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11:45 AM11:45

The Building Blocks of Career Discernment Workshop

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How do we discern what work we are called to do right now? How do we hear God’s voice as we consider our next career move? With the empty promise of “finding a job you love and never working a day in your life,” how do we decide on our next step? We will dive into these questions at The Building Blocks of Career Discernment Workshop on April 30, offered at two different times.

  • Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

  • Times:

    • Lunch Session: 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (a light lunch will be provided)

    • Evening Session: 5:45 – 7:00 p.m. (appetizers will be provided)

  • Location: The Nashville Institute for Faith and Work Office (2535 8th Ave. South, Ste. 101, Nashville, TN 37204)

  • Cost: $10

Special guest, Dr. Chip Roper, president of the VOCA Center in New York, will lead the workshop where you will learn how to connect your gifts, strengths, and interests with the opportunities available in the real world.

The VOCA Center empowers clients to discover and follow their work-life calling.  Chip is a certified executive coach through Columbia University, and he also is a consultant, speaker, and writer. You will leave understanding the four building blocks of calling while developing your next steps towards greater vocational clarity.

Dr. Chip Roper

Dr. Chip Roper is the President and Principal Consultant of The VOCA Center.  VOCA makes work better for individuals and teams by transforming secular jobs into sacred callings.   Dr. Roper provides coaching and advisory services to executives, professionals, company teams, and the pastors who serve them.  In addition to coaching, Chip produces The Calling Workshop, a quarterly event in Midtown Manhattan, the annual Executive Summit, and facilitates a monthly peer mentoring experience entitled The Executive Circle.   He writes the column Marketplace Faith for

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Certified in Executive Coaching by Columbia University, Chip tackles the vocational challenge from 30 years of experience as a small businessman, a pastor, a career coach, and a business consultant.  Dr. Roper’s executive clients can be found in firms such as J.P.Morgan, BayCrest Capital, Google, Target Health, Previnex, Hangang Assets, the Ugandan Permanent Mission to the U.N., CNBC, and the New York Property Insurance Underwriters Association.

Chip and his wife of 30 years, Audrey have three daughters, the youngest of which is a freshman in college.  They live along the East River in the Long Island City neighborhood of New York City.

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5:30 PM17:30

Designing Your Life: Faith. Work. Rhythms.

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One thing we know about work is that most of us aspire to do work that is meaningful.  But the tense rhythms of planning for the future, prioritizing daily demands, and navigating the feeling of discontent in our roles can cause us to forget the reason we work – to partner with God in His unfolding story.  It’s time to evaluate your work and life through design thinking with DAVE EVANS, the instructor of Stanford University’s most popular class.

  • When: Thursday, March 28, 2019. 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.)

  • Where: Wellspire Center (907 Gleaves St, Nashville, TN 37203)

  • Food/Drink: Light dinner and beverages will be provided.

  • Schedule:

    • 5:00 – Doors open

    • 5:30 – Dinner/networking

    • 6:15 – Program begins

    • 8:30 – Program concludes

  • Cost:

    • Early bird - $69 | valid only through March 7, 2019

    • General admission - $89 | valid March 8 through March 28, 2019

      Tickets include admission, light dinner, and beverages. Limited tickets at a discounted rate available for nonprofits and full-time students. Please email Shauna for more information.

#1 New York Times Best Seller,  Co-Authored by Dave Evans

#1 New York Times Best Seller,
Co-Authored by Dave Evans

Register for “Designing Your Life: Faith. Work. Rhythms.” with Dave Evans, co-author of a #1 New York Times Best Seller and instructor of Stanford University’s most popular class.  Dave will teach you how to apply design thinking to strategically and practically evaluate the ways you spend your time.  Learn how to lean into the life God has for you and steward your gifts, abilities, and passions to enrich the common good.  Come learn from a leading expert in design thinking to live with intention and see the ways you can hone your career and live out your faith.  This seminar is for people in any industry and at any level. Whether you are an executive, a student, or an artist, this workshop will benefit you if you want to more fully integrate your life.

Dave Evans


Dave started his fourth career teaching “how to apply the innovation principles of design thinking to the wicked problem of designing your life” in the Stanford Design Program in 2007.  Prior to Stanford, Dave spent 15 years in several company leadership roles in Silicon Valley, including heading up the first mouse and laser printer projects at Apple and co-founding Electronic Arts.  In 1990, Dave became a freelance management consultant, primarily working with high-tech founders and start-up teams addressing the challenges of explosive growth and change.

Dave delivered the keynote on “God’s Design for Work” at Yale’s inaugural Believers in Business conference 2011 and taught on “Spiritual Innovation” at the 2014 national conference of Redeemer Church’s Center for Faith & Work in New York, where he also served as CFW’s first ever Entrepreneur-in-Residence in the Spring of 2016 and again in 2017.  Dave serves as a strategic advisor to Fuller Seminary on Vocation and Formation, to the Praxis Labs entrepreneur Fellowship program, and to the Veritas Forum where he facilitated the prototype Veritas Salon. Dave’s been contributing as a national thought leader on faith and work since the 80’s when he served as a dean, teacher, and mentor of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship’s Marketplace Ministry conferences.

