Dr. Michael Reading
Dr. Michael Reading -  Fayetteville, Arkansas
Dr. Michael Reading - Fayetteville, Arkansas

Hello everyone! My name is Mike. I have four kids: Ella (13-years old), Luca (10-years old), Milo (7-years old), and Olli (5-years old). I have lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas for the last four years.

Originally, I worked in full-time vocational ministry in Dallas, Texas, and Seattle, Washington. It was in Seattle where I was first introduced to BGU. I was intrigued by the social and cultural influence my parishioners possessed due to their roles in the marketplace and surrounding community. We began to ask how we could best steward this power and privilege on behalf of God’s kingdom and those God cared about most – the vulnerable. I began my education through BGU with a teaching certificate in Theology of Work. This led to obtaining a DTL (Doctor of Transformational Leadership) degree to focus on the leadership practices needed to transform the marketplace and society through business.

I moved to Northwest Arkansas soon after and was a director of faith and work non-profit leadership academy. Soon I felt led to do the work of marketplace transformation directly and joined Walmart as part of their Learning and Development team.

I recently decided to return to BGU to obtain an Executive MBA (EMBA) to focus on helping companies understand and utilize the competitive advantage that the neurodiverse offer. I chose this for two reasons. One, many neurominority adults are either unemployed or underemployed in the United States. Two, my 7-year old son is autistic and possesses skills and abilities any company would benefit from. However, current hiring practice, organizational understanding, and leadership methodologies are not set up to help companies realize his potential. I want him to have the same opportunity to exercise his God-given talents as my neuromajority kids have.

Through BGU’s EMBA program, I hope to create a process that accomplishes this goal and provides the opportunity to those who are autistic, ADD, ADHD, dyslexic, etc to have their uniqueness recognized and full potential realized.