February Forum | Jesus Take the Wheel... Driving My Career

February 2, 2016 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM (Registration begins at 5:30)

First Presbyterian Church of Orlando | 106 E. Church Street | Edington Ministry Center | 3rd Floor, Sterchi Conference Room | Parking Garage located at Jackson/Rosalind - Bring parking ticket for validation

Jesus Take the Wheel - There is incredible promise for you as a woman living and leading for Christ. As a J4 Leader in 2016 we will explore the promises that God has made to us, His daughters. What would He have us do as His women in the marketplace? Which of His promises can we cling to as we face the challenges of everyday living? You don’t want to miss Marlee D'Arco discussing God's Promise in your life that He is always sovereign.

Marlee D’Arco is the founder of Radical Entrepreneurship, LLC a company dedicated promoting businesses with purpose.

An attorney turned copywriter, digital marketing expert, and entrepreneur Marlee knows the speed bumps, stops signs, and detours that come with driving one’s career. And in that process, she’s learned it’s better if Jesus takes the wheel.  

A graduate of Southern Methodist University and University of Miami School of Law, Marlee’s colorful background is sure to encourage you in the sovereignty of God over every area of your lire. Her testimony is proof that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.   

Slowing Down for the Christmas Season

By Claire Fournier, J4 Board Member and Chief Strategic Partnership Officer, Orlando Health Physician Group Administration

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3 – A Season for EverythingWith 80 degree days lately, many times it is hard to feel in the Christmas spirit until we visit a retail store. From Black Friday on, the push to boost fourth quarter profits have converted Christmas into a busy, stress filled “holiday” season. So this year, I’m trying an experiment in my own Christian journey. My goal is to do something loving and thoughtful for someone each day until Christmas Day. 

My “gifts” this year have been less about shopping, wrapping or buying. It will be about showing the love of Christ to others during what can be a painful season. And the prime place that I’ve found great need and opportunity is in my workplace. Gifts have been a loving phone call, an unexpected card of encouragement or sharing a meal together. So far, I’m certain those receiving these gifts will long remember feeling the love of Christ more than any store bought gift. And it is an opportunity to show Christ’s love in a workplace where many times we are not always comfortable sharing our faith. 

The Bible reminds us there are many seasons in our lives. And that includes a time to mourn and a time to dance. For many experiencing grief and loss, the holidays may be a difficult time. What an opportunity we have to provide a glimmer of hope and joy in other’s lives. And providing that hope can be from even small gifts of random act of kindness. And the unexpected by product from giving gifts of ourselves, is that we experience peace and joy that surpasses all understanding.  What else should expect from the Prince of Peace?   

Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas season full of opportunity to love and serve others with our unique gifts.

January Forum | One Heck of a Promissory Note!

January 5, 2016 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM (Registration begins at 5:30)

First Presbyterian Church of Orlando | 106 E. Church Street | Edington Ministry Center | 3rd Floor, Sterchi Conference Room | Parking Garage located at Jackson/Rosalind - Bring parking ticket for validation


One Heck of a Promissory Note! There is incredible ‘promise’ for you as a woman living and leading for Christ. As a J4 Leader in 2016 we will explore the promises that God has made to us, His daughters. What would He have us do as His women in the marketplace? Which of His promises can we cling to as we face the challenges of everyday living? You don’t want to miss the kickoff of this year’s focus with the founder of J4 Leaders, Lisa Schultz, as she overviews this year's forum theme: God's Promises. 

Lisa Schultz is the founder and (CEO) Chief Encouragement Officer of J4 Leaders. She is Chief Services Officer for CNL Financial Group. She has a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University. In her position at CNL Financial Group, Ms. Schultz is responsible for the company’s internal and external communications functions including public relations, community affairs and corporate branding. She is also responsible for facilitating human capital solutions that meet the company’s business needs. Previously, she served in senior executive roles with Barnett Bank, NationsBank, and Bank of America. She served as an elder for First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, as a board member for Lifework Leadership and as an advisory board member for the Soderquist Center for Leadership & Ethics.

 

November Forum Recap: Stephanie Garris on Serving Where Called


What is a great disciple? And how do you become one? Great disciples share some key characteristics, each of which can be learned and applied in all areas of your life. As J4 Leaders live and lead for Christ in the marketplace, it’s critical that they continually focus on their own discipleship. This year we are exploring some of the key characteristics of discipleship and how it applies to our work life.

