Rod Light | April 26, 2018

A recent trip to our nation’s capital was just one example of how LPC alum Marion Ingegneri stewards her voice of influence.

Most Americans never get the opportunity for direct conversation with key White House staff in Washington, D.C. They might not know what to say even if they got the chance.

MarionLife Pacific alum Marion Ingegneri recently participated in White House meetings with some of America’s most dynamic Christian women, each one a leader in her own right with something to share and prepared to speak up.

Part of a 75-member delegation of Christian women in leadership, Marion accepted the invitation from President Donald Trump’s staff to discuss faith initiatives and speak to the administration about specific perspectives, concerns, and insights.

“A common theme throughout the discussion was the importance of women stewarding our influence,” Marion says. “My life mission is to be a credible voice of female leadership and I appreciated this opportunity to network with other women leaders and with White House officials.”

The meetings included conversations with President Trump’s Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Justin Clark, Advisors to the President Kellieanne Conway and Ivanka Trump, the president’s faith advisor Rev. Paula White, and an unexpected visit from Vice President Mike Pence.Marion and Paula White

“A common theme throughout the discussion was the importance of women stewarding our influence,” Marion says. “My life mission is to be a credible voice of female leadership and I appreciated this opportunity to network with other women leaders and with White House officials.”

Marion graduated from Life Pacific in 2015 with a Masters Degree in Strategic Leadership (MASL). She credits the program with opening doors like this one in our nation’s capital and says the MASL adds credibility to her influence. Marion’s experience with Life Pacific’s MASL program instilled in her a “confidence and depth” to join the ranks of some of America’s most influential Christian women during these conversations.

“The distinctiveness of each leader created an intentional medley of voices from the field,” Marion says.

The group represented a diversity of leaders including Cissie Graham Lynch, granddaughter of Billy Graham, Joni Lamb, Founder of Daystar Television, and Michelle Mortenson, congressional candidate for the state of Nevada who Marion has spoken with and prayed with on multiple occasions prior to the meetings in Washington. 

“The distinctiveness of each leader created an intentional medley of voices from the field,” Marion says. 

Adding to that distinction, Marion was the only woman among the invited guests who currently serves as a lead pastor over a network of churches. She believes her role as vice chair of The Foursquare Church Board of Directors and her business experience as a real estate broker/owner also contributed to the invitation.

Marion and Mike PenceMost of all, Marion believes her life-work serving and promoting women in ministry leadership was the key factor and why she was included in the guest list. “The person in charge of the invitations knows first-hand of my work in both ministry and business,” Marion says.

Because she models, promotes, and sponsors women serving in ministry leadership, Marion’s voice of influence was of specific interest to this group of leaders.

“The person inviting me also knew about my master’s degree,” Marion adds. “She mentioned the importance of the degree in her presentation of my name for final approval to receive an invitation.” 

“You never know where God will lead you,” Marion says.

Prior to the meetings at the White House, the delegation gathered for a networking dinner at the Trump Hotel in the nation’s capital. Marion invited as her guest Rev. Kelly Tshibaka pastor at The Lighthouse Fellowship Foursquare Church in Alexandria, Va., an attorney who also serves as a government executive.

“My heart was warmed during dinner as I turned to see Kelly praying for a woman leader she had just met,” Marion says.

This is the kind of influence Marion believes every leader should possess. She encourages pastors, business leaders, and especially current LPC students to begin now to steward their influence.  

“You never know where God will lead you,” Marion says. “This was definitely a door that I never dreamed would open for me.”