Women in the Workforce: A Reception for Ministry and Marketplace Professionals

Women in the Workforce: A Reception for Ministry and Marketplace Professionals
Date Thursday, October 4, 2018
5 - 6:30 p.m.
FeaturingA panel of professional women in a variety of workplace and ministry roles
Location Thrivent Financial, 625 South 4th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Instructions for GuestsView driving directions and downtown parking map for Thrivent Financial in Minneapolis. The reception will be held in Thrivent's first floor auditorium. You can choose to purchase a $10 parking voucher (regular ramp rate is $25) when you register. This voucher is only for the Centre Village Parking Ramp at 700 5th Ave S (enter on 5th Ave just after the intersection with 8th St). Vouchers will be distributed at the Thrivent security desk after the event concludes. The ramp is connected to Thrivent by the Minneapolis skyway system.
Cost$10 per person; all attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Katelyn Beaty's new book, A Woman's Place.
RegistrationSpace is limited; register today! Register
SponsorsBethel Seminary's Work with Purpose Initiative and Thrivent Financial

Event Description

Have you considered how your work allows you to participate in God's redemptive story? As a woman in a professional marketplace or ministry role, you are a reflection of God's creation. We want to help you see the connection between your faith and what happens each day in your vocation.

Join us for a networking reception where you'll gather with like-minded women to make new connections, renew friendships, and get recharged after the workday. Be blessed by a time of fellowship that includes refreshments, light appetizers, and conversation with a panel of professional women. Grow your circle of influence as you build mutually encouraging relationships.

You'll spend time reflecting on:

  • How your faith is integrated into your daily work
  • New ways in which God is leading you
  • What vocational theology means for you personally
  • How to look for "God moments" throughout your workday

Make a Difference

You are invited to practice generosity through our partnership with a Thrivent Action Team. Show your support for the Alexandra House, a nonprofit in the north metro that empowers victims of domestic and sexual violence through round-the-clock service, advocacy, and shelter. Attendees can bring the following non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the Alexandra House as part of their annual food drive:

  • Cereal
  • Pasta sauces
  • Canned beans
  • Canned chicken
  • Boxed cake, cookie, and/or brownie mixes

About the Panelists

Katelyn Beaty is the author of A Woman's Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the WorldShe is the former managing editor of Christianity Today, where she served as the magazine's youngest and first female managing editor. While at CT, she co-founded the website Her.meneutics and served as editorial director of This Is Our City, a documentary project about Christians' engagement in urban areas. She has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Vox, and has spoken at Q Ideas, Movement Day, the Chautauqua Institution, Princeton Theological Seminary, the Festival of Faith and Writing, Jubilee, Biola University, and Made to Flourish. An Ohio native and graduate of Calvin College, she lives in the Chicago suburbs and enjoys running, reading, karaoke, and attending an Anglican church. Visit her website,, to learn more.

Donna Harris, Ed.D., is the president of Minnehaha Academy, a Christian school founded in 1913 by Swedish immigrants that enrolls students in grades pre-K through 12. She was previously the assistant superintendent and chief academic officer at Valley Christian Schools, which had an enrollment of 2,500 students. Donna formerly taught in public schools with a bilingual elementary and secondary teaching credential, twice receiving Intel Corporation's prestigious Innovation in Teaching award. She has spoken on topics such as project-based learning, integration of technology, governance, strategic planning, and school improvement, and she has written on diversity in the Christian school. Donna holds a ministerial license with the Evangelical Covenant Church and is currently pursuing Ordination to Word and Service.

Claire Williams, MA, ACC, is a leadership development practitioner and executive coach at Target. She designs and facilitates programs for leaders at multiple levels, focusing on topics such as influence, change management, meaningful conversations, prioritization, cross-functional collaboration, and innovation. She also practices as an independent coach and consultant, having coached and trained leaders in over 20 organizations. Claire holds a Masters in Organization Development and Change as well as a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching. She is ACC-certified through the International Coach Federation and is certified to administer the Hogan and Myers-Briggs assessments. Claire believes in a whole-person approach to growing effective leaders and loves to engage the interconnections between work and life.  

About the Moderator

Stephanie O'Brien is a lead pastor at Mill City Church in Minneapolis. Within the Bethel Seminary community, she is the director of the Ministry Scholars program, an adjunct preaching instructor, and the Women in the Workforce coordinator for the Work with Purpose Initiative. Stephanie is the executive producer and co-presenter for the Lead Stories Media podcast along with Jo Saxton, and she blogs at She loves to tell stories about how everyone can have influence for the kingdom of God in their everyday lives.


Contact Work with Purpose Initiative Manager Tessa Pinkstaff at 651.638.6480 or


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