ClereEconomics Speaker Bios

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The ClereEconomics seminar uses the ClereStory methodology to shine a light on how your financial narratives influence your ability to live a life of purpose while making a positive impact on the lives of others.  ClereEconomics will enable you to confront your financial narratives and forge a new path with a customized plan of action.  During the seminar you will witness the success stories of people who moved from lives of scarcity to financial stability. You will also gain access to models of successful initiatives taking place across the country generating wealth and creating jobs.

Speaker Bios

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Derrick Braziel

Derrick Braziel is a young, creative entrepreneur who is committed to the idea that all it takes to change the world is, “a dollar and a dream.” He supports MORTAR by deepening relationships with various community stakeholders while providing opportunities for external partners to support local entrepreneurs and their ideas. Prior to this, he (with the help of many!) decided to found an Indianapolis non-profit named Dreamapolis which continues to support hundreds of Indianapolis entrepreneurs.

His work has led to recognition from the Indianapolis Star as “One to Watch” in 2012; he has been named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for Social Entrepreneurs; he’s a member of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s C-Change Class 11 as well as a BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) Fellow.

He is the proud of son of two first generation college graduates and he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Wittenberg University.

Derrick’s work has been featured on NBC Nightly News. He was also a Forbes Magazine 30 under 30.

Joseph Daniels

Joe Daniels

Dr. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr. is a husband, father, pastor, author, prophetic imaginer and leader of a Relevant, Enthusiastic, Authentic and Loving church movement. For the past three years, he did so in two roles: as the District Superintendent of the Greater Washington District of the Baltimore-Washington Conference (July 2013to June 2016) and as Lead Pastor at Emory United Methodist Church (since July 1992). The church is currently engaged in a $55 million, 99-unit affordable rental housing, commercial development and church renovation project that will provide hope to many individuals and families desperately needing an affordable place to live in a region that is arguably one of the top five most expensive in the country. Emory seeks to be a “Real Church for Real People” and has been acknowledged numerous times for its role in changing lives and changing communities. The church has been awarded the “Kim Jefferson Northeast Jurisdictional Award” for effective urban ministry representing the United Methodist Church.

Joe holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary (2000) in Washington, D.C. He is also a 1991 graduate of Howard University School of Divinity, and has earned a Bachelor and Master degrees in the areas of Public Communication, Psychology, Journalism and Public Affairs from American University (1982, 1984) in Washington, D.C. He is very active in community affairs, serving as a co-chair of the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) as well as with other organizations and agencies. He also teaches at Wesley Theological Seminary in both the Urban Ministry and Practice of Ministry and Mission programs. Joe has been called upon for mission service to churches in Zimbabwe and South Africa, providing training for pastors and laity in the area of congregational and community development. Instructing groups on how to establish strong neighborhoods, Joe’s commitment to a spirit of “peace on earth” is not confined to the Brightwood (D.C.) community, the city of Washington D.C. or the United States of America. He fully believes that there can be healthy, wholesome, economically stable families and communities all over the world. He has written three books: Begging for REAL Church (2009), The Power of REAL (2011) and Walking with Nehemiah (2014). He has been happily married to Madelyn since 1985; they are the proud parents of two young adults, Joia and Joey.


Rosa Lee Harden

Rosa Lee Harden is an Episcopal priest and has served at both the Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville and Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in San Francisco. However Rosa Lee’s work goes beyond traditional church categories. Prior to becoming a priest she was the publisher of the Mississippi Business Journal. She has built a career bridging two worlds, combining spirituality with business. She aspires to use the connections in both worlds to continue helping people make sense of their lives, their careers, their consumption, their investments, their activism and social justice work, and their souls.

Rosa Lee is also co-founder and Executive Producer of Social Capital Markets (SOCAP), a multi-platform organization dedicated to the flow of capital towards social good. SOCAP’s on-going event series connects innovators worldwide – investors, foundations, institutions, and social entrepreneurs – to build a market at the intersection of Money & Meaning. The most recent SOCAP event attracted 3,000+ change-makers from more than 65 countries to San Francisco.

Rosa Lee is a frequent speaker on the topic of ‘Money & Meaning’ and has spoken in venues across the spectrum of secular and faith-oriented events, including the Inhabit Conference at the Seattle School, the Dean’s Forum at Grace Cathedral, Stanford University, and, of course SOCAP. Most recently she was a participant on a forum at The Vatican on the topic of “Places for Hope in the Economy. The Vatican event was produced by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and included a private audience with Pope Francis.

Rosa Lee’s passion for music, movement and dance has also allowed her to be deeply involved with two organizations that use the arts to build the lives of young people globally. Two of her proudest accomplishments have been serving as president (currently, and during 1999-2002) of the world champion Blue Devils Performing Arts, and in 2015 attending and judging the finals of the Field Band Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Rosa Lee lives with her husband, Kevin Jones, in Asheville, North Carolina, where they are surrounded by a family of change-makers.

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Tim Soerens

Tim Soerens is an award winning author, speaker, and social entrepreneur. He is also the co-founding director of the Parish Collective, a growing network of over 2,000 faith communities who are focused on seeking human flourishing in particular neighborhoods while also working collaboratively across the city.

He also recently co-founded “Neighborhood Economics” a new venture that’s focused on accelerating the flow of capital to neighborhoods. He is also the producer of the Neighborhood Economics Conference, The Inhabit Conference, The New Parish Conference UK, and the Conspire Gathering. He is the  co-author of “The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship, and Community”

Tim earned a B.A. in Rhetorical Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Divinity from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He lives in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle with his wife Maria-Jose and their son Lukas.

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