We are all leaders in our spheres, but rarely do we take time to step back, take a breath, and think through our leadership and its elements. This Leadership track will give you the chance not only to hear from key leaders, but to learn some integral philosophy behind effective NGO leadership.
Each track will include four 75-minute break-out sessions examining one facet of the subject.
Session 1: The Board and the CEO
Peter Greer, HOPE International
Peter Greer is President and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered microenterprise development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining HOPE, Peter worked internationally as a microfinance advisor in Cambodia and Zimbabwe, and served as managing director of Urwego Bank in Rwanda.
Peter is an award-winning author and speaker, and has a passion to see the Church engage in effective missions and economic development. He has written The Poor Will Be Glad (with Phil Smith, 2009), The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good (with Anna Haggard, 2013), Mission Drift (with Chris Horst, 2014 and selected as a 2015 Book Award Winner from Christianity Today), Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing (with Chris Horst, 2014), Watching Seeds Grow (with his son, Keith, 2014), The Giver and the Gift (with David Weekley, 2015), 40/40 Vision (with Greg Lafferty, 2015) Created to Flourish (with Phil Smith, 2016), and The Board and the CEO (with David Weekley, 2017).
Currently, Peter serves as the entrepreneur-in-residence at Messiah College and as a Praxis Venture Partner. More important than his occupation is his role as husband to Laurel and dad to Keith, Lilianna, and Myles.
Session 2: Women and Men Leading Together: A Biblical and Business Perspective
Beth Birmingham, Compassion International
Beth Birmingham is the Senior Director for Leadership and Staff Development at Compassion International. She’s responsible for leading a team in the strategic design of leadership development and staff development efforts for 4000 employees in 26 countries. Prior to joining Compassion, Dr. Birmingham served as an Associate Professor of Leadership and Change at Eastern University and Chair of the School of Leadership and Development. She was the creator and founding Director for the M.A. in Organizational Leadership program and the Academic Coordinator for the SLD Africa Programs. Prior to a two year teaching sabbatical in Cape Town, South Africa (2006-2008), she served as the founding Assistant Dean of SLD from 2000 – 2006, and Director of International Partnerships prior to that. Those partnerships included World Vision International, Habitat for Humanity International, Urban Promise International, International Justice Mission, Cornerstone Christian College, among others.
Dr. Birmingham has been involved with her local church through their Human Trafficking task force and has been part of the same group of “prayer sisters” for 19 years. She’s joyfully single raising two happy Bichons and enjoys running, biking, hiking, ballroom dancing, travel and photography. Her favorite bible verse the past few years has been 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a peculiar people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Mimi Haddad, CBE International
Dr. Mimi Haddad is president of CBE International. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Summa Cum Laude). She holds a PhD in historical theology from the University of Durham, England. Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University awarded Mimi an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity in 2013.
Haddad is an adjunct assistant professor of historical theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and Olivet University Zinzendorf School of Doctoral Studies. Mimi has taught for colleges and seminaries around the world. She currently serves as a gender consultant for World Vision International, World Relief, and Beyond Borders. She has appeared on podcasts with Fuller Theological Seminary's president, Mark Labberton; G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice; and Red Letter Christians. Mimi and her husband, Dale, live in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.