Coffee Talk: Synergy is the Place to Be

Last weekend I was honored to attend the first Synergy Women’s Leadership Summit in Dallas, TX. The weekend was full of reconnecting with old friends, meeting new ones, and hanging with writing buddies (yeah, Gifted for Leadership and Redbud Writer’s Guild).

I’ve been connected to Synergy for several years (currently serving on the Board of Advisers) and remain passionate about the organization because of its core values of being kingdom minded, spiritually grounded, leader focused, community driven, authentically generous, and culturally progressive. The evangelical community needs Synergy and I trust that God has great things ahead! Women leaders need Synergy to continue as a safe place of education, encouragement, renewal, challenge, and hope.

At last weekend’s Summit, we were delighted to hear from:

All pictures are courtesy of Synergy Women's Network
Julie Pierce

Julie Pierce, Leadership Consultant and Founder of Empowered by Pierce, who spoke on the topic: Your Leadership Voice & Personal Purpose Statement. Connect: @julie_pierce

Dr. Halee Scott, professor, researcher, and author, who shared

Halee Scott
Halee Scott

research from her upcoming book, Dare Mighty Things, and spoke about Our Greater Purpose as Leaders. Connect: @hgscott

Margaret Yu
Margaret Yu

Margaret Yu, Personal and Leadership Coach and National Director of Leadership Development and Human Resources for the National EPIC Movement (ministry of Asian American students) of CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) gave insight on How Shared Leadership Accomplishes the Purposes of God. Connect: @CCCEPICMargaret

Gail Dudley, is the interim CEO/President of Synergy and she is also a

Gail Dudley
Gail Dudley

co-pastor, international speaker, and published author. She wrapped the summit sessions with the topic: Our Leadership Strength Because of Our Diversity. Connect: @GailDudley

In between the teaching sessions, there was time for prayer, personal reflection, table talk, sharing of hearts, celebration, and the discussion of practical tools we could take back to our ministry context. My personal note from 9/19/2013, “God, thank you for such a beautiful gift that is Synergy!”

I would be remiss if I did not mention international speaker and author, Carolyn Custis James, who birthed the dream of Synergy. Connect: @carolynezer

If you are thinking to yourself, “Wow, that’s special and I want to be a part of that.” It’s not too late. The second Synergy Summit will be held on October 17-19, 2013 in Orlando, FL with facilitators Gail Dudley, Dawn Lindholm, and Generva Vollrath. Head to Orlando to get some sun!

* All photos are courtesy of Synergy Women’s Network

Blessings, Natasha

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