Saying YES! to Leadership

A Professional Development Workshop for Women

July 18-20, 2022

St. Louis (Eureka), Missouri

Are you quick to say YES! to volunteering and supporting others, but hesitate to lead? If so, you are not alone. Join your sisters in CIVA to embrace becoming servant leaders. This three-day, two-night professional development workshop will cultivate practical leadership skills such as ethical decision-making, building credibility, and managing social expectations. We will reflect on our God-given vocations, analyze our strengths, and build individual 90-day leadership action plans. The workshop offers a nourishing environment to encourage, inspire, and uphold our sisters who say YES! to leadership. We become catalysts for positive change in our communities when we step up and lead with courage, humility, and compassion.  

Registration is closed. Please contact the CIVA Office with questions or to receive additional information about the next Doing Good Well workshop.


Monday, July 18

  • Arrive in St. Louis by 1:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm: Tour of Intersect Arts Center
  • 3:30 – 4:15 pm: Travel to the retreat center
  • 4:15 – 5:00 pm: Check-in and Reception at MRCC
  • 5:30 pm – 6:45: Dinner and Welcome
  • 7:00 – 7:45 pm: Evening program and Worship
    • Prayer and music
    • Welcome
  • 7:45 pm: Intentional Small Group Conversation
  • 8:45 – 10:15 pm: Essential Image Reflections

Tuesday, July 19

  • 8:00 – 8:30 am: Walking meditation
  • 8:30 – 9:15 am: Breakfast
  • 9:30 -10:45 am: Morning Workshops
    • Becoming a Servant and Leader
    • Recognizing and Leading With Our Strengths
  • 10:45 – 11:15 am: Break
  • 11:15 am – 12:30 pm: Strengthfinders (To be completed prior to the event. Learn more.)
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch
  • 1:45 – 4:30 pm: Afternoon Workshops
    • Art making
    • Meaningful conversations
    • Reflection and rest
    • 1:1 Mentorship
  • 5:00 – 5:45 pm: Our Stories: Learning from Each Other panel discussion
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm: Dinner
  • 7:30 – 8:45 pm: Bonfire Vespers, Releasing Our Hurdles
  • 9:00 – 10:30 pm: Essential Image Reflection

Wednesday, July 20

  • 8:00 – 8:30 am: Walking meditation
  • 8:30 – 9:15 am: Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 11:30 am: Concluding Session: Next Steps
    • Call to Accountability
    • Hands-on action plan workshop
  • 12:00 pm: Goodbyes and depart

Following the conclusion of the workshop, Kingsbury Gallery director Nancy Hughes will lead an art tour of St. Louis.

  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Luncheon buffet at the Kingsbury Gallery at Grace and Peace Fellowship.
  • 1:30 pm: Tour the mosaics at the Cathedral Basilica St. Louis (short guided tour)
  • 2:30 pm: Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) (short guided tour)
  • 3:30 pm: Pulitzer Art  Foundation and grounds to see Richard Serra’s JOE.  
  • 4:30 pm: City Park sculpture park
  • 5:00 pm: Gather at Starbucks near the foot of the St. Louis Arch

For the hardy, Arch’s Museum of Westward Expansion is open until 8:00 pm. All sites are free. Good walking shoes are recommended.

Current CIVA members receive a discount on registration. Not a member? Join today!


Sarah Bernhardt is a St. Louis based artist, educator, and administrator exploring photography, video, installation, and social practice.  She received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, taught at the University of Missouri St. Louis, and  St. Louis University.  In 2013 Bernhardt founded Intersect Arts Center, an arts space focused on nurturing accessibility to the arts and relationship building across diverse communities.  Bernhardt continues to direct the space, developing exhibitions, education programs, maker spaces, artist studio spaces, and community events and projects.

Intersect Arts Center is a place of community with creativity at its core. Intersect provides arts education for youth and adults, exhibition and studio spaces for working artists, and maker spaces for the public.

Jen Duncan resides in south St. Louis County with her husband Joe, and 2 dogs. After raising their 3 children, she pursued a degree in Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Upon graduation, Jen began teaching within the Archdiocese of St. Louis and in 2009 moved to Bishop DuBourg High School.  As a math teacher and Campus Minister, Jen helped teens see God in their everyday activities and encouraged them to see the unique beauty and strength that lies within. Witnessing the spiritual growth her students experienced at the MRCC, Jen was drawn to her current position as the Director of Hospitality. Each day is a new opportunity to live the words from Hebrews 13:2, “Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels”. When not entertaining angels, Jen reads, hikes, and spends time golfing and trout fishing area streams with her husband and family.

Kim Garza is an educator, designer, and experimental filmmaker. She is an Associate Professor of Design and Director of User Experience Design at St. Edward’s University, where she facilitates an engaging learning community with her students. Kim loves to collaborate and launch new things into the world — curriculum, programs, apps, films, websites, and games. She holds a B.A. from Anderson University and a Master of Graphic Design (M.G.D.) from North Carolina State University. Kim has been an active CIVA member since 2001 and leader with Doing Good Well since 2012. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of CIVA’s Board of Directors.

Toni Kim is the director of spiritual care for the National Association of Evangelicals. For 17 years, she was a minister at historic Park Street Church in downtown Boston. She received her B.S. from Yale University and a master’s in Christian studies from Regent College in Vancouver. In 2021, she completed Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Public Leadership Credential, with distinction. She is licensed with the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference.

Toni currently lives in Charlottesville, VA, and is involved with educational equity. She serves on the boards of Regent College and Abundant Life, a local Christian Community Development non-profit. She and her husband Walter have two teenagers, a son who is a visual artist, and a daughter with Down syndrome who lives up to her middle name of Joy and loves making movies.

Michelle Arnold Paine is an artist who loves artists. Whether it was working for the Gordon-in-Orvieto program, teaching at area colleges, or coordinating Open Studios for her studio, she has always sought out opportunities to build relationships and serve artists. Now, as CIVA’s Community Ambassador, she coordinates the Heart to Heart program and fosters opportunities for artists to dialogue and develop relationships.

During the years she spent living and working in Italy for an American study abroad program, she was steeped in the Renaissance masters, the rhythms of the Catholic liturgy, and the intimacy and beauty of Italian life. After her return from Italy, she received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and went on to earn an MFA from the University of New Hampshire.  She lives in Ohio with her husband and two daughters.

Tamisha A. Tyler, MDiv (she/her) is a Theopoet, scholar, and artist currently living in Pasadena, CA. She is the co-founder of Kinship Commons, a company that platforms and resources worship cultivators of color, and provides curated, cutting edge worship services for organizations, churches, and institutions nationwide. Throughout her career, she has worked with several organizations and most recently served as Executive Director of ARC (Arts, Religion, and Culture). She is a Ph.D. candidate in Theology and Culture at Fuller Seminary. Her research interests include religion and the arts, Afrofuturism, and speculative fiction. Her most recent project focuses on establishing methodologies in the field of Theopoetics centered on the work of literary genius Octavia E. Butler. Tamisha enjoys experiencing and engaging in all art forms, enjoying good food with friends, and traveling to bookstores across the country.

Marianist Retreat and Conference Center

The retreat center offers full-service facilities, excellent food, and is surrounded by the beautiful Meramec River valley. Learn more about accessibility at the retreat center.