. With a BS in mechanical engineering from Kettering University, she went on to earn a Harvard MBA and was awarded an honorary doctorate of management from Kettering.

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    Bonnie Wurzbacher
    2012-2013
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    Bonnie Wurzbacher
    2012-2013

    For the past 27 years, Bonnie has served The Coca-Cola Company in various leadership roles, including Senior Vice President of Global Customer & Channel Leadership. She is a founding member of The Company’s Advisory Council for Women’s Leadership, and she helped launch The Company’s global initiative “5 BY 20,” which aims to economically empower 5 million women by 2020.

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    Linda Lindquist-Bishop
    2010-2013
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    Linda Lindquist-Bishop
    2010-2013

    Linda Lindquist-Bishop has competed in the sport of sailing for almost three decades. Winning multiple world championships and national titles, she was a member of the first All-Women America’s Cup team.  Linda has served in 11 industries from start-ups to multi-national corporations in the capacities of marketing executive, sales management, publisher, sponsorship director, and sports property president. Linda lives with her husband, Major General Brian Bishop (USAF), in Alexandria, VA and Leland, MI along with their beloved golden retriever, Buddy.

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    Hailey Williams
    2010-2013
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    Hailey Williams
    2010-2013

    Hailey graduated from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University in May 2009 where she received her Bachelors in Accounting and Masters in Finance. She currently works as a CPA for Ernst and Young. She is newly married and lives in Dallas, Texas.

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    Stacy Repult
    2010-2014
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    Stacy Repult
    2010-2014

    Stacy is a Certified Public Accountant who earned her MBA from Exeter University in England. Over a 20-year career, she has held senior executive positions at Sammons Corporation, FedEx Kinko’s, Cinemark International, and Fujitsu-ICL Retail Systems. She is a principal in SLR Holdings, a corporate finance consulting firm in Dallas, Texas.

     

    Stacy is a gifted writer and frequent guest blogger for 4word, sharing how her faith informs her dating life and family relationships as a single woman in her early 40s. Recently engaged, Stacy is planning a 2014 wedding.

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    Lori Berry
    Advisory Board, 2016-2017
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    Lori Berry
    Advisory Board, 2016-2017

    Lori Berry has a diverse background in business and ministry, as well as non-profit settings.  She is an experienced writer, speaker, teacher, ministry leader, and consultant. Lori writes small group curriculum and leads teams in her authentic and enthusiastic way. Residing in Texas with her husband and family, Lori is also a Master of Arts/Pastoral Counseling candidate at Liberty University Seminary and is certified in pre-marital and marriage counseling.

    With a heart for ministering to women, Lori adds value through strategic leadership and coaching, and lives out her passion for encouraging and supporting women throughout their different life paths, including faith, marriage, parenting, and career.

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    Katie Reiff
    Advisory Board, 2016-2017
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    Katie Reiff
    Advisory Board, 2016-2017
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    Jane Richards
    Advisory Board, 2015-2017
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    Jane Richards
    Advisory Board, 2015-2017

    Jane B. Richards serves as the Secretary/ Treasurer of Richards & Richards Office Records Management, Inc., in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1987 Jane assisted her husband in following his dream by starting their family business. Over the past 29 years she has  provided vision and leadership for the office and customer service management team. Her areas of expertise integrate the company’s client experience, helping to develop Richards & Richards’ trademark customer service in the marketplace.

    Jane was one of six children, raised on a small farm in Greeneville, Tennessee and came to Nashville to attend Belmont University, where she graduated with a  Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Social Work and Secondary Education.   She served as a school social worker for The Institute of Learning Research in Nashville for 6 years before starting their family.  Her most rewarding accomplishment has been to see her 3 children become successful adults and now involved in the daily operations of the company, which also leaves her more free time to spend with her 3 grandchildren!

    Jane has served on the 4word: Nashville leadership team since its conception in July 2014 as the Administration Chair.