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Pathways to Purpose

The Pathways to Purpose Speaker Series brings dynamic alumni and other exemplary practitioners of leadership and service to campus to help expand student imagination about pursuing purposeful work and a meaningful life in response to the deepest challenges of our time.

Pathways to Purpose events offer a variety of touchpoints for students, faculty, and members of the Valparaiso community, including informal conversations around lunch or dinner, classroom visits, interview-format discussions, and formal presentations. We welcome a wide cross-section of attendees, believing that when we bring together students, professors and people engaged in these issues outside a university context, we generate the most momentum for engagement, learning, and change.

Playlist of Video From P2P 2018-19

Previous Pathways to Purpose speakers cover a wide range of disciplines and interests. Past guests include:
  • James Clarke, Director of Ghana Programs for Unite for Sight
  • Catherine Deamant, Director of Palliative Care Services for Cook County Hospital
  • Mike Del Ponte, Social Entrepreneur and Founder of SOMA Water
  • Anna DeLuna ’11, Director of Business Development for Edovo
  • Rebecca Deng, Author of What They Meant for Evil
  • Robert Egger, Founder of LA Kitchen
  • Derrick Feldmann, Lead Researcher and Creator of The Millennial Impact Project
  • Nicole M. Garcia, Counselor and Trans Activist
  • Jason Greer ’96, Employment and Diversity Consultant and Writer at The Good Men Project
  • Pamela Hack ’84, Foreign Service Officer & Chief, U.S. Consulate, General in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Rozella Haydee White, Public Theologian
  • Larry James, community organizer and Founder of CitySquare
  • David King, Director of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving
  • Kristin Kobes Du Mez, History Professor and Author of Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation
  • Matt Kramer, Co-CEO of Teach for America
  • Evan Narciss, Author of Rise of the Black Panther
  • Andy Nunemaker ’91, Philanthropist and CEO of Dynamis Software Corporation
  • Francis Su, Author of Mathematics for Human Flourishing
  • Jemar Tisby, President of the Witness: A Black Christian Collective
  • Jim Walker, Founder and Executive Director of the BigCar Collaborative
  • Taj Weekes, Grammy-Winning Reggae Artist and Humanitarian
  • Carolyn Woo, President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services
  • Aaron Yazzie, Engineer in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Andrew Whitehead, Co-Author of Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States
  • Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, Author of Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World
  • Lydia Dugdale, Author of The Lost Art of Dying: Reviving Forgotten Wisdom
  • Fr. Greg Boyle, Founder and Director of Homeboy Industries
  • Christine Emba, Columnist at the Washington Post and Author of Rethinking Sex: A Provocation
  • Anne Snyder, Editor-in-Chief of Comment magazine
  • Michael Lamb, Director of the Center for Leadership and Character at Wake Forrest University
  • Katelyn Beaty, Editor at Brazos Press and author of Celebrities for Jesus: How Personas, Platform, and Profits are Hurting the Church

If you have an interest in participating in a Pathways to Purpose event — as a speaker, attendee or co-host — please contact Rachel Macdonald at rachel.macdonald@valpo.edu.