By Denise-Margaret Thompson and Ann Boyd

Denise-Margaret Thompson: Leading Black Scholars and Professionals

"How do you want us to speak peace and healing and reconciliation in this country at this moment?" — Dr. Denise-Margaret Thompson

Join us for a joyful and heartfelt conversation with Dr. Denise-Margaret Thompson, director of InterVarsity's Black Scholars and Professionals.

Let me invite you into a conversation with Denise-Margaret Thompson, the newly appointed director of InterVarsity’s Black Scholars and Professionals. Denise is a delightful conversation partner, full of colorful stories about her upbringing in the Caribbean, her extensive experience in academia, and her personal journey of raising a family while building career. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t easy, but she did it! We talk about the work of Black Scholars and Professionals and the way this ministry is shaping itself to respond to the challenges of today. But the thing I like most through this entire conversation is the joyful way Denise walks through life as well as the spiritual depth she brings to the most complex situations. I think you’ll really enjoy getting to know Denise. So have a listen! We're so glad you're here.


— Ann Boyd

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

Dr. Denise-Margaret Thompson is a professor and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in teaching, technology innovation and commercialization, program management, and research. She is Co-Founder and Executive Direct of the Caribbean Fine Cocoa Forum, Volunteer Coordinator of the Caribbean Fellowship of Evangelical Students Graduate and Faculty Ministries (CARIFES-GFM), and past Director of the Cipriani College of Labour and Co-Operative Studies. Dr. Thompson currently serves as the National Director of Black Scholars and Professionals, a ministry within InterVarsity/USA. 

Ann is the Women Scholars and Professionals Podcast host and the interim editor for The Well. She has worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since 1997, exploring her interests in community, spiritual formation, and writing. Ann has a BM in Music Education from Northwestern University and lives in Chicago, Illinois with one husband, two spunky teenage daughters, and three snuggly cats. You’ll often find Ann baking sweet treats in the kitchen while listening to a podcast or audiobook.

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