Dave is the co-founder of the Life Design Lab of the Stanford Design Program, and co-author with Bill Burnett of the book Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life.  He holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and a graduate diploma in Contemplative Practice and Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Dave lives with his wife Claudia and their adorable dogs, Jack and Daisy, on the coast in Santa Cruz where they enjoy sailing the Monterey Bay on their sailboat the good ship Lolly-Pop.


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8:30 AM08:30

Making Decisions at Work: A Model for Spiritual Discernment


We all face decisions, big and small, in our day-to-day work. And according to research, half of managerial decisions made in business are “bad” ones. The push and pull of wise decision making can make the sacred-secular divide all the more evident. God is concerned with what decisions we make, but even more with how we make them. Are we allowing the Holy Spirit to lead our decision-making at work? How can we listen to the Spirit as we decide whether to invest in a company, hire or fire someone, choose a new supplier, or confront a dysfunctional relationship?


General Admission: $179

Professional Group Rate (5 or more): $159

Full-time Nonprofit Employee: $119

Age 25 and Under (Special Class Rate): $89

Workshop Details:

Date: Friday, March 1, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 4 PM (Lunch Break from 12pm - 1pm)

Location: The Engine Fueled by Ankura (2963 Sidco Dr., Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37204)

Food: Continental Breakfast and Coffee (A one hour lunch break will be provided for you
to grab lunch on your own.)

Josh Hayden, leadership consultant and professor, will share some practices you can implement tomorrow to apply a spiritual model into your daily and even hourly decisions. This workshop will draw from both Ignatian discernment practice and evidence-based strategies for making wise decisions. We will also be joined by special guests who will share their journey of faithful decision making, as well as how they guide others to make better decisions in their work. Special guests include Richard Perko, CEO of Lee Company, Morgan Wills, CEO of Siloam Health, and Gail Pitt, Founder and Spiritual Director of Dovehouse Ministries. Join us for an interactive, inspiring and applicable session on Friday, March 1st.

At the end of the day, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the characteristics of bad decision making, including the forces that keep you from wise decisions.

  • Assess your own assumptions and theology of discerning the will of God in everyday decisions.

  • Apply the Ignatian rules for discernment and spiritual practices for faithful decision making.

  • Adapt evidence-based tools and strategies to your own work context.

  • Practice guiding others through making a tough decision.

Josh Hayden has almost 20 years administrative and university teaching experience and is a leadership consultant awaiting his departure to work as an educator in Western Europe with Global Scholars. He is an alumni of the Gotham program, NIFW’s nine-month faith and work intensive.

Guest Speakers

Richard Perko, CEO of Lee Company

Richard Perko,
CEO of Lee Company

Richard Perko

Upon earning his degree in 1996, Mr. Perko was hired by Lee Company as a project engineer where he engineered, developed and sold mechanical and plumbing systems for healthcare, industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities. Working alongside Lee Company’s Construction teams, Mr. Perko became heavily involved in Construction Management and moved into Construction as a Project Manager where he was promoted to Vice President of Construction in 2001.

In 2004, Mr. Perko was given additional companywide responsibilities and was promoted to Executive Vice President. In 2009, Mr. Perko was promoted to President and is now responsible for all company sales, operations and strategic planning for its business units. His current focus is on broadening Lee Company breadth of services and offerings and completing the company’s transition from a traditional mechanical contractor and residential HVAC provider to a comprehensive Facilities Solutions and Home Services provider.

Gail Pitt, Founder, Spiritual Director of Dovehouse Ministries

Gail Pitt,
Founder, Spiritual Director of Dovehouse Ministries

Gail Pitt

Gail Worsham Pitt has been a follower of Jesus since 1972, and has a great desire to work with those who long to know Jesus and grow in relationship with Him. She has been a spiritual director since 2003 and a therapist in private practice over the last 27 years. She has a Masters in counseling from the University of Pennsylvania at Shippensburg and a Masters in Biblical Counseling from Colorado Christian University. She holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction from The Jesuit Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania. Gail works with individuals, small groups, and church staffs in spiritual direction, spiritual direction groups and directed silent retreats. She has led many people over the last 8 years through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life, and began a three year training program for those who are called to the ministry of Ignatian Spiritual Direction in 2015. She lives in Nashville, TN and is the mother of four adult children, one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law and has five grandsons and one granddaughter, and twin grandchildren due in October.

Morgan Wills, CEO of Siloam Health

Morgan Wills,
CEO of Siloam Health

Morgan Wills

Dr. Morgan Wills is the President & CEO of Siloam Health, a faith-based, nonprofit health center serving Nashville’s uninsured—especially the immigrant and refugee communities. A Nashville native, Dr. Wills earned his BA in history from Princeton University, his MD from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and an MA in Marketplace Theology from Regent College (Vancouver, B.C.). He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2000 and was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians 2006. An award-winning clinical faculty member at Vanderbilt, Dr. Wills is also graduate of Leadership Nashville and the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows program. Dr. Wills hones his cross-cultural skills at home with his Canadian wife Heather and their three teenage children.

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