By Caroline Triscik and Janeen Uzzell

Walking with God in the Business World: An Interview with Janeen Uzzell

“What I’m committed to doing is surrendering [my ambitions] to God, every day, all the time. And making sure that the things that I’m chasing after are really the things that he is putting in front of me — so that I’m always chasing and running in step with him.” — Janeen Uzzell

We first met Janeen Uzell at Believers in Business, InterVarsity’s annual conference for MBA students, where she was a keynote speaker and served on the women’s lunch panel. With more than 20 years investment of corporate strategy, business development, and start–up experience, both in the US and abroad, Janeen offers her insight, wisdom, and personal perspective related to integrating vocation and faith in Jesus. In this episode, Janeen expresses how both her ambition and God’s call on her life have shaped her career path. She also shares several of the challenges she has faced as a woman of color in technology and how she senses Christ’s presence in the midst of her vocation.

You can listen on iTunes 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

Caroline has served with InterVarsity since 2002 as a campus staff member in northwest Indiana and most recently in central Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Purdue University in 2002 and is currently working toward a master’s in clinical mental health counseling at Messiah College. Caroline, her husband, John, and their three children live in “the sweetest place on earth,” otherwise known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she likes to read, discover new music, and attempt to train her uncontrollably exuberant Labrador retriever, Pax. Caroline is an associate with Women in the Academy and Professions.

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.

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