Each month encouragers will share their personal stories of how they have developed themselves, and what J4 Leaders should aspire to as disciples in the marketplace. This month’s encourager, Stephanie Garris, Executive Director of Grace Medical Home, explored how J4 Leaders Aspire To . .  .  Serve Where Called.

God tells us to put feet to our faith – to live as evidence of who we are, and whose we are. That calls us to serve as He would have served – to the least among us. But what does that look like, and how do you know you’ve been “called?”

For Stephanie Garris, serving where she was “called” wasn’t always clear in the moment. “I didn’t feel called for every single decision, but in hindsight I can see it was a calling.” Stephanie had a love for democracy and government, which led her to pursue a career as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill. In that moment, she didn’t know if it was her “calling,” but she knew it felt right.

Through prayer and a sense of personal peace, Stephanie made critical life-shaping decisions that looking back, reflect the clear hand of God in her life, and clearly led to what is her calling. Sometimes serving where called simply requires you bring your best to what you do. To stay faithful in waiting on God’s timing and to surrender trying to control how and when everything should happen in your career. So long as you’re following God, you can be confident that He is with you. So long as you’re following God, you can serve where called.

In closing Stephanie recounted a story of her and her husband on a backpacking trip around the world. They had traveled to Nepal to hike to Basecamp at Mount Everest, but weather conditions forced them to hike another summit. After 12 days of hiking, one shower, and a bout of elevation sickness, Stephanie had had enough. It was time to head home.

Stephanie and her husband made arrangements to return to Katmandu, but on their way down the summit Stephanie’s husband wandered off the beaten path only to end up stuck in a rice paddy! Freeing her husband from the rice paddy put them behind schedule, and put Stephanie through the roof because she didn’t want to miss their flight to Katmandu.

Upon arriving at the airport they were met with more chaos and confusion, which forced them to make the 5-hour drive to Katmandu because they had likely missed the flight. Stephanie and her husband would later learn that the flight Stephanie so desperately wanted to catch had crashed into a communication tower killing all 25 people on board. If she had gotten her way, if they had made that flight, they could have lost their lives.

And so you have to remember, your steps are ordered by the Lord. You may not see it now, you may not know you’re “called,” but you can trust that your Father in Heaven is working all things together for good for those called according to His purpose.

If you serve Him right from where you stand, wherever you are called, He’s got you covered.

About Stephanie Garris

Stephanie has a lengthy career in civic activism and community service. Prior to working at Grace, she served as Executive Director for the American Cancer Society in Central Florida and held several positions in the federal legislative arena when she lived in Washington, D.C., including the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association. Stephanie also worked as a Legislative Assistant on Capitol Hill and a political fundraiser. She attended the University of Florida and the American University Washington College of Law.

Stephanie has a long history of volunteer service in Orlando through the Junior League of Greater Orlando (President 2009-2010) and the Florida Bar Association (Elected Member, Young Lawyers Board of Directors). She is also very active in the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics where she is a founding Board Member and Public Policy Chair. She also serves on the Board of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.  Locally, she is on the Board of the Primary Care Access Network and the Dental Care Access Foundation where she advocates for those in need of services.  She is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando.  She and her husband are the proud parents of three young sons.

October Forum Recap: Angie Winn on Stepping Out of Our Comfort Zone

What is a great disciple? And how do you become one? Great disciples share some key characteristics, each of which can be learned and applied in all areas of your life.

As J4 Leaders live and lead for Christ in the marketplace, it’s critical that they continually focus on their own discipleship.

This year we are exploring some of the key characteristics of discipleship and how it applies to our work life.

Each month encouragers will share their personal stories of how they have developed themselves, and what J4 Leaders should aspire to as disciples in the marketplace.

This month’s encourager, Angie Winn, Director of Leadership and organizational Development at Desire Street Ministries, explored how J4 Leaders Aspire To . .  .  Go Where It's Uncomfortable (Step Out of Their Comfort Zone).

For Angie, every step along her journey has required her to step out of her comfort zone.  As Angie put it, “I am a pilgrim on a journey, limping at times – cheering at others. But one things is certain, her every step was led by the Lord. And in the process, Angie learned how to let go of the things she felt were important to make room for the things that were important to the Lord.

Angie shared how she was called out of her comfort zone during her experience as a juror on a trial that found a young man from an impoverished neighborhood guilty of murder.

