The heart of Gateway Business Leaders is to make disciples of Jesus Christ that are called to the marketplace.  We accomplish this by offering training classes, seminars and tool days on relevant business and leadership topics.  These are led by subject matter experts to equip you, increase your faith and ability to hear God and to teach you how to apply Biblical principles to your business and life. 

As a member of Gateway Business Leaders, you can access these training opportunities and register to attend on the members "Training " tab on this website. This page is accessible after you have been accepted as a member of Gateway Business Leaders and have set up your sign on. Eligible candidates are invited to apply here.


We are excited to offer Equip classes again in September of 2018! You do not have to be a member of Gateway Business Leaders to attend our Equip Classes. We will update this page with further information closer to the date of the classes. Feel free to check this page for updates.

Below are the descriptions and videos of the classes that were just offered in January 2018:

Leadership: Leading with Excellence & Influence (Click here to watch the class)

Date: January 17, 2018

Teacher: Bob Rockwell, AdviSoar 

Bio: Bob Rockwell, co-owner of Advisoar, coaches and mentors Fortune 500 executives, has extensive international business development experience, including selling million+ dollar contracts and managing broad, multi-cultural global sales teams. He has led teams in Asia, Europe and Dharan, Saudi Arabia where he reestablished and grew Foxboro, now a part of Invensys, into a world leader in industrial automation products and services.

Class Description: Over the course of his 30-year career Bob Rockwell has earned a reputation as an exceptionally strong executive leader, known for his powerful blend of interpersonal, sales, strategy and leadership skills. He is particularly well regarded for his unique leadership in distressed businesses, and has led several successful corporate “turnarounds”.

He will unpack the mystery of leadership excellence and influence in business.  Who a leader is and what a leader does are the corner stones of leadership success.  Bob will discuss the 3 C’s of being a great leader, the critical success factors to grow your leadership mantle, and how to deal with character hiccups, yours and others.  Come hear about this topic from a Christian perspective.

How to Harness the Power of Effective Sales Communication

Date: January 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Southlake Campus, (Click here to watch the class)

Teacher: Brian Williams, Perspectivity Consulting

Bio: Brian Williams, owner of Perspectivity Consulting, has delivered countless company or sales presentations in more than 10 countries, was a Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking semi-finalist (Top 40 of 30,000 global contestants), and is a 20 year corporate veteran of Silicon Valley startups and Fortune 500 companies. In addition to his business background, he also carries experience as a Pastor and prison and homeless ministry leader. He is married and a father of four.

Class Description: Brian will help transform your communication using the science of how people buy and the psychology of how people learn.  He will provide professional  examples that show how effective communication creates powerful change in your business. Come hear about this topic from a Christian perspective.

Executive Career Panel

Date: January 31, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Southlake Campus, (Click here to watch the class)

Panelists: Diane S. Paddison, 4word; Paola Saibene, TXYSAI; Chelle O’Keefe, Associa

Bios: Diane S. Paddison

Diane has served on the Global Executive teams of two Fortune 500 companies, as COO of Trammell Crow Company and ProLogis, and most recently served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Cassidy Turley. She also has a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Diane founded a global organization serving professional Christian women, 4word.  Its mission is to connect, lead, and support professional women to reach their God-given potential.  Her book “Work, Love, Pray” was published by Zondervan, a division of Harper Collins. The book serves as a foundational resource for 4Word with eighteen Local Groups across the United States.  4Word’s mentoring program offers 1:1 feedback, personal, and professional development.

Diane currently serves as an Independent Director for Behringer Harvard’s Opportunity Fund II and The Stan Johnson Company. She also serves on the following four Boards: National Advisory Board for the Salvation Army; Oregon State University (“OSU”), College of Business,  Dean’s Circle of Excellence and is a Trustee for the OSU Foundation; and Harvard Business School Christian Fellowship Alumni Association. In addition to being an accomplished business executive she is a woman of faith, a devoted wife, mother, and friend. 

Paola Saibene

Paola Saibene is the CEO of TXYSAI, a business and technology consulting company.  She has 23 years of IT-practitioner experience, having held four C-level technology roles in multi-billion dollar organizations. As former Chief Technology Officer for the State of Hawaii, she has been at the leading edge integrating technology that results in improved efficiency, outcomes, and improved fiscal bottom lines.  Paola has an uncanny ability to visualize results, create a plan, develop a team, and steer a project from concept to completion. 

Paola understands that great organizations are a result of great leadership.  She is committed to developing those around her and currently serves as the President of Association of Information Technology Professionals.  She is married to her best friend and now makes Dallas her home.

Chelle O’Keefe

As executive vice president & chief human resources officer at Associa, Chelle is responsible for developing the company’s employee experience strategy which includes developing appropriate talent and succession plans, employee retention strategies including training and development, and impactful employee benefit offerings for 10,000 global team members.

Under her leadership, Associa is recognized as a “Best and Brightest” DFW employer certified as a Great Place to Work nationally. Chelle also has experience in the finance and healthcare industries, working for Fortune 500 organizations including Humana and GM. Her passion is to work with the business to simplify and translate strategy into the achievement of specific employee behaviors and results.

Chelle has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University. Outside of work, she spends time with her husband, a Dallas firefighter, and three daughters.

Class Description: We will be assembling a panel of Christian business leaders (corporate and owners) who have been in the business world and will offer perspective on doing business God’s way. 

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