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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Except for some years taken off to raise children, Karen has spent her adult life in and around InterVarsity — originally as a student and campus staff member in Michigan and currently in Atlanta. An entrepreneur at heart, she and some student leaders started the grad fellowship at Michigan State and the MBA fellowship at Georgia Tech. She loves to use her gifts of hospitality and teaching to create a welcome place for people to connect with God and with each other. Currently, serving as the Director of Women in the Academy and Professions, she is bringing together women in graduate school and beyond to encourage, support, and mentor one another to live fully into the call of God on their lives as they navigate the challenges of academia and the professional world. Karen lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband and mother while all three of her sons are studying in universities. She loves dark chocolate, good coffee, the Avett Brothers, and British TV.

What does it mean to be part of a global religion, and how can Christians make sense of the diverse missions, values, and politics of that belonging? How can we better understand following Jesus in a connected world?

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Josh Shiver
Graduate student in history, Auburn

The Emerging Scholars Network has been the main point of intersection between my faith and my scholarly pursuits. With the connections that I have made through the ESN and the vast amount of resources that the network has provided, I now feel far more confident about being a Christian in a largely pluralistic and postmodern profession. As a graduate student, I don't feel so alone anymore as I know that the ESN and Intervarsity are behind me. Furthermore, I absolutely cannot wait to become involved in a faculty group down the road as God calls me to be a light in a secular university. Note: Josh has written for the ESN Blog.

Thomas Grosh IV, Emerging Scholars Network’s Associate Director, shares some reflections inspired by Romans 12:1-21, Philippians 2:1-18, and Psalm 122:1-9 which challenge us to live as God created us to live.

Connecting students and faculty in this way opens many fruitful doors. Christian students now know of Christian faculty or, more precisely, faculty who engage in an academically rigorous life and yet still believe in God.

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