Angie mapped out her journey in 8 segments: Preparation, Sight, The Adventure, Equipping, The Desert, Discerning, The Path, and Perseverance. With each step the Lord called her deeper into dependence on him and further away from her own personal comforts.

In closing, Angie left us with the following key insight. If you don’t make the treacherous trek up the mountain, you’ll never see the majestic things God wants to do.

About Angie

Since her days of high-school, Angie Winn has had a passion to help people and organizations thrive. Over 17 years, Angie has been able to live out this passion in a corporate context through her work as Vice-President of Leadership & Organizational Development at CNL Financial Group, and at the Forum Corporation. Both of these companies have given her the opportunity to ensure the leadership and talent were equipped to perform at their highest potential through launching performance management systems, facilitating leadership coaching, training, and strategic planning sessions, and working with teams to improve their effectiveness.

During a 2005 experience as a juror on a case where a young man from an impoverished neighborhood in Orlando was convicted of murder, Angie’s life took a major turn.  A vision was planted in Angie’s heart to help transform struggling communities. A few months after this experience and as an aside to her corporate job, she managed a research project titled Seeking the Welfare of the City, for which she led a team of research students from Reformed Theological Seminary to conduct a needs analysis of Central Florida by identifying indicators of community health and distress, researching the neighborhoods against those indicators, and gathering best practices of community development. The research led to Angie co-founding the Polis Institute, whose purpose is to improve community health through Asset-Based Community Development training.  Polis launched a curriculum called Dignity Serves, which is now used nationally and focuses on serving with long-term impacts and employing asset-based approaches in communities.  She also joined the board of Leadership Foundations, which is a global non-profit working across cities to promote transformation on behalf of the vulnerable.

In October 2012, Angie left CNL to pursue her passion to develop leaders giving their lives to people living on the margins.  Angie joined Desire Street Ministries as the Director of Leadership and Organizational Development. Here, she walks alongside DSM’s partners by providing assessments, coaching, and overall programs to help DSM partners and their ministries thrive. She continues to consult through Winn Executive Development for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She facilitates strategic planning sessions, redesigns organizational structures, diagnoses and helps teams with their effectiveness, and coaches leaders. She facilitates a multitude of workshops, including Crucial Conversations, Emotional Intelligence, Managing for Performance, and the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team.

Angie holds a Master’s of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida. She is also a Master Certified Coach from the Behavioral Institute of New York, and certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Kolbe Assessment, and Emotional Competency Inventory assessment. Angie and her husband, Jeff, live in Windermere have two young boys and a rescue dog named Fenway. She and her family serve and worship at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Windermere, FL.

J4 Leaders Aspire to... Serve Where Called

November 3, 2015 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM (Registration begins at 5:30)

First Presbyterian Church of Orlando | 106 E. Church Street | Edington Ministry Center | 3rd Floor, Sterchi Conference Room | Parking Garage located at Jackson/Rosalind - Bring parking ticket for validation

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Stephanie Nelson Garris, J.D., Executive Director of Grace Medical Home

Stephanie has a lengthy career in civic activism and community service. Prior to working at Grace, she served as Executive Director for the American Cancer Society in Central Florida and held several positions in the federal legislative arena when she lived in Washington, D.C., including the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association. Stephanie also worked as a Legislative Assistant on Capitol Hill and a political fundraiser. She attended the University of Florida and the American University Washington College of Law.

Stephanie has a long history of volunteer service in Orlando through the Junior League of Greater Orlando (President 2009-2010) and the Florida Bar Association (Elected Member, Young Lawyers Board of Directors). She is also very active in the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics where she is a founding Board Member and Public Policy Chair. She also serves on the Board of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.  Locally, she is on the Board of the Primary Care Access Network and the Dental Care Access Foundation where she advocates for those in need of services.  She is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando.  She and her husband are the proud parents of three young sons.

J4 Leaders Aspire to... Go Where It's Uncomfortable (Step Out of Their Comfort Zone)

October 6, 2015 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM (Registration begins at 5:30)

First Presbyterian Church of Orlando | 106 E. Church Street | Edington Ministry Center | 3rd Floor, Sterchi Conference Room | Parking Garage located at Jackson/Rosalind - Bring parking ticket for validation

Angie Winn

Since her days of high-school, Angie Winn has had a passion to help people and organizations thrive. Over 17 years, Angie has been able to live out this passion in a corporate context through her work as Vice-President of Leadership & Organizational Development at CNL Financial Group, and at the Forum Corporation. Both of these companies have given her the opportunity to ensure the leadership and talent were equipped to perform at their highest potential through launching performance management systems, facilitating leadership coaching, training, and strategic planning sessions, and working with teams to improve their effectiveness.

