Christopher Meade

Chris Meade
Associate Professor of Management,
Director of Global Initiatives

Phone: 503-915-7800
Email: cmeade@georgefox.edu
Office Location: Portland Center Campus
Office Hours: By appointment






Chris Meade has served in various leadership and faculty roles with the George Fox College of Business since 2006. He worked as a professor at the school’s satellite campus in Boise, Idaho, until the summer of 2012, when he transitioned to George Fox’s Portland Center location to serve as chair and director of the school’s MBA programs and as an assistant professor of management. He then served as dean of the College of Business in 2014-15. Chris now serves as associate professor of management and the director of global initiatives for the College of Business. He was the recipient of the George Fox Graduate Teacher of the Year award for 2011-12.

Chris brings nearly 30 years of entrepreneurship, business ownership and management experience to his position at George Fox. In addition to his work at the university, he is the founder, president and executive leadership coach for Leadership Alive, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps inspire, coach and resource leaders, teams and organizations. Chris is also a motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur and executive leadership coach. He speaks at numerous events on leadership throughout the United States and has published five books through the organization. Chris is also the founder of Grace Chapel, a Christ-centered, multicultural church located in Boise, Idaho, where he served for 18 years as the lead pastor. Chris is married to his wife, Mary. They have three adult children.

Connect with Chris on LinkedIn, Twitter and FaceBook.

Professor Meade Teaches

  • Transformational Leadership
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Ethical and Legal Responsibility
  • Organizational Systems and Change
  • Personal and Organizational Effectiveness
  • Senior Capstone: Personal and Professional Dynamics of Leadership

Research Interests

  • Leadership Training and Development 
  • High Performance Management and Strengths-Based Teams
  • Building Healthy Organizational Culture and Community
  • Integration of Faith and Vocation
  • Human Flourishing and Spiritual Formation

Community Service

  • Ordained Pastor
  • Provide pro-bono career and life coaching for students
  • Provide pro-bono leadership consulting to under-resourced leaders
  • Volunteer work through Leadership Alive, Inc.

Professional Presentations/Keynotes/Seminars Conducted for Industry

Created and presented approximately 1,000 presentations, seminars, workshops, lectures, keynotes, and/or sermons. Listed below are some of those presentations. More topics can be found at Leadership Alive.

