RESILIENT: Women, Work, and Calling 2020

Saturday, Oct. 24 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.



What does it look like to thrive in a season of uncertainty? How do you follow the path God has for you as a friend, colleague, leader, or mother when you’re pulled in more directions than you can count? When circumstances leave us tired and discouraged, what would it be like to feel…resilient?

Join us for Resilient: Women, Work, & Calling 2020. Hear from women who are leading with significance in a variety of roles, from the corporate world to politics, culture, and the home. Sharpen your vision for the ways God is using you in your own areas of influence. And learn what it takes to develop resilience as a beloved daughter of Christ.

Ways to Watch

Host a small group in-person or online. After you register, invite your friends to register, too (everyone needs a ticket.) 

Join a small group in-person or online. Let us know if we can match you with one of our virtual volunteer-led groups to process what you’re learning with other guests (group match-making is limited).

Watch on your own, use discussion times for personal reflection. 

Registration Includes

-Online access for Women, Work, & Calling on Saturday, October 24, from 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (MT); and
Three post-event webinars  exploring motherhood, entrepreneurship, and navigating a two-career marriage (details below).
– All event content will be available online through the end of 2020. If you can’t watch the entire event on Saturday, watch at your convenience.

In this stressful season, strengthen your soul with resilience. Register now for Women, Work, & Calling 2020.



Small Group Host Guide FAQs


Bethany  Jenkins

VP of Media, Veritas Forum

Bethany is vice president of media at the Veritas Forum, a movement that helps students and faculty at the world’s top universities explore life’s hardest questions through conversations that place historic Christian faith in dialogue with other beliefs. She has also worked in Congress, at the State Department, on Wall Street, and in Big Law. She received her BA from Baylor and JD from Columbia. Bethany helped edit the Faith & Work Bible, loves Sour Patch Kids, and belongs to the house of Ravenclaw.

Nancy Duarte

CEO, Duarte

Nancy Duarte is a communication expert who has been featured in Fortune, Time Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, and on CNN. Her firm, Duarte, Inc., is the global leader behind some of the most influential visual messages in business and culture and has worked with almost half of the world’s top 50 brands. As a persuasion expert, she cracked the code for effectively incorporating story patterns into business communications. Nancy’s TED talk, “The Secret Structure of Great Talks” has been viewed 2.5 million times. She’s written five best-selling books, including Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences and Data Story: Explain Data and Inspire Action through Story. Learn more about how Nancy integrates faith and business leadership in this episode of the Faith Driven Entrepreneur podcast.

Mindy  Caliguire

Founder, Soul Care / Director of Personal Growth, Gloo

Mindy is the co-founder and president of Soul Care, a spiritual formation ministry that exists to increase “soul health” in the Body of Christ. She serves in senior leadership at Gloo, a Boulder-based company transforming the personal growth process through technology, data science, and analytics. Mindy served as Director of Transformational Ministry for the Willow Creek Association and speaks and advises organizations including Spire, Stadia Church Planting, Salvation Army, and Compassion International. Her books include STIR: Spiritual Transformation in Relationships, Become Like Jesus, Discovering Soul Care, Spiritual Friendship, Soul Searching and Simplicity, as well as Write for Your Soul: The Whys and Hows of Journaling.

Grace Chiang Nicolette

VP of Programming and External Relations, Center for Effective Philanthropy

As head of the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s programming and external relations, Grace directs the organization’s partnerships, outreach efforts, communications, and innovative programming, including oversight of CEP’s biennial conference for foundation executives. Prior to this role, Grace was a manager on CEP’s Assessment team, where she led the marketing, creation, and presentation of CEP’s benchmarking assessments for individual foundations.  Prior to joining CEP, Grace co-founded a philanthropy advisory firm in Shanghai that identifies investments in high potential nonprofits and social enterprises in China. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011. She began her career working in finance in New York at Citigroup and then in Shanghai at a semiconductor manufacturing company.

Mary Beth Minnis

Documentary Filmmaker

Mary Beth is a filmmaker specializing in documentary and narrative-style films. The desire to share a friend’s story with a broader audience brought Mary Beth into the world of film production after serving as a national director with the campus ministry Cru. She strives to bring individual stories of redemption, hope, and truth to the world. Mary Beth executive produced JUMP SHOT ~ The Kenny Sailors Story which features Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Dirk Nowitzki and produced Imperdonabile/UNFORGIVABLE which tells the story of fallout from the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. UNFORGIVABLE had its international premiere in Florence, Italy, and its New York premiere at The Museum of Modern Art. The film was an official selection for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and the Buffalo International Film Festival, and won "Best Documentary Short Film" at the deadCenter Film Festival, the Hill Country Film Festival and Filmfestival Kitzbuehel. She currently serves as executive producer on Clarkston, the story of a Muslim refugee and a former Klansman whose only commonality is being the target of blame in a polarized America, with Katie Couric.

Heather Thompson Day

Associate Professor, Colorado Christian University

Heather is an interdenominational speaker and contributor for Religion News Service, Newsweek and the Barna Group. She is also an Associate Professor of Communication at Colorado Christian University. She is passionate about supporting women, and runs an online community called I’m That Wife which has over 100k followers. She is the author of 6 books; including It’s Not Your Turn (spring 2021), Confessions of a Christian Wife, and How to Feed the Mediavore.

