About the Course

As recent headlines remind us, men and women often struggle to work together. Whether it’s integrating diverse work styles, navigating sexual tension in the office, or creating equitable opportunities for career advancement, we’re still trying to find better ways to build workplaces where both men and women thrive.

Should we even care about gender at work? How can the gospel guide the way we relate to each other? How can thinking theologically about the relationship between men and women contribute to healthy organizational cultures? Join Dr. Denise Daniels, Professor of Management and Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Seattle Pacific University, to explore these tensions and identify strategies to maximize the potential of every employee.

What You'll Learn

  • Why is it important to understand gender dynamics in the workplace?
  • How can the Bible’s view of men and women help us create healthier work cultures?

  • What professional challenges are unique to women?

  • How do our unconscious biases and organizational policies inadvertently disadvantage women?  

  • What can individuals, organizations, and churches do to shape professional environments where men and women can work together well?

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1: Uncovering Biases

    • A Thought Experiment

    • Men, Women, and Work Culture

    • What's at Stake?

  • 2

    Chapter 2: Called to Work Together

    • Bearing the Image Together

    • Underrepresentation of Women

    • The Persistent Disparity

  • 3

    Chapter 3: Challenges Women Face

    • Unconscious Discrimination

    • The Double Bind

    • Family Demands

    • Equal Value for Work

    • Harassment Issues at Work

    • Work after #MeToo

  • 4

    Chapter 4: What Can We Do?

    • Life in the Messy Middle

    • What Can Individuals Do?

    • What Can Organizations Do?

    • What Can Churches Do?

    • Not Good to be Alone

About the Instructor

Hudson T. Harrison Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship, Wheaton College

Denise Daniels

Denise Daniels is an accomplished scholar and professor currently serving as the Hudson T. Harrison Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Business and Economics at Wheaton College. Her research has focused on the role of faith and ethics in the workplace, organizational behavior, and the theology of work. Her writing has been featured in several prominent, peer-reviewed publications, including Journal of Markets and Morality, Christian Business Review, Journal of Religion and Business Ethics, among others. In addition, Denise is the recipient of a multi-million dollar grant from the Lilly Foundation to study faith and the workplace and published Working in the Presence of God: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Work with Sharon Vandewarker in 2019.