Colleen sits down with John C. Maxwell to discuss the origins of Thrive Today and discover why John thinks women have a leading edge in today’s world.
John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 25 million books in fifty languages. In 2014 he was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association and the most influential leadership expert in the world.
Founder + Director
Colleen Rouse is a pastor, author, speaker, wife, mother, and grandmother. She is the co-founder of Victory Church in Norcross, Georgia. A certified coach, she is also the founder of Thrive Today!, a leadership community that empowers professional women to maximize their potential at work, at home, and in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Pastor Colleen is also the author of the Discussion Series, an in-depth study guide series for Thrive Today; she and her husband, Dennis, have a global reach with Leadership Roundtables. They reside in Atlanta, Georgia.
Our Core Team
Natalie Born is the Founder and Podcast Host of Innovation Meets Leadership and the Vice President of Innovation for Territory Global. Prior to Innovation Consulting, Natalie was the Senior Vice President of Business Development at a mar-tech firm. As an accomplished executive with two approved US patents under her belt and over 15 years of experience leading product development teams, she is consistently willing to share her expertise to ensure companies are designing their products and strategy with the customer at the center of the design.
Natalie is a keynote speaker, podcaster, and innovation facilitator. Natalie has worked with organizations such as CareerBuilder, First Data, IHG, and ADP, leading major initiatives in over 18 countries and building a background in acquisition, integration, and international product development.
Dr. Dawn Marie Kier
Dr. Dawn Marie Kier, affectionately known as the “heart doctor,” is the founder of New Dawn Consulting. Her personal mission is to develop leaders in love. Inside and outside of the business, she relentlessly pursues the identification and removal of root problems that keep leaders, teams, and organizations from achieving desired outcomes. Dr. Dawn brings an innate sense of wisdom and insight to each interaction. She focuses on both how individuals, teams, and organizations think (Head Work) and how they feel (Heart Work) so they can show up more authentically and do the Hard Work of the day to day. Among her many roles, Dr. Dawn is a best-selling author, Executive Coach, and licensed minister. Outside of work, Dr. Dawn is a native-born Californian, holds a doctorate in organizational leadership, and is the mother of two children. When she’s not working, she can be caught on the phone or honing her skills as a ‘wanna be’ salsa dancer.
Jennifer MacLean is a digital marketing strategist with deep expertise in social media, leading MarTech strategy and analytics consulting teams for the last nine years. A classically trained consumer specialist, her career also includes traditional brand management roles developing products and marketing programs for iconic American brands. Jennifer lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is passionate about sports, the arts, and interior design.
After a 25-year career at The Coca-Cola Company, Holly’s next chapter is focused on building the next generation of leaders in the marketplace. As the owner of Coffeehouse Coaching, Holly is sharing her business acumen, leadership skills and personal journey with those who are embarking on leadership roles within their companies. During her career at Coca-Cola, Holly led a team of employees with diverse skill sets and deep subject matter expertise focused on creating consumer-edge strategy and driving thoughtful productivity to drive the highest return on Coca-Cola North America’s marketing investments. Over a two-year period, Holly saved Coca-Cola North America over $100 million in their marketing investments. Holly is passionate about developing others and helping them be successful in their work. As a leader, she sets vision for the team, clarifies the ambiguous coaches from behind, and removes barriers for the team while keeping the team motivated and engaged. As a coach, she can teach you how to build a high performing team while making you a better leader, and as a consultant, she can help you solve the complex problems impeding your business’ growth.
For more than 20 years, Martha has held a variety of leadership roles and has successfully represented an array of technical product lines for Kodak, a global leader in the graphic arts / commercial printing industry. She credits her success to her business knowledge, her energy and enthusiasm for helping customers solve problems, and her ability to build relationships with her clients that engender confidence and trust. At the heart of her ability to succeed has been her Christian faith. Martha is committed to bringing Godly principles to the workplace. She strongly believes that for professional women this creates an environment where everyone may thrive.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:1
MISSION / VISION
Women in the marketplace
Knowing that many available sources for professional development do not stem from a biblical worldview, Colleen established Thrive Today to empower women in the marketplace to grow in both faith and influence. Her primary goal is to help women identify the authority of Scripture and connect it with their success in the marketplace — to serve as a voice of clarity, hope and encouragement.
Leading in the marketplace
A Co-Lead Pastor, communicator, health advocate and abolitionist, Colleen W. Rouse leads alongside her husband and Senior Pastor, Dennis Rouse, at Victory World Church in Norcross, GA, which they began in 1990. Today, it is known as one of the largest multicultural churches in America with more than 16,000 members from over 140 countries, with local and international outreach that impacts nations. Colleen speaks locally and around the world in places such as Israel, Nicaragua and Cuba on health and healing, spiritual gifts and women’s issues. With Thrive Today, she has expanded her sphere of impact with emphasis on marketplace women of today.