Our History
Steven French
Lifework Leadership was birthed in 1992 when U.S. Senator William Armstrong (CO) convened Christian business leaders to cast a vision for a world, city by city, that could be transformed through leaders who had a clear calling and a biblical worldview. Armstrong challenged Ralph D. Veerman, of Veerman & Associates and Larry Kreider, President of The Gathering USA, Inc. to be founding partners and launch in their city of Orlando, Florida. Our model was refined in 2000 with the appointment of Steven French as President. French brought Lifework's staff, and its core nine-month program and curriculum to a level that enabled our model of leadership transformation to be transferable for leaders in other cities. From our inception, our mission and vision has been captured in a mantra - "transforming leaders, transforming cities".


Ralph Veerman & Larry Kreider
Founding Partners

By the fall of 2006, our Orlando alumni had grown into a leadership community of over 500 leaders and were shaping the culture of Orlando. Seeing Lifework's impact, leaders in the South Florida area invited us to launch a pilot program in their cities. The success of this pilot program led to numerous invitations for our expansion over the last several years. We are now a community of nearly 2,700 global organization leaders in Ashland, OH, Atlanta, Birmingham, Cleveland, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Pretoria and Tampa Bay.

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