Waterstone Church Littleton, Colo.

Women, Work, and Calling 2019

Saturday, Nov. 09 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.

TICKET SALES END at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov 8

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.”  Psalm 84:5

As women, we long to embody our God-given potential, but that’s often easier said than done. Whether we struggle to set our direction, juggle multiple callings, or navigate the ever-changing world of work, our vocational path can be filled with obstacles we may not know how to overcome.

Yet God intends these obstacles to be the very things that deepen our relationship with Him.

What if work could be an opportunity for pilgrimage–a holy journey with God?

Join us at Women, Work & Calling 2019 to celebrate this journey by exploring its challenges, gaining tools to lead in your workplace or community, and connecting with women passionate about serving God and others through their work.

Keynote speaker Michaela O’Donnell Long, CEO of Long Winter Media and director of Fuller Seminary’s DuPree Center of Leadership, will lead us on this journey, beginning with the pain points we experience in our work and moving toward empathy, imagination, risk-taking, and resilience. 

Saturday, Nov. 9 |  8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Waterstone Community Church, 5890 S Alkire St Littleton, CO 80127

Childcare available from birth through pre-K.

Invite friends – group discounts available!

Get to know Michaela, keynote speaker at Women, Work, and Calling, on the latest episode of The Faith & Work Podcast!


Michaela O'Donnell Long

Long Winter Media / DePree Center - Fuller Seminary

Michaela O’Donnell Long is the senior director of the De Pree Center and an adjunct instructor of practical theology and leadership at Fuller Seminary. She holds an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Fuller Seminary. In addition to her academic work, Michaela is the owner and managing director of Long Winter Media, a vibrant creative agency that helps brands make social impact through multi-media content. Long Winter Media’s roster of clients includes Google, YouTube, NBC Universal, University of Southern California, Presbyterian Church (USA), Fuller Seminary, and many more. Notably, the Oprah Winfrey Network picked up a short film she produced for Oprah’s show, Super Soul Sundays. In her various roles, Michaela has coached many women and men in their leadership and entrepreneurial development. She is the mother of two preschool aged children.

Nancy Buschart

Soul Care Companions

Nancy is a spiritual director, an experienced teacher, and conference/retreat speaker. Committed to helping others grow in Christ Jesus, Nancy companions others in the faith journey through creative teaching, prayerful listening, and Spirit-guided discernment. She believes in the power of prayer to bring redemptive healing to our lives. Nancy received an M.A. from Denver Seminary in 2002 and served as a mentoring director/associated faculty at Denver Seminary from 2008–2016. In addition to her work as a mentoring director, Nancy has mentored many men and women individually and has a breadth of experience and understanding of the lives and challenges of professionals. Denver Seminary awarded Nancy the “Excellence in Mentoring Medallion” in 2004.

Jeanne Gaessler

Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church

Jeanne has spent the past 14 years shaping the lives of professional men and women at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, a large, multi-generational congregation in southeast Denver. Her passion for prayer fuels everything she does and will anchor the learning and community that forms throughout our day together. Known for her strong organizational leadership, Jeanne combines spiritual depth with professional excellence.

Shawn DeBerry Johnson

Office of Mayor Michael Hancock, City & County of Denver

Shawn has lived, worked and served in Colorado for over 25 years; preaching, teaching, learning and living the Gospel of Christ. Shawn has served and collaborated in social and political issues concerning the overall well being of our most vulnerable citizens for both the cities of Denver and Aurora. She serves as Mayor Michael Hancock’s Director of Community Affairs for the City & County of Denver. Shawn served as Diversity Councilwoman for Kaiser Permanente, as well as Community Leader and Facilitator for the Annual Especially Me Conference for African American girls. She serves on the Board of Directors for Tumaini Ministries, (an Orphanage in Kenya), while also serving on the board for the Commission on Homelessness (an appointed position by Mayor John Hickenlooper).

Alex Kuykendall

Open Door Sisterhood Podcast

Author and journalist Alexandra Kuykendall juggles life as a busy professional with raising four daughters and all the soccer practices, school reports, and carpool runs that entails. Her books Loving My Actual Neighbor: 7 Practices to Treasure the People Right in Front of You, Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing What's Right in Front of Me and The Artist's Daughter: A Memoir invite readers to embody God's call to invest in the people and places that form our daily lives. She also c0-hosts the Open Door Sisterhood podcast, a national conversation on faith, leadership, and motherhood. She has contributed to Good Morning America and Fox News.

