We are all spiritual beings wherever we go, including at work, school or down the street. I'm an interfaith minister, strategic business consultant and mediator who is uniquely positioned to help entrepreneurs, human resource professionals and corporations to integrate spirituality into their organizations. Here's why.
Rev. Ronnie Roll
The More Interesting Story.
Prior to 1999, I had an illustrious career in sales and marketing. I was very good at it, and the statistics showed it. I joke that I've sold everything from air to zoology supplies, but it's not a joke. I really have.
I trademarked my techniques, wrote a book about them and started a sales training company, where I taught them around the country. Within 6 months of starting the sales training company, I had built it up well enough to quit my full-time job in sales and do training and public speaking instead. As a public speaker I was known as "The Respect Lady" because my trademarked sales training techniques were called "RespectSelling." I drew upon my life experiences to help motivate others to overcome whatever was stopping them from being all they could be and to do so with respect for themselves and others.
One fateful morning in 1999 I was struck by lightning while inside my home. While there were few health effects, there were huge intuitive changes. I knew my life needed to change in a big way. I was to finish my college degree, become certified in conflict resolution, and be ordained as an interfaith minister. That last part was particularly a pretty big revelation, as I was not a regular church-goer by any stretch of the imagination. Within my dreams my future path was laid out. All I needed to do was own it and step into it.
Over the course of the next 10 years, I followed that guidance, but refused to take the final step into who I was to become. I knew I was to return to the public eye, but this time my spirituality would be front and center in what I was to do. I refused, because societal messages told me that spirituality was to be left at home,
There have been no coincidences along the way. Instead of returning front and center, I found myself working in employment law where I took phone calls from employees feeling they'd been discriminated against for religious or spiritual reasons. I listened to attorneys who were afraid to touch those cases due to their own religious biases and not fully understanding the religious accommodations being requested.
Then one day I was listening to a speaker, and while she was talking, I seemed to be hearing a different voice. It was talking about it being time for me to bring all of my skills and education together, and not to hide behind a "business only" face any longer. After all, I see others as whole beings, why wouldn't I allow myself to be one as well?
I created Spirit At Work to help others integrate their spirituality into their work lives, workplaces, and draw upon the strengths that spirituality in all its forms gives us.
I help start-ups to build spiritual and social activism into their organizations. I work with larger organizations to help them integrate spirituality into the workplace.
And yes. I am back on the speaking circuit, talking about business topics, but this time including spiritual ones as well.
I'm married and a mother of two grown men for whom I'm very proud, and a grandmother. I also have two furry children that will never leave home; one is a mighty hunter and the other a total snuggle bug. My husband and I enjoy entertaining, cooking, dogs, movies, music and the arts.
The Boring Stuff.