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The girls brought it at the Leadership Summit

August 8, 2008

Dana and I have been attending the Leadership Summit (satellite site @ Granger Community Church) yesterday and today, and it has been really great.  I don’t have the illusion that I could add any commentary on the sessions that’s any better than what other better bloggers are saying, but I do want to say this:

While all the speakers have been great, I’ve found that the the two female speakers have brought it straighter and harder than the guys.  I’ve REALLY enjoyed the interviews with Wendy Kopp of Teach for America and Catherine Rohr of Prison Entrepreneurship Program.  Both of these women are INCREDIBLY intelligent, driven, and honest.  They both “gave up” what most would consider amazing careers to follow their passion for helping others.  They were also both open and honest about being females at the top of their organizations and the challenges and opposition they sometimes face because of their gender.  I really hope that both of their programs get a great boost from their involvment in the Leadership Summit.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 9, 2008 3:57 pm

    Well said. I was grateful Willow included these women on the “faculty” this year. Both were genuine, accessible, and driven. Very cool.

  2. September 15, 2008 10:38 am

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for sharing your story about Wendy Kopp’s presentation at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit. It was a fantastic conference overall, and we’re glad you found Wendy’s thoughts on the importance of service so valuable. We are so excited about continuing to grow our movement, and want leaders to join us. If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining the movement, please visit

    Ellie Campisano
    Recruitment Coordinator, Faith Community Relations Team

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