Professional Presentations/Keynotes/Seminars Conducted for Industry  

  •  Meade, C. (2015). High-performing strengths-based work teams. Speaker and trainer for the United States Department of Treasury Management Team (OCC). Washington, DC.
  •  Meade, C. (2015). Start with talent; end with an organizational culture of strength and high performance.  Speaker and trainer for the Austin Heart Leadership and Management Team. Austin, TX.
  •  Meade, C. (2015). Upside down leadership in the 21st century. Keynote speaker for the Adjutant General's Leadership Day hosted by Maj. General Gary L. Sayler, Adjutant General, Base Commander of Gowen Field, Boise, ID.
  • Meade, C. (2015). High-performing strengths-based work teams. Speaker and trainer for SalesForce.com Leadership and Management Accounting Division. San Francisco, CA.
  • Meade, C. (2015). High-performing management and strengths-based work teams. Speaker and trainer for Nike Global Footwear Leadership team. Portland, OR.
  • Meade, C. (2015). Start with talent; end with strength.  Speaker and trainer for Walmart eCommerce I.T. Leadership team. Portland, OR.
  • Meade, C. (2015). Student Success: Leveraging talents and strengths to achieve exceptional life outcomes. Speaker and trainer for Lewis & Clark State College Leadership team. Lewiston, ID.
  • Meade, C. (2015). Start with talent; end with a culture of high performance.  Speaker and trainer for Microsoft Management Team. Seattle, WA.
  •  Meade, C. (2015). Strategic principles on how to run a successful business as an entrepreneur in the USA. Speaker and Lecturer at Guangdong University of Science and Technology, Dongguan, China.
  • Meade, C. (2015). Strategic principles on how to run a successful business as an entrepreneur in the USA. Speaker and Lecturer at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China.
  • Meade, C. (2015). Strategic principles on how to run a successful business as an entrepreneur in the USA. Speaker and Lecturer at Hainan University of Foreign Languages, Haikou, Hainan Island, China.
  • Meade, C. (2014). Four communication strategies of high performing teams and leaders. Speaker and Trainer for the Health Policy Fellowship, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Halley R., Janes, M., Meade, C., Seybert, N., Shelton, P. (2014). Social media influence on graduate student recruiting, enrollment, orientation and general on-boarding: A multi-perspective panel, Nashville , TN.
  •  Meade, C. (2014). Strategic principles on how to run a successful business as an entrepreneur in the USA. Speaker and Lecturer at Zhejian Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages, Shaowing, Zhejian, China.
  • Meade, C. (2014). Strategic principles on how to run a successful business in the USA. Speaker and Lecturer at Dalian Polytechnic University, Dalian, China.
  • Meade, C. (2014). Maximizing your strengths as a manager. Speaker and Trainer for new managers at the Seattle Veteran's Department, Seattle, WA.
  • Meade, C. (2014). Maximizing employee strengths as a high performing team.  Speaker and Trainer for the Department of Health and Human Services, Olympia, WA.
  • Meade, C. (2014). Maximizing your strengths as a manager. Speaker and Trainer for United Healthcare, Portland, OR.
  • Meade, C. (2014). Changing leadership practices in the emerging 21st century global world. Speaker and Lecturer at Dalian Nationalities University, Dalian, China.
  • Meade, C. (2014). Changing leadership practices in the emerging 21st century global world. Speaker and Lecturer at Dalian Ocean University, Dalian, China.
  • Meade, C. (2014). Changing leadership practices in the emerging 21st century global world. Speaker and Lecturer at Dalian Neusoft University of Information, Dalian, China.
  • Meade, C. (2014). Leveraging your strengths as a leader. Speaker and Trainer for the Children of the Nations international organization, Seattle, WA.
  • Meade, C. (2014). Building a high performance team. Speaker and Trainer for regional planned giving professionals at North Pacific Union, Bend, OR.
  • Meade, C. (2014). Maximizing employee strengths as a high performing team. Speaker and Trainer for the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, Portland, OR
  • Meade, C. (2014). Strategic Principles On How To Run A Successful Business In The USA. Speaker and Lecturer at Zhejian Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages, Shaowing, Zhejian, China.
  • Meade, C. (2014). Strategic Principles On How To Run A Successful Business In The USA. Speaker and Lecturer at Dalian Polytechnic University, Dalian, China.
  • Meade, C. (2014). Maximizing Your Strengths As A Manager. Speaker and Trainer for new managers at the Seattle Veteran's Department,
    Seattle, WA.
  • Meade, C. (2014). Leveraging Your Strengths As A Leader.  Speaker and Trainer for the Children of the Nations international organization,
