Greg Jao serves InterVarsity as Senior Assistant to the President, focusing on executive office communications and external relations. Greg has more than two decades of experience with InterVarsity, working at InterVarsity Press as well as in the field. Prior to his ministry with InterVarsity, Greg worked as an employee benefits attorney in Chicago. Greg is a graduate of The University of Chicago (B.A. English, 1990) and The Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1994). ​

It was a great year for the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) blog, thanks to partnerships with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA campus staff  ministers, campus grad fellowships, and individual emerging scholars. 

Sherron Watkins is the former Vice President of Enron Corporation who alerted then-CEO Ken Lay in August 2001 to accounting irregularities within the company, warning him that Enron ‘might implode in a wave of accounting scandals.’  She has testified before Congressional Committees from the House and Senate investigating Enron’s demise.

In recognition of her outstanding demonstration of ethics in the workplace, Ms. Watkins has received numerous honors, including the Court TV Scales of Justice Award and its Everyday Hero’s Award, the Women Mean Business Award from the Business and Professional Women/USA Organization, and the 2003 Woman of the Year Award by Houston Baptist University.  Glamour Magazine named her one of its 2002 Women of the Year, and Barbara Walters included her as one of the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2002. In 2003, the National Academy of Management presented Ms. Watkins with its Distinguished Executive Award, and the Women’s Economic Round Table honored her with the Rolfe Award for Educating the Public about Business and Finance.

Ms. Watkins is co-author, along with prize-winning journalist, Mimi Swartz, of Power Failure, the Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron, published by Doubleday in March 2003. Currently Ms. Watkins is lecturing around the globe on the leadership lessons from Enron’s failure.  

Ms. Watkins joined Enron in late 1993, initially working for Andrew Fastow, managing Enron’s $1 billion-plus portfolio of energy related investments held in Enron’s various investment vehicles. She held the portfolio management position for just over three years, transferring at the start of 1997 to Enron’s international group focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions of energy assets around the world. In early 2000, Ms. Watkins transferred into Enron’s broadband unit where she worked on various projects until late June of 2001 when she went back to work for Mr. Fastow in his new area of responsibility over the mergers and acquisitions group of Enron Corp. Ms. Watkins resigned from Enron in November 2002.

Prior to joining Enron, Ms. Watkins worked for three years as the portfolio manager of MG Trade Finance Corp’s commodity-backed finance assets in New York City and for eight years in the auditing group of both the New York and Houston offices of Arthur Andersen.

Ms. Watkins is a Certified Public Accountant. She holds a Masters in Professional Accounting as well as a B.B.A. in accounting and business honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Watkins is married with one child and resides in Houston, Texas.

Mark was the youngest divisional president at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM); by 35, he was Corporate Vice President of ADM, an officer of the company, and the leading candidate to become the next company president. Mark got involved in illegal price fixing with other ADM executives, became an FBI informant for three years, pleaded guilty to tax evasion and fraud, and was sent to prison for almost nine years.

Just prior to Mark entering prison, a pharmaceutical executive--who was a member of a ministry called CBMC (Christian Business Mens Connection) named Ian Howes--reached out to Mark and mentored him using a Bible study called, Operation Timothy. During Mark’s initial few months of incarceration as he was being mentored by Ian Howes, Mark became a follower of Jesus Christ. Chuck Colson of Prison Fellowship Ministries also reached out to Mark while Mark was in prison and mentored Mark along with Ian Howes.

Mark and his wife Ginger reside in Florence, KY (near Cincinnati), and they have three adult children. Mark graduated with B.S. and M.S. degrees from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Mark is married to Ginger. Ginger Whitacre is the person who forced her husband to turn himself in to the FBI in 1992, which started the largest price fixing case in U.S. history at the time.

Steve Reinemund was the dean of business at Wake Forest University, and professor of leadership and strategy. He assumed his responsibilities on July 1, 2008. Steve retired as chairman of the board of PepsiCo, Inc. in May, 2007 and as CEO in October, 2006. He is a 23-year PepsiCo veteran who led the corporation as Chairman and Chief Executive from 2001 to 2006. During that period, PepsiCo's revenues increased by more than $9 billion, net income increased by 70%, earnings per share increased by 80%, its annual dividend doubled, and the company's market capitalization surpassed $100 billion.