Blythe Scott

Chief of Staff, Office of State Representative James Coleman

Blythe has a passion to help mobilize and equip the Church to join Him in the “renewal of all things,” to further redemption, and to advocate for the vulnerable through politics and policy. Over the years, this passion has become focused on the intersection of faith and politics. She currently runs State Representative James Coleman’s office as chief of staff and co-founded Denver City Forum, which helps Christians engage topics of politics, policy and culture in today’s world. She has also worked in refugee resettlement for Lutheran Family Services and educational reform with the faith-based non-profit, The Expectations Project (TEP).

Joanna Meyer

Director of Public Engagement

Joanna serves as Denver Institute’s Director of Public Engagement, hosts the Faith & Work Podcast, and oversees the Women & Vocation Initiative. 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.


KEYNOTE: Bethany Jenkins

Scripture envisions women as vital players in God’s story of redemption, but it can be difficult to translate that portrayal to modern life. We may struggle to make our voices heard, feel pulled between various roles, or see circumstances change, delaying our plans. Bethany Jenkins, vice president of media at Veritas Forum, will open our day exploring a biblical vision for women’s influence and sharing principles of resilient leadership

Led by Bethany Jenkins

WORKSHOP - With: Experiencing God through our Callings

“I am with you always…” Jesus’ final words to his disciples in Matthew 28 reminds us that God promises to be with us at every step on our vocational journey–a contrast to the loneliness many women experience in their daily work. What if you could experience Christ’s presence, strength, and grace at any moment, nourishing your heart and shaping the way you work? Mindy Caliguire, a seasoned corporate leader and nationally known expert in spiritual formation, will offer principles to help you experience life with Christ through your callings.

Led by Mindy Caliguire

PANEL DISCUSSION: Leading with Grit, Resilience, and Love

What do a political strategist, documentary filmmaker, academic, and nonprofit executive have in common? On the surface, not much, but dig deeper and you’ll find a shared vision of living for God and loving others through their callings. In this panel discussion, we’ll explore the challenges of leading as a woman in male-dominated industries, how faith informs the substance of their work, and how they’ve recovered from professional setbacks.

Led by Blythe Scott, Grace Chiang Nicolette, Heather Thompson Day& Mary Beth Minnis


Nancy Duarte believes that ideas are the most powerful tools people have. Her passion is to help every person learn to communicate their world-changing idea effectively. Her TED talk on storytelling has captured a global audience of more than 2.5 million viewers eager to learn from her expertise. But few viewers know that Nancy is a woman whose faith infuses every aspect of her life and leadership. We’ll explore how Nancy and her husband, Mark, weave Christian principles into a spiritually diverse organization, how they’ve survived economic downturns, and how she found her voice as a female leader.

Led by Nancy Duarte& Joanna Meyer

Weekly Webinars Following WWC!

After the main event, join us for weekly webinars where we’ll explore questions around motherhood, entrepreneurship, and navigating a two-career marriage. Registration for Women, Work, & Calling 2020 includes access to the main event on Oct. 24 and all three webinars; each webinar will be recorded and available for replay at a later date.


Brian Gray

VP of Formation & Director of the 5280 Fellowship

Brian is the COO here at DIFW and also leads our 5280 Fellowship program.  Prior to landing at DIFW, he served in pastoral ministry for thirteen years and at Denver Seminary for four years. His vocation includes moving ideas out into life through relationships and conversation – whether that applies to God, work, the Church, good beer, or Liverpool Football Club. He married way out of his league, and spends most of his free-time being parented by his two daughters.

Kelley Gray

Licensed Professional Counselor, Restoring the Soul

Kelley is a Licensed Professional Counselor with nearly 20 years of experience, a writer, and Enneagram expert. A self-proclaimed “growth nerd,” she is deeply passionate about therapy, growth, and laughing. She currently sees clients through Restoring the Soul, and is also a teacher, speaker, and group leader who cares deeply about transformation and maturation. Kelley specializes in trauma, attachment, EMDR, IFS, anxiety, depression, and couples therapy.

Jesse Marble

Chief Marketing Officer, Magneti

Jesse Marble is the Chief Marketing Officer of Magneti Marketing, a full service marketing agency based in Colorado Springs and Washington, D.C. Magneti believes in "a world where great stories have the opportunity to be heard." Jesse has helped develop marketing strategies for the American Red Cross, United Way, Charles Schwab and YoungLife.

Kate Marble

Labor & Delivery Nurse, Childbirth/Lactation Consultant

Kate serves as a nurse in labor and delivery as well as postpartum care. She trained at the University of Colorado Springs' Beth-El College of Nursing and is certified as a BSN, RNC, C-EFM, and CLC. When she's not working shifts at the hospital, she serves as a childbirth and lactation consultant, chases her four children, and navigates the challenges of a 2-career marriage with her husband Jesse.

