By Janeen Uzzell and Karen Hice Guzmán

Janeen Uzzell: Surrendered to Christ in My Calling

“I am doing my best to remain surrendered to the plan that God has for me.” — Janeen Uzell

Listen in on our interview with engineer and business leader Janeen Uzzell in this special edition podcast from our Dear Mentor LIVE series.

Our Dear Mentor column has been a popular place for readers to ask about issues and challenges they encounter. We recently hosted a three-part series entitled Dear Mentor — LIVE (MBA Edition) where we hosted live conversations with women leaders. Janeen Uzzell is a gifted leader who loves and follows Jesus. She’s been a popular speaker and panelist at the annual Believers in Business Conference and in the business track at Urbana. We are grateful for her perspective, wisdom, and guidance given in this conversation.

— Karen Hice Guzmán

You can listen on iTunesSpotify, or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

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About the Author

Global Technology Executive, People Developer, Transformational Leader, Storyteller, Engineer and self-proclaimed Global Citizen, Janeen Uzzell is on a mission to use her strengths, influence and voice to lead causal work that changes lives, communities and the world.

A seasoned leader, Janeen has more than 20 years of corporate, strategy, business development and start-up experience. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of The WIkiMedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that supports and hosts Wikipedia (the #5 website in the world), and several other Wikimedia free knowledge sites.

Beyond her professional achievements, she is a Board Member for the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute, an advisor for the National Believers in Business Collegiate Organization and a founding member of her former church. She has 11 nieces and nephews that she says help her stay grounded and not take herself too seriously.

Karen is the National Director of InterVarsity's Women in the Academy and Professions, and lives in Marietta, Georgia, with her husband and three boys. Except for some years taken off to raise her sons, she 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 welcoming place for people to connect with God and with each other. Although she rarely has time for it, you can find Karen at her sewing machine when ministry progress gets hard to measure and she needs to see tangible results from her efforts. She loves dark chocolate, good coffee, and British television.

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