Phyllis served for almost nineteen years as the first President and CEO of Lead Like Jesus. Under her leadership, the organization grew exponentially, equipping and empowering tens of thousands of adults and students throughout the United States and around the world to lead as Jesus led. She is the co-author of Lead Like Jesus Revisited and its curriculum study guides along with Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges. The Lead Like Jesus Board of Directors has esteemed Phyllis with the title of President Emeritus as a lifetime honorary position. She is a leader among leaders and will continue as an ambassador for the message of Lead Like Jesus around the globe.
Phyllis is a sought-after speaker, regularly travelling across the U.S. and around the world to deliver hope-filled, love inspired, story laden, and deeply personal messages that pour straight from her heart. She has been featured as a keynote speaker for crowds of 5,000-plus – often simulcast to thousands more – sharing the stage with such well-known orators as Ken Blanchard, John Ortberg, Erwin McManus, Henry Cloud, Patrick Lencioni, Henry Blackaby and more.
Firmly believing “there are no unimportant conversations,” Phyllis also finds great joy communicating in more intimate settings, such as small groups, retreats and one-on-one encounters. Her heart is to lead individuals into a deeper relationship with Jesus and others, so their lives and the lives they influence will be transformed. She is a trusted advisor to help others move from where they are to where they could go through the transformative message and power of Jesus.
Phyllis resides in Washington, DC with her husband, Chris Halverson, and may be available for speaking engagements upon request. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren as often as possible, long walks on the beach and dark chocolate.
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