Lifework Orlando



We envision a generation of emerging business leaders throughout Orlando, who cross vocational, denominational, and racial lines to transform the minds and hearts of their companies, churches and communities. We are committed to equipping leaders because we believe that the quality of leadership in an organization makes the difference between success and failure. Our principles are based on a Christian worldview and are readily transferable for today's marketplace. They are principles that are "good for business" as well as personal development.

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Alan Schutz

Executive Director

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Suzi Shirley

Program Administrator


Lifework is a refreshing model of Christian leadership development that has the potential to promote both revival and reformation in our city.




Lifework Leadership was established for the purpose of providing leadership development with a Christian worldview, based on the life and leadership of Jesus Christ.  

Challenged in 1991 by the late US Senator from Colorado, Bill Armstrong, Ralph D. Veerman (Veerman & Associates) joined Larry Kreider (Past President of The Gathering/USA, Inc.) to found The Greater Orlando Leadership Foundation (GOLF). It was their desire to develop a new generation of leadership in the greater Orlando area that would live out the vision for transformed leaders to impact their homes, churches and the city. In 2000, they named Steven French President, to bring his years of experience developing leaders to the organization.

What had been happening in Central Florida caught the attention of leaders in cities around our nation and they asked for help to replicate the training for their cities. In the fall of 2006, Lifework Leadership was launched with affiliates in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa, West Palm Beach and in northern Ohio.  The new name was transferable and communicates the deeper meaning of the ideals behind the organization, as Lifework leaders are motivated by a lifelong calling to serve the common good.

Since 2008, Lifework Leadership Orlando operated under the governance of the Gathering Inc., to carry on the original vision and dream of 'seeking the welfare of the city' - helping our community to flourish by transforming and mobilizing a diverse network of Christian leaders, from an alumni base of over 600 graduates.

In the summer of 2017, Lifework Orlando was established as an independent, Florida registered 501c3 nonprofit organization, with its own Board of Directors.  Lifework will always be grateful to the Gathering for overseeing and nurturing Lifework Orlando for so many years.   In the summer of 2018, the Board of Directors will be hiring a full time Executive Director to help lead Lifework Orlando into the future.  


Our Board of Directors

Chirag Bhavsar, CNL Financial Group

Leigh Ann Horton, Advantage Integration Technology, Inc.

Tami Kaiser, Darden (Retired)

Larry Kreider, The Gathering

David Metcalf, Merging Traffic

Matt Rearden, Four Star Homes

Jon Thurman, Insurance Office of America

Ralph Veerman, Veerman & Associates

Dr. Falecia Williams, Valencia College




Our Corporate Sponsors