National Study Finds Evangelical Nonprofits Lagging in Leadership Opportunities for Women, but Bright Spots Show Possibilities for Change
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The national conversation on women in leadership has been reignited lately. We think it's due, in part, to the important and varied research that's taken place across a variety of sectors in U.S. society. Even so, little has focused specifically on religious organizations. We want to change that.
We have completed two phases of a three part study that focuses entirely on institutional leadership among evangelical nonprofit organizations. Currently, we're conducting a third and final phase to identify best practices for the wider evangelical community.
Funded by the Imago Dei Foundation of Boston with an exemplary advisory board (listed below) co-led by Emily Nielsen Jones, Imago Dei Foundation, and D. Michael Lindsay, President of Gordon College, our research will contribute to the national discussion while representing an otherwise missing demographic.
Janel Curry, Provost, Gordon College
Amy Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Wheaton College
Dan Busby, President, ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability)
Deborah Dunsire, President and Chief Executive Officer of EnVivo Pharmaceuticals
Joyce Godwin, leadership roles with several nonprofits including Mission Aviation Fellowship, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, World Vision International, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Alec Hill, President and Chief Executive Officer, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, USA
Helen LaKelly Hunt, Co-founder, Women Moving Millions
Kay Coles James, Founder and President of the Gloucester Institute
Linda LeSourd Lader, President of the Renaissance Institute
Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church
Rich Stearns, President of World Vision US
Christy Vines, Executive Director, Center for Women, Faith & Leadership, the Institute for Global
Bonnie Pruett Wurzbacher, Chief Resource Development Officer for World Vision International