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LETU to Present Diane Paddison April 11 on Faith and Work Balance


LeTourneau University's Center for Faith and Work will host guest speaker Diane Paddison, 4word founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Cassidy Turley, during its chapel service at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave., in Longview.

Paddison, who wrote the book "Work, Love, Pray," founded 4word to connect, lead and support young professional Christian women ages 25 to 40 to reach their God-given potential.

She is a former chief operating officer of two Fortune 500 commercial real estate companies and achieved great career success over two decades in the real estate industry, one that is dominated by men. She earned her undergraduate degree from Oregon State University and her MBA from Harvard.

"It's a privilege for us to have Diane on campus," said LETU Executive Director of the Center for Faith and Work Dr. Bill Peel. "She is one of a growing number of business leaders who recognize that the workplace is harmed not helped when people leave their faith outside the door of their workplace. She provides a wonderful example for the young women who are LeTourneau students, but also has a message for all of our students as they continue to learn to integrate faith and work."

Paddison's expertise in strategic planning, recruitment of key leadership, leadership development and talent management are valuable assets in her ministry to young career women.

As the former chief operating officer of ProLogis, Paddison focused on organizational process and helped to bring together global teams in the areas of operations, technology, sustainability, marketing and customer account management.

As the president of client accounts for the global corporate services at CB Richard Ellis, Paddison was responsible for delivering services through 4,500-employees, in a client-centric account management delivery model. In this role, she integrated CBRE's service lines to provide a single point of contact for corporate clients, and led recruiting, mentoring, and succession planning efforts to develop a team dedicated to service improvement.

As chief operating officer for global services for Trammel Crow Company prior to its being acquired by CBRE in 2006, Paddison developed Trammel Crow's client strategy for global clients, maintaining key corporate and investor relationships. Paddison's real estate career began in 1987 as a leasing agent in Tulsa, Okla.

Today, Paddison serves on the national advisory board for The Salvation Army, the board of trustees of the Oregon State University Foundation, and is a board member of the Harvard Business School Christian Fellowship.

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