Sharon Daloz Parks is the author of Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Emerging Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith (10th anniversary revised edition, 2011). Her other publications include Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World (Harvard Business School Press, 2005), and she co-authored Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World, and Can Ethics Be Taught: Perspectives, Challenges, and Approaches at Harvard Business School. She is currently a senior fellow at the Whidbey Institute, where for ten years she served as associate director. Prior to moving to the northwest, for sixteen years she held faculty and senior research positions at Harvard University in the schools of divinity, business, and the Kennedy School of Government. Her work in higher education began as a residence hall director at the University of Redlands, then as associate in ministry to university students at the University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, and then as associate chaplain and instructor in religion at Whitworth College. She now teaches at Seattle University, speaks and consults nationally, and is principal leadership for the New Commons.
J. Cody Nielsen is the Executive Director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Minnesota, President of the National Campus Ministry Association, serves as an advisor for Ask Big Questions, an initiative of Hillel, and serves on the board of the North American Interfaith Network. From 2013-2014, Cody completed a twenty-five school research study concerning how public universities consider religious engagement on their campus.