Hilary Masell Oswald

Editor at Large, 5280 Magazine

As the former editor for two of 5280 Magazine’s ancillary publications, Hilary split her time between the vibrant design-and- architecture scene in the metro area for the quarterly 5280 Home and the always-changing field of health for the annual 5280 Health. In addition to contributing to 5280, she has written for national and regional publications including Consumer Reports Health, The Chicago Tribune, and Mountain Living. In 2012, Penguin Publishing released her full revision of Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives, which lauds the value of liberal arts education in the 21st century. Oswald holds a BA in English literature and composition, magna cum laude, from Davidson College and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School.

Donna  Harris

Builder and Backers

Donna is an internationally-known entrepreneur, who believes in the power of entrepreneurial thinking to drive culture change and collective flourishing. She is founder of Builders + Backers, co-founder and managing partner of 1776 Ventures, and was previously managing director of the Startup America Partnership. As a board member of both the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the National Center for Entrepreneurship, an advisor to the Economic Innovation Group, a distinguished fellow of the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at The Busch School, and an entrepreneur-in-residence at Georgetown University, Donna works to inspire entrepreneurs to create companies of impact and to become leaders in their communities.

Haley Robison Dake

Venture Partner, Praxis Labs / Former CEO, Kammok

Haley Robison Dake is a Praxis Venture Partner. She was previously the CEO at Kammok, an outdoor brand based in Austin, Texas, that designs performance gear to elevate time outside. Having previously worked at IDEO, Bain & Company, and Stanford University, Haley's most inspired at the intersection of design, business, and education. Haley holds a BA in Business and Finance from UT Austin and a joint MBA and MEd from Stanford University. She is a National Outdoor Leadership School graduate and worked as a field instructor in Wyoming, leading outdoor expeditions focused on personal leadership.

Meghan Marsden

Co-Founder, Veil Intimates

Meghan is a serial entrepreneur, who co-founded Veil Intimates, a startup apparel innovation company guiding major brands to new technology in women’s apparel, and logistics company Valor Victoria. She has extensive experience in management, business-to-business sales, operations, and M&A activities. Meghan specializes in new business development, contract negotiation, supply chain and process improvement, as well as, patent process management and innovation. At Veil Intimates, she leads the company’s strategic partnerships with brand partners and legal advisors.

Zaneta Kelsey

Founder, Transparent Solutions

For the last 20 years, Zaneta has worked at the intersection of business, technology, and customer experience. As a senior director at Arrow Electronics, she led marketing for the company's innovative IoT ("internet of things") technology. Now leading her own marketing consultancy, Zaneta brings industry expertise and marketing savvy to clients. Zaneta leads women's ministry at The Embassy Church and raises two teenage sons with husband Derreck.          

Jen Oshman

Author, Speaker, Podcaster

Jen traveled the world with husband Mark and four daughters serving with Cadence International as missionaries in Japan and Pioneers International as church planters in the Czech Republic. They currently work as church planters leading Redemption Parker, part of the Acts 29 Network. Jen has gained a national reputation for her gracious thought leadership and biblical response to current events. Her work has been published by Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Tim Challies, Risen Motherhood, and Gospel-Centered Discipleship.  Her first book, Enough About Me: Find Lasting Joy in the Age of Self was published in 2020 by Crossway.

Joanna Meyer

Director of Public Engagement

Joanna serves as Denver Institute’s Director of Public Engagement, hosts the Faith & Work Podcast, and oversees the Women & Vocation Initiative. 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.


WEBINAR: Navigating a 2-Career Marriage / Wednesday, Oct 28, 12-1:15 p.m.

Nearly half of marriages in the U.S. are composed of dual-career couples. While dual-career marriages allow both partners to pursue diverse callings, they bring unique pressures and trade-offs, especially during a pandemic. Negotiating whose career takes prominence at any given time, juggling schedules, and managing household responsibilities can test even the strongest marriage. How can couples navigate these pressures and regain the biblical vision of partnering as a “blessed alliance?” This honest conversation with 2-career couples will offer insight, encouragement, and practical tools to strengthen your partnership.

Led by Brian Gray, Kelley Gray, Jesse Marble, Kate Marble& Hilary Masell Oswald

WEBINAR: Thriving as an Entrepreneur / Thursday, Nov 5, 12 - 1:15 p.m.

Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. Between the challenges of funding a venture, marketing your idea, and managing a demanding schedule, the pressures can make any leader falter. In this panel discussion, experienced entrepreneurs will share professional and spiritual lessons learned along the way. Whether you’ve founded a successful venture, are hustling as a solopreneur, or dream of launching your own business, join us for an invigorating conversation about courage and resilience for faithful entrepreneurs.

Led by Donna Harris, Haley Robison Dake, Meghan Marsden& Joanna Meyer

WEBINAR: Resilient Motherhood / Thursday, November 12, 12-1:15 p.m.

What an intense season of parenting: between the pressure to supervise children's online education, keep up at work, and manage a household, it's no wonder moms are feeling frayed. When faced with the anxiety, ambiguity, and exhaustion of this season, how does the gospel offer the deep rest and resilience you need? Join veteran moms for an honest, practical conversation about the work of motherhood.

Led by Zaneta Kelsey, Jen Oshman& Joanna Meyer