Learning Cohort: Companies of Courage


Live a life worthy of the calling (vocation) you have received. (Eph. 4:1)

Leaders: Laura Gallagher and Steve Cook

The Companies of Courage Learning Cohort will gather four times this winter to learn from leaders and companies who have incorporated Christian faith into the purposes and practices of their business leadership. Organizations profiled will be diverse and, depending on scheduling, we hope to include “live” interviews with some of the featured leaders. Short readings and/or videos will be assigned in advance of each meeting to strengthen discussion.

Attendees seeking inspiration, new vision for their work, and a more integrated theological framework for business and relationships with all key stakeholders (e.g., customers, suppliers, employees, community, environment), will find meaningful content in this learning experience. They will also extend their network with other marketplace leaders.

Who is the Cohort for?

This cohort is for business leaders and those who work alongside and/or equip business leaders, such as non-profit or ministry leaders. Graduate students in business (and related disciplines) are also welcome, as are others interested in Christian leadership and/or a theology of business.

Frequency and Duration 

The Cohort will meet via Zoom for four consecutive Thursday mornings from 7:45-9:00 AM (February 18, 25, and March 4, 11, 2021).

Cohort Capacity

20 people

Cohort Leaders

Laura Gallagher is an entrepreneur, community leader, author, and president/founder of the Creative Company, a thriving downtown public relations and marketing communications agency. Laura is the 2019 SBA’s Women in Business Champion of the Year for her work as Wisconsin’s Ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. She is one of fewer than 100 women to be recognized by the State of Wisconsin as a Trailblazer.

Steve Cook is founder of the Workplace Chaplaincy Foundation, Inc., and executive director of operations for Marketplace Chaplains, overseeing the organization’s work in Central and Eastern Wisconsin. Steve’s primary motivations in life include developing people and teams, taking on big projects (e.g., restoring classic sail boats), and cultivating important ideas and commitments, such as the integration of faith, life, and work.

Supporting Upper House Staff

John Terrill, social entrepreneur and executive director of the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation (Upper House)

Jean Collins, ministry leader and director of administration for the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation (Upper House)


When: February 18, 2021

Time: 7:45 AM-9:00 AM