    Seattle, WA.
  • Meade, C. (2014). Building a High Performance Team. Speaker and Trainer for regional planned giving professionals at North Pacific Union,
    Bend, OR.
  • Meade, C. (2014). Changing Leadership Practices in the Emerging 21st Century Global World. Speaker and Lecturer at Dalian Neusoft University of Information, Dalian Ocean University, and Dalian Nationalities University, Dalian, China.
  • Meade, C. (2013). Becoming fully alive: Accelerate - Increasing your capacity and gaining peak performance. Guest presenter at the annual Oregon universities HR conference, Newberg, OR.
  • Meade, C. (2013). Effective communication techniques for high performing teams and leaders using disc. Trainer and facilitator for the Health Policy Fellowship, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Portland OR.
  • Meade, C. (2013). A new ethic for a new world: Example, tolerance, hope, integrity, character. Keynote speaker at the Idaho City Clerks, Treasurers & Finance Officers Institute Conference (ICCTFOI), Boise, ID.
  • Meade, C. (2013). Developing trusted servant leaders: A new kind of leader for a new kind of world. Keynote speaker at the Idaho City Clerks, Treasurers & Finance Officers Institute Conference (ICCTFOI), Boise, ID.
  • Meade, C. (2013). Upside down leadership in the 21st century. Keynote speaker at the Cole Valley leadership camp, Boise, ID.
  • Meade, C. (2013). Financially alive: Wealth creation. social responsibility. biblical values. Keynote Speaker at the TVWC, Boise, ID.
  • Meade, C. (2013). Financially alive: Wealth creation. social responsibility. biblical values. Keynote speaker at the Genesis World Mission, Boise, ID.
  • Meade, C. (2013). Leadership alive: Changing leadership practices in the emerging 21st century culture. Speaker at the George Fox University Student Leadership Training Program, Newberg, OR.
  • Meade, C. (2013). Financially alive: Wealth creation. social responsibility. biblical values. Keynote speaker at Grace Chapel, Boise, ID.
  • Meade, C. (2013). Building a high performing team through disc awareness. Speaker and trainer for BodyBuilding.com HR Department, Boise, ID.
  • Meade, C. (2013) Strategic visioning, organizational effectiveness, and business development. Consultant and trainer for Gresham Cosmetic Laser Center, Portland, OR.
  • Meade, C. (2012). Financially alive: Wealth creation. social responsibility. biblical values. Keynote speaker at Life Center North, Spokane, WA.
  • Meade, C. (2012). Financially alive: Wealth creation. social responsibility. biblical values. Keynote speaker at George Fox University Speaker Series, Portland, OR.
  • Meade, C. (2012). Financially alive: Wealth creation. social responsibility. biblical values. Keynote speaker at George Fox University Speaker Series, Boise, ID.
  • Meade, C. (2012). Self-leadership: Endurance, selflessness, discipline, & courage. Keynote speaker at the Cole Valley Leadership camp, Cascade, ID.
  • Meade, C. (2012). Loving leadership: Being ambitious for the success of others. Speaker/trainer at Meridian Police Department Officer Leadership Training, Boise, ID.
  • Meade, C. (2012). A new ethic for a new world: Example, tolerance, hope, integrity, character. Keynote speaker at George Fox University Commencement ceremonies, Boise, ID.
  • Meade, C. (2012). Leadership alive: Changing leadership practices in the emerging 21st century culture. Keynote speaker at Vineyard CC, Virginia Beach, VA. 
  • Meade, C. (2012). Becoming fully alive: Increasing your capacity and gaining peak performance. Keynote speaker at a two-day conference, Denver, CO.
  • Meade, C. (2012). Becoming trusted servant leaders. Keynote speaker in Tucson, AZ.
  • Meade, C. (2012). Becoming trusted servant leaders. Keynote speaker in Boise, ID.

Certifications, Professional Affiliations 

  • Gallup-Certified StrengthsFinder Coach
  • Strategic Visioning Trainer/Facilitator, Grove Consultants
  • Team Performance Trainer/Facilitator, Grove Consultants
  • DiSC Profile Trainer/Facilitator
  • Authorized Partner with Everything DiSC (Wiley)
  • Blended Learning Course Designer
  • Willow Creek Leadership Association
  • Foursquare Churches International
  • Christian Business Faculty Association
  • ACBSP Accreditation Mentor Evaluator 
  • Title IX Coordinator Regional Training
  • Academic Leadership Academy (Penn State)

Music CDs Written, Recorded and Published

  • Stronger Than Life – WorshipAlive.com
    Composed, recorded, produced, and distributed an original worship album - Christopher & Mary Meade Music.
  • Packin’ Up My Sorrows – WorshipAlive.com
    Composed, recorded, produced, and distributed an original worship album - Christopher & Mary Meade Music.
  • Tell The People – WorshipAlive.com
    Composed, recorded, produced, and distributed an original worship album - Christopher & Mary Meade Music.

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