Joanna Meyer

Director of Public Engagement Founder of Women, Work, & Calling

Joanna serves as Denver Institute’s Director of Public Engagement, hosts the Faith & Work Podcast, and founded Women, Work, & Calling, a national initiative that disciples women for godly influence in public life. Prior to coming to the Institute, Joanna worked in global telecom, nonprofit consulting, and campus ministry with Cru. She served as associate faculty at Denver Seminary and as a sewing instructor at Fancy Tiger Crafts. A third-generation Coloradan, Joanna appreciates both the state’s innovative culture and its cowboy roots. She has an MA in Social Entrepreneurship from Bakke Graduate University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She also completed a certificate of Women in Leadership through Cornell University. She is the author of Women, Work, & Calling: Step Into Your Place in God's World (IVP, Fall 2023) and is a contributor to the multi-author book, Women & Work: Bearing God’s Image and Joining in His Mission through our Work (B&H Publishing, Spring 2023).

Halee Gray Scott

Kaleo Project - Denver Seminary

Halee Gray Scott, PhD, is an author and independent social researcher who focuses on issues related to leadership and spiritual formation. She teaches seminary courses in spiritual formation, theology, and leadership in seminaries across the country. Her writing has appeared in Christianity Today, The Washington Post, Christian Education Journal, Real Clear Religion, Relevant, Books and Culture, Outcomes, and Intervarsity’s The Well. Her book, Dare Mighty Things: Mapping the Challenges of Leadership for Christian Women explores roadblocks that keep female leaders from fully exercising their influence. She also directs the Kaleo Project, Denver Seminary's arm of the Lilly Endowment's Young Adult Initiative.


General Admission

Includes coffee, snacks, and lunch.

Saturday November 9 8:30 a.m.

$45 USD/Ticket


Student Discount

Includes coffee, snacks, and lunch.

Saturday November 9 8:30 a.m.

$22.50 USD/Ticket


Half Table

Includes four tickets, coffee, snacks, and lunch.

Saturday November 9 8:30 a.m.

$160 USD/Ticket


Full Table

Includes eight tickets, coffee, snacks, and lunch.

Saturday November 9 8:30 a.m.

$320 USD/Ticket


Waterstone Women

For women who regularly attend Waterstone Community Church. $5 off!

Saturday November 9 8:30 a.m.

$40 USD/Ticket


Breakout Sessions

Dare Mighty, Messy Things: Navigating the Challenges of Women’s Leadership

Am I living up to my potential? If you’ve asked yourself this question, you’re not alone. For the past decade researcher Halee Gray Scott studied the lives of female leaders to determine what keeps them from flourishing as people of influence. In this breakout, we’ll consider her findings and answer key questions like: How do we trust God with the intensity of our desires, when life doesn’t develop as we planned? How does the myth that only 'exceptional' women can lead hurts all women? And, how can finding our worthiness in Christ form the foundation for authentic leadership in the messiness of our callings?

Led by Halee Gray Scott

Your Soul at Work: Prayer Practices to Support Your Callings

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s tough to make time for prayer. Social media notifications and expanding to-do lists make it hard to still our minds and connect with the Father. But what if prayer could become a more organic part of our days? What if we could learn new ways to pray that weave God’s timeless truths into our busy schedules? Using the words of the Lord’s prayer, spiritual directors Nancy Buschart and Jeanne Gaessler, will teach prayer practices that support and empower our callings.

Led by Nancy Buschart& Jeanne Gaessler

Called to Community: How Christian Women Can Shape a City

God calls you not only to professional or relational roles, he also calls you to your neighborhood or community. But what does it look like for Christian women to step into the role of community builders? How can the gospel heal what’s broken and amplify what’s beautiful in our neighborhoods and city? Shawn Johnson, Director of Community Affairs for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, will offer insight gained from her years as one of the metro area’s most influential community builders.

Led by Shawn DeBerry Johnson

Women & Work 101

Whether we lean in or opt out, win the bread, raise kids, or embrace the gig economy, women face tough choices when it comes to pursuing our callings. What does Scripture say to women about work, and how does culture often distort our understanding? How can women steward their personal and professional gifts in various roles or life stages? If you’ve never explored Denver Institute’s teaching on women, work, and calling, this breakout will encourage you to steward the various dimensions of your life more fully, biblically, and creatively.

Led by Joanna Meyer