During a 2005 experience as a juror on a case where a young man from an impoverished neighborhood in Orlando was convicted of murder, Angie’s life took a major turn.  A vision was planted in Angie’s heart to help transform struggling communities. A few months after this experience and as an aside to her corporate job, she managed a research project titled Seeking the Welfare of the City, for which she led a team of research students from Reformed Theological Seminary to conduct a needs analysis of Central Florida by identifying indicators of community health and distress, researching the neighborhoods against those indicators, and gathering best practices of community development. The research led to Angie co-founding the Polis Institute, whose purpose is to improve community health through Asset-Based Community Development training.  Polis launched a curriculum called Dignity Serves, which is now used nationally and focuses on serving with long-term impacts and employing asset-based approaches in communities.  She also joined the board of Leadership Foundations, which is a global non-profit working across cities to promote transformation on behalf of the vulnerable. 

In October 2012, Angie left CNL to pursue her passion to develop leaders giving their lives to people living on the margins.  Angie joined Desire Street Ministries as the Director of Leadership and Organizational Development. Here, she walks alongside DSM’s partners by providing assessments, coaching, and overall programs to help DSM partners and their ministries thrive. She continues to consult through Winn Executive Development for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She facilitates strategic planning sessions, redesigns organizational structures, diagnoses and helps teams with their effectiveness, and coaches leaders. She facilitates a multitude of workshops, including Crucial Conversations, Emotional Intelligence, Managing for Performance, and the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team. 

Angie holds a Master’s of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida. She is also a Master Certified Coach from the Behavioral Institute of New York, and certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Kolbe Assessment, and Emotional Competency Inventory assessment. Angie and her husband, Jeff, live in Windermere have two young boys and a rescue dog named Fenway. She and her family serve and worship at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Windermere, FL.



September Forum Recap - Leigh Ann Horton on Generosity

What is a great disciple? And how do you become one? Great disciples share some key characteristics, each of which can be learned and applied in all areas of your life. As J4 Leaders live and lead for Christ in the marketplace, it’s critical that they continually focus on their own discipleship. This year we are exploring some of the key characteristics of discipleship and how it applies to our work life.  

Each month encouragers will share their personal stories of how they have developed themselves, and what J4 Leaders should aspire to as disciples in the marketplace. This month’s encourager, Leigh Ann Horton, CEO for AIT Life Safety and Trinity Advisory Services, explored how J4 Leaders Aspire To… Be Generous With Their Time, Talent, & Treasure.

Is generosity learned or born?

At first you might be inclined to say generosity is learned. But just think about the people in your life for whom generosity is just their nature.

Perhaps it's both.

For Leigh Ann Horton, generosity was just part of her life.But after years of being satisfied with success and giving (what seemed good enough), God showed Leigh Ann what it meant to be truly generous. Through a trip to Africa and new challenges that came with buying a business, God taught Leigh Ann how to be a steward of what we think is our own.

Do you think your money is your own? Leigh Ann gave us a litmus test. She said, "If  you feel guilty about the money you have - you think it's yours. It isn't. You're a steward."

For Leigh Ann, it was giving that taught her how to rely on God in ways she never had. It was in giving that she came to know the truth: Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. - Luke 6:38

About Leigh Ann Horton:

Leigh Ann is the CEO for AIT Life Safety and Trinity Advisory Services.  She is also currently serving on the board and acting as treasurer for Summit Church and Grace Medical Home.  She is also active on the board of the Orlando Country Club, the Orlando Chamber of Commerce, Florida Fellowship Foundation and the Orlando National Christian Foundation.  She has served as Admissions Chair at the Country Club of Orlando for the past three years.  Leigh Ann has formally served on the Board of Directors of Second Harvest Food Bank, the Foundation for Foster Children and J4 Leaders.  She was also in Leadership Orlando Class 68 and Lifework Leadership 2003.  She was named an Up and Comer by the Orlando Business Journal in 2002 and named 40 under 40 in 2006.  She also received an Outstanding Young Alumnus award from University of Florida in 2006.  In 2015, AIT was named part of the inaugural class of Gator 100, the fastest growing Gator alumni companies. 

