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K-State Today

September 8, 2015



ECM hosts purpose innovator Linda Kay Klein

By David Wood

Ecumenical Campus Ministry continues its vocational lecture series with writer, speaker and spiritual strongwoman Linda Kay Klein. Klein will present "Writing the Story of You" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the K-State Alumni Center Ballroom.

Klein is currently working on a book about sex, gender and sexuality among women raised in the evangelical Christian church tentatively titled "Man-Made Girls," publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017. She sits on several boards and advisory boards at the intersection of social innovation and spiritual transformation, including the Forum for Theological Exploration, NYU’s Of Many Institute for Multifaith Understanding and Feminist.com's Our Inner Lives project.

Klein has judged a number of social entrepreneurship competitions including the Faith Entrepreneur Prize for the Forbes 30 Under 30 Competition, the AshokaU Changemaker Campus Competition, the Echoing Green Fellowship and the NYU Reynolds Fellowship.

But it's facilitating, giving talks and leading workshops in which individuals are encouraged to be radically authentic with themselves and one another that really make Klein come alive, and she has done just that for nearly 100 colleges, universities, nonprofits and conferences.

Until recently, Klein also was the founding director of Echoing Green's Work on Purpose program for which she led the development of a curriculum on how to find and follow your purpose that is now being used at nearly 200 colleges, universities and nonprofits. Previously, she supported some of the world’s most radical religious women at The Sister Fund, helped shepherd Women Moving Millions from a $181 million campaign to a world-changing constituency, and even spent a few years working at a library in the mountains of Montana. Today, Klein lives in New York City.