Brenda Freije has a passion for helping leaders thrive in their work by developing practices that enable them to work “well” personally and professionally. She is keenly interested in how leadership impacts our sense of purpose, meaning, and contribution, what are the practices that empower and equip professionals to be at their best, and how we can teach those practices to new generations of leaders.
Brenda has served for 25 years in leadership roles as a lawyer, nonprofit executive, pastor, and community builder. She began her career as a lawyer with Faegre Baker Daniels in Indianapolis where she practiced law for eleven years in the areas of insurance and human resources. She then took a break from the practice of law to study theology at Christian Theological Seminary, serving as a pastor in the United Methodist Church, and work with local nonprofit organizations.
After eight years of working in the community and consulting with the Lilly Endowment, she returned to CTS to serve on the executive leadership team where she wore a variety of hats, including VP of Networking and Recruiting, General Counsel, and VP of Student Operations. While back at CTS, Brenda completed a certification in yoga, spirituality, and wellness and became a certified leadership coach.
She now coaches and consults full-time. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Butler Center for Faith and Vocation, serves on the Board of Charitable Allies, and co-teaches a course in the Butler MBA program helping students discern how they want to make a difference in the world. She has also taught courses focused on well-being, social innovation, creativity, and design. In August, she will begin a part-time Ph.D. study focused on wellbeing in the urban context.
Outside of work, Brenda enjoys family time with her husband, Dick Freije, Jr. and five kids: two sons, two stepsons, and a daughter. She also enjoys worship leading, songwriting, playing tennis for fun, reading (anything she can find on leadership, wellness, and human development), great food, and practicing yoga as a spiritual and wellness discipline.