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Michaela O’Donnell

Assistant Professor of Marketplace Leadership and Executive Director of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership

BA, Lee University
MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Courses Taught

SF506: Vocational Formation in Seminary

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Vocation, changing world of work, leadership, faith and work, practical theology, women in leadership, creativity and innovation, organizational change


Michaela O’Donnell joined Fuller’s faculty in 2021 as assistant professor of marketplace leadership. She is also the executive director of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership.

Dr. O’Donnell’s first book, Make Work Matter: Your Guide to Meaningful Work in a Changing World (2021), is a reflection of Michaela’s heart as both an entrepreneur and a practical theologian and a how-to for anyone walking the road of calling in a changing world.

She is the primary visionary and content creator behind De Pree Center’s blossoming Road Ahead program, a six-week experience, rooted in research, that’s designed to help folks in transition take a breath, discern next steps, and gain clarity about whatever it is God is calling them to do.

In addition to her academic work, O’Donnell has more than ten years of experience as a leader in the marketplace, principally as the owner and managing director of Long Winter Media, a vibrant creative agency that helps brands make a social impact through multimedia content. Long Winter Media’s roster of clients includes Google, YouTube, NBC Universal, University of Southern California, Presbyterian Church (USA), Fuller Seminary, and more. Notably, the Oprah Winfrey Network picked up a short film Long Winter produced for an episode of Oprah’s show Super Soul Sundays with author Glennon Doyle.

O’Donnell regularly writes and teaches on topics of vocation, change, innovation, creativity, faith and work, and gender dynamics.

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