She began her career in New York with IBM as an accounting intern; later joining KPMG Peat Marwick in the Mutual Fund Tax Practice in New York and transferring to Orlando in 1996.  In 1998 Leigh Ann joined Hard Rock Cafe International as the international tax manager. In 2000 Leigh Ann became a partner at CFO Strategic Partners, offering a wealth of experience for small to mid-size companies. In September of 2009 Leigh Ann left CFO to buy AIT Life Safety with her husband. In 2015, Leigh Ann opened Trinity Advisory Services with her partner Sean Tobin.

Leigh Ann is a longtime resident of Winter Park and College Park and is an alumnus of the University of Florida where she got her Masters in Tax.  She is married to Vince and enjoys spending time with her children Anna Kate and Chase.

August Forum Recap - J4 Leaders Have an Attitude of Gratitude with Beth Rudloff

What is a great disciple? And how do you become one? Great disciples share some key characteristics, each of which can be learned and applied in all areas of your life. As J4 Leaders live and lead for Christ in the marketplace, it’s critical that they continually focus on their own discipleship. 

This year we are exploring some of the key characteristics of discipleship and how it applies to our work life. Each month encouragers will share their personal stories of how they have developed themselves, and what J4 Leaders should aspire to as disciples in the marketplace.

This month’s encourager, Beth Rudloff, Chief Operating Officer for UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, explored how J4 Leaders Aspire To . .  .  Have an Attitude of Gratitude. Specifically, we asked “how do stay full of gratitude even in the face of obstacles?” Beth shared the following keys to maintaining gratitude in the face of adversity. 

  1. Reach out to others for support. Don’t face adversity, or experience success, in isolation. You have to reach out to others. Make the time to connect with others and there you will find gratitude. 
  2. Reach out to help others. You can experience gratitude most when, in the midst of your adversity, you reach out to help someone else. 
  3. Remember to think positively about your future. Beth pointed out the power of our thoughts in staying grateful despite our circumstance. “How you think about what happens to you is important as you move to your future.” Choose the right kind of thoughts. Choose thoughts that will help move you in the right direction. 

Beth discovered that during her journey through cancer, all she had to do was show up because people came around and supported her in ways she never expected. For those people, and for that time, she has tremendous gratitude. Now, she truly understands what 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 means when it says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

About Beth

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Beth Rudloff was appointed Chief Operating Officer for UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health in February 2011. She is responsible for the patient experience and operational oversight of UF Health Cancer Center Orlando.Beth's responsibilities include the overall planning, development and functions of UF Health Cancer Center Orlando in order to inspire hope by providing extraordinary care.

Beth joined Orlando Health in 1989. Prior to becoming COO, she was the Chief Nursing Officer for ORMC. Beth also held various positions including Chief Quality Officer, Director of Care Management, and Executive Director of Healthchoice. Beth holds a Masters in Business Administration specializing in Health Care Administration from Northcentral University, and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree from Bowling Green State University. She is also a Certified Nurse Executive - Advanced. 

Beth is married and has two grown children. She lives in Casselberry, Florida.

J4 Leaders Aspire to.... have an attitude of gratitude.

Join us August 4, 2015 and discover why J4 Leaders Aspire to....have an attitude of gratitude with this month's encourager, Beth Rudloff. 

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BEth Rudloff

Beth Rudloff was appointed Chief Operating Officer for UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health in February 2011. She is responsible for the patient experience and operational oversight of UF Health Cancer Center Orlando.

Beth's responsibilities include the overall planning, development and functions of UF Health Cancer Center Orlando in order to inspire hope by providing extraordinary care.

Beth joined Orlando Health in 1989. Prior to becoming COO, she was the Chief Nursing Officer for ORMC. Beth also held various positions including Chief Quality Officer, Director of Care Management, and Executive Director of Healthchoice. Beth holds a Masters in Business Administration specializing in Health Care Administration from Northcentral University, and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree from Bowling Green State University. She is also a Certified Nurse Executive - Advanced. 

Beth is married and has two grown children. She lives in Casselberry, Florida. Join us on August 4th as our very own J4 Leaders Board member shares about how to live a life of gratitude!

FORUM DETAILS

First Presbyterian Church
Edington Ministry Center. 1st Floor, King Parlor
106 E. Church Street 
Orlando, Florida 32801  
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 
6:00 - 7:30 PM  
(Registration/networking begins at 5:30 pm)
 
Parking garage is located at the corner of Jackson/Rosalind Ave.
Bring parking ticket with you for validation.