It is important for students to understand that the idea of vocation is not exclusive to people pursuing work in ministry or the nonprofit sector. For that reason, we endeavor to bring in a roster of speakers who, each semester, demonstrate the depth and breadth of what leadership and service can look like beyond the walls of Valparaiso University.

Spring 2021

Including Tish Harrison Warren and Makoto Fujimura…

Fall 2020

Including Kristin Kobes Du Mez and Francis Su…

Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

Including Nichole Nordeman, Nate Marshall, Taj Weekes, Nicole Garcia, Jemar Tisby and more…

Spring 2018

Including Cristal Brisco, Sandra Alboum, Evva Kraikul and Kat Chow.

Fall 2017

Including Robert Egger, Beverly Schulz, Nate Larson and Rozella Haydèe White.

Spring 2017

Including Dr. Tim Clydesdale, Deb Fisher, Dr. Janice Phillips, Hannah Cartwright, Amy Sample Ward and Rev. Eugene Cho. If you missed one of these phenomenal talks (or were there and now want to share with someone else) check out the playlist below.


Fall 2016

Including Chuck Marohn, Jason Kunesh, Dr. Kurt Senske, Gwen Jimmere, Leymah Gbowee and Tezra Osthus. If you enjoyed one (or more!) of the speakers from this semester, we encourage you to keep the conversation going by checking out the reading list inspired by their talks.


Spring 2016

Including Stuart Diamond, Anna DeLuna, Jim Walker, Derrick Feldmann, Dr. James Clarke and Lowell Baier.


Other previous speakers 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