In addition to the growth of the company, Steve's legacy includes a commitment to health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, and values-based leadership. Steve is currently a member of the board of directors of American Express, ExxonMobil, Walmart and Marriott. From 2005 to 2007, Steve was chairman of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. He served on the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army from 1990 to 1999, and he was chairman of this board from 1996 to 1999. Steve also served on the board of The National Council of La Raza from 1992 to 2001 and was chairman of its Corporate Board of Advisors from 1992 to 1996.

Steve served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Captain. He later earned his MBA from Darden Business School at the University of Virginia in 1978. He is married with four adult children and resides in Winston-Salem, NC.

Since August 2001, Jeff has served as Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific UniversityHe also has an appointment as Professor of Business Law and Ethics in the School. For the twenty years prior to his full-time association with SPU, Jeff practiced law in Seattle with an emphasis on finance and natural resources. During that time he supplemented his practice with service as adjunct faculty at SPU and studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. He writes and speaks frequently in both church and professional settings. Jeff is married to Margie, his wife of over thirty years. They have two adult sons, Andrew and Nate.

David Salyers has been vice president for marketing at Chick-fil-A, Inc. for 31 years. David has also served on the board of directors of ExecuTrain Corporation, a founding member and on the board of directors of Peachtree Partners, Inc., is a member of the American Marketing Association, and has served on many other boards.

David was selected by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games to serve as the Envoy to the New Zealand Olympic Team. This involved a two-year commitment to an extensive training program as well as a six-week, full-time commitment during the Games. Additionally, he has been very involved in the development of Eagle Ranch, Inc., a home for needy children in North Georgia. Serving on the board of directors since its inception, he served a term as chairman of the board. As a former member of First Baptist Church of Atlanta, he served a term on the executive committee. He is currently a member of Northpoint Community Church and served on the stewardship team and as an elder. He is also involved in many other community-based boards and ministries.

David attended Chamblee High School in Atlanta. While a senior in high school, he attended DeKalb College on joint enrollment. He then attended Wake Forest University, the Universidad de Madrid (Madrid, Spain), and graduated from the University of Georgia. As a senior, he was awarded the Thomas Arkle Clark Award from Alpha Tau Omega fraternity as the most outstanding graduating senior in the nation, the first ever from Georgia. He is an alumni of the Harvard Business School (AMP166).

David recently accomplished a personal goal of writing a book. He and co-author, Dr. Randy Ross, released Remarkable! in May of 2013.

In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his wife and children. They enjoy traveling and have traveled extensively both domestically and internationally. 

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Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons.  For over twenty years he has led a diverse congregation of young professionals that has grown to a weekly attendance of over 5,000.

He is also Chairman of Redeemer City to City, which starts new churches in New York and other global cities, and publishes books and resources for faith in an urban culture. In over ten years they have helped to launch over 250 churches in 48 cities. More recently, Dr. Keller’s books, including the New York Times bestselling The Reason for God and The Prodigal God, have sold over 1 million copies and been translated into 15 languages.

Christianity Today has said, “Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbors, Tim Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians.”

Dr. Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He previously served as the pastor of West Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Hopewell, Virginia, Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and Director of Mercy Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America.

Shundrawn A. Thomas serves as President of Northern Trust Asset Management, a trillion-dollar global investment management business, and a member of the management group of Northern Trust Corporation.  During his tenure at Northern Trust he has held several executive positions including Head of Exchange Traded Funds, President of Northern Trust Securities, Inc. and Head of Corporate Strategy. Prior to joining Northern Trust, he served as a vice president in the equities division for Goldman Sachs and held positions in sales, trading, and research in the fixed income division of Morgan Stanley.

Highly respected for his authentic servant-leadership style, Shundrawn has earned numerous industry accolades over the years. In 2007, he made the "40 Under 40" list by Crain's Chicago Business. Then, in 2011, Black Enterprise Magazine identified him as one of "75 Most Powerful Blacks Under 50 on Wall Street" and again in 2017 as among the "300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America." In 2020, Shundrawn was identified by Savoy Magazine as one of the "Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America." Shundrawn is a sought-after speaker and the author of four books, including his recent release, Discover Joy in Work: Transforming Your Vocation into Your Occupation. Shundrawn speaks and lectures nationally on subjects including vocation, leadership, values, strategy and faith.

Shundrawn is an engaged civic leader serving as a trustee for the Financial Accounting Foundation, Wheaton College, Rush University Medical Center and the Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago. He also serves as a board member of his local church. He holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Florida A&M University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Shundrawn is happily married, and he and his wife, Latania, have two sons. During his personal time, he enjoys reading, writing, running and traveling.

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