Fernando Cabrera, Marlise Streitmatter, and Scott Turner. The audio of this panel discussion was recorded at the Ivy League Congress on Faith and Action. (1:31:41) To download this audio file in an mp3 format to listen to on your computer or portable audio player, please click the download button in the window below:
NYC Councilman Fernando Cabrera has served as the NYC Council Member representing the 14th district in the Bronx since January 2010. His leadership positions in the NYC Council include: Co-Chair of the NYC Council Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, Co-Chair of the Gun Violence Task Force, and Chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee. Councilman Cabrera also serves as the senior pastor of New Life Outreach International in the Kingsbridge area of the Bronx. He is the former program director for the Mental Health and Counseling program at Mercy College, where he also taught for 12 years. Fernando earned his BA in Religion from Southern California College, MA in Counseling from Liberty University, and Doctorate in Counseling from Argosy University. He is married to Elvia Cabrera, is a proud father of two children, and has two grandchildren.
Marlise Streitmatter has over twenty years of experience building leadership and organizational capacity at the highest levels of the federal government, and internationally. Most recently, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation, and previously worked at The World Bank and the U.S. Department of Defense. Presently, Ms. Streitmatter advises government and non-profit clients on leadership development, change management, strategic planning, and strategic communications. She has held leadership roles in political campaigns, including as Political Director for former Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL). She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield and serves on the Board of the C.S. Lewis Institute and the Steering Committee for WTS International’s Glass Ceiling Initiative. Ms. Streitmatter resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
Representative Scott Turner, a small businessman, national motivational speaker, and former NFL player, was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in November 2012. A fourth generation Texan, Scott attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a degree in speech communications. In 1995, he began his 9-year professional football career as a defensive back when he was drafted by the Washington Redskins. He went on to play for the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos. After retiring from the NFL, Scott returned to the Dallas area to pursue his business career. He is now the Director of Business Development and Corporate Chaplain at Systemware, Inc. Scott serves on several community boards including Presbyterian Hospital’s Presidents Leadership Council, Dallas Metropolitan YMCA Board of Directors, Prestonwood Christian Academy Board of Trustees, and GuideStone Financial Board of Directors. He is an active member of Prestonwood Baptist Church, where he serves as a Bible fellowship class leader and occasional guest pastor.
Moderator: Beth Chapman
Beth Chapman is a consultant specializing in leadership development, strategic planning, fundraising planning, and team facilitation primarily for nonprofits and academia. She is also serving as the Recruitment Director for the Trinity Forum Academy this year. Before starting her own consulting business, Beth served as the Director of Outreach & Advancement for the Trinity Forum, a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit and prior to that as a Director for the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University. In her volunteer time, Beth serves as the Co-Chair of the National Recruitment Team for Chi Omega Fraternity where she oversees the recruitment strategies for 179 collegiate chapters around the country. She is passionate about leadership development, spiritual development, and creating memorable experiences for groups and individuals. Originally from Paducah, KY, Beth loves living in Washington, D.C., and is active at Grace Presbyterian Church.
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