Author Archives: godintheworkplace

Margaret Cotton, Senior Regional Director, Alpha USA

Workshop: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Margaret Cotton serves as the South Carolina Regional Director for Alpha USA. Alpha is a global non-denominational ministry which runs in 169 countries and has had over 29 million participants. Generally experienced over 11 weeks, Alpha provides a teaching followed by interactive small group discussions. Guests explore such questions as “Why does God allow pain and suffering?”,”Does God heal today?” and “Why and how should I share my faith?”

Transformational for believers and non-believers, Alpha provides an easy way to provide ministry in your workplace. Margaret will share her expertise and walk our God in the Workplace group through a mini-workshop showing how to incorporate Alpha into your business, home or anywhere you’d like to use it!

Prior to joining the Alpha organization full time in late 2009, she had 30 years’ experience in the training and media fields. As the SC Director, Margaret is the liaison between Alpha USA and churches and organizations who want to run the Alpha Course.

Across the United States, cities in very state are becoming more post-Christian – some at a faster rate than others. Young people are leaving the church in great numbers. There is a growing need for a tool like Alpha. According to Barna Research, estimates are that 50% of Alpha participants make a commitment or recommitment to Christ. “Alpha has impacted our church culture by bring evangelism back to the forefront of what we do.” (Jon Tyson, Trinity Grace Church) And Billy Graham believes that the workplace is the greatest area for mission.

Taking Alpha at her church was a transforming time for Margaret and after participating in Alpha, she became actively involved as a volunteer leader, which then eventually evolved into this full time position. Alpha is a 501C3 organization and Margaret raises funds from individuals, foundations and churches in order to do the work in South Carolina. This allows her to train and coach with little or no cost to the church or organization.

Globally, over 29 million people have taken an Alpha course, 169 countries are currently running the course and it has been translated into 112 languages. In the US, the course is run in all 50 states, and over 3 million guests have attended.

The Alpha Course has many specialty ministries as well – Alpha in the Workplace, for Prisons, for the Military, Catholics, for Youth and Campus as well as a Marriage Course and a Parenting Course. Alpha in the Workplace is designed to help individuals or companies bring their faith into the workplace. Having been in the secular work force for many years, this is an area where Margaret feels Alpha can have tremendous impact.

Cindy Grosso Jordan, Founder of Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette, Inc.

Workshop: Thursday, July 13, 2017

Topic/Brief Synopsis: Keeping you from being the best kept secret in your profession.
Cindy will provide content that will move you forward in your profession. Join us as Cindy shares her expertise on professionalism and polish. Cindy Grosso Jordan is a national etiquette expert, an award winning speaker, columnist, and author who focuses on professionalism, leadership, and the skill of polish. She is the founder of the Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette.

John Carroll, Strategist and Growth Expert

Guest Speaker: June 8, 2017

John Carroll is a strategist and growth expert, a national award-winning columnist, author, executive coach and serial entrepreneur. He helps executives and organizations become more productive, more profitable and have more fun. John is one of only 20 professionals worldwide recognized by peers for his work in consulting with emerging growth companies. John has worked with sales professionals, executives and entrepreneurs in businesses, trade groups and charitable organizations.

An accomplished and engaging speaker, he has been internationally recognized for Sales and Facilitation Excellence. His approaches have attracted attention globally, including articles appearing in Chief Executive China magazine.

A national award-winning columnist, John is also the author of Sales Illustrated: 68 Sales Lessons from Everyday Life (available in three languages). His columns have appeared regularly through the years in The Charleston Regional Business Journal and The Catholic Miscellany.

With firsthand experience in manufacturing, distribution and service industries, he is a true entrepreneur, having launched or helped to launch seven organizations, one of which was recognized in the Emerging 10, the 10 fastest growing businesses in the Charleston region. John serves as professor for Communication Skills Training through Our Community Listens and CharlestonListens. John is president of Unlimited Performance, Inc., a member of the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce.

John is also the first layperson to serve on the Clergy Personnel Advisory Board of the Diocese of Charleston. He is the founding board chair and a current board member of Camp Rise Above, providing summer camp experiences for children with special medical needs. He is a founding board member of Lowcountry Local First and has served as board president of the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center and president of what is now the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce. John is a current board member of LifeWorks Charleston and the Harbour Club and active in several ministries at Christ Our King Church in Mount Pleasant. He is the father of two grown daughters, Grandpa of one little one and lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife Lori.

Julie Chapman, Professor

Guest Speaker: April 13, 2017

Julie Chapman
Silence, an absence of sound or a stillness of the mind, can enhance any relationship when used with positive intent. It can be inviting or punishing, depending on the motive. We use silence with God and others to show displeasure or as a way to increase connection. Each is a choice with consequences.

In Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know I am God,” God advocates a way to seek him. Silence allows God or others to speak. Learning to actively listen, increases our ability to see what is beyond us. God uses our silence to show us new ways of relating with him and those around us. There is beauty in silence.

Julie Chapman will speak on the beauty of silence. Using silence as a tool to help people feel heard allows the listener to comprehend more of the message. Julie specializes in interpersonal communication that improves personal and business relationships. As Charleston’s Chapter Leader of a national nonprofit, Our Community Listens, she challenges participants to rethink their daily interactions. She has written a column for the Moultrie News, Charleston Listens where she has introduced many of the skills that are covered in the communication skills training class.

Silence is an important part of reflective listening. Some of us are comfortable with the quiet though most of us believe that silence is an opportunity to talk. Using silence can take our conversation to a deeper level of understanding. Julie will bring new perspective and illustrate ways to listen well.

Over five hundred people from the Lowcountry have benefited from these skills. The North Charleston Fire and Police department have authorized the attendance of their people, Charleston County School District allows teachers to use the class for twenty-four hours of professional development credits and many Charleston businesses are giving their people time off to attend. Charleston’s alumni or Messengers, are counselors, priests, business leaders, nurses, teachers, public servants, real estate agents, retirees, and government employees. Consistently, the alumni say that the class is life changing, a game changer, or a way of connecting on a new level. These Messengers are dedicated to creating a listening movement, one conversation at a time.

Our Community Listens offers a free three-day community class, which cover five modules: communication profile, nonverbal communication, reflective listening, effective confrontation, and how to transition back for maximum change. The class is enlightening, engaging, and challenging. It provides the tools necessary to effectively communicate in our world today.

Email for more information, visit the national website, to sign up for a class or Charleston’s alumni website, to learn about the Messengers.


Julie Chapman has two diverse undergraduate degrees. She studied International Studies with a minor in History and French at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She graduated from St. Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She worked for many years as a Home IV therapy nurse. She left nursing, electing to be a stay at home mom while her kids were young. As they enter middle and high school, she has reconnected with her love of writing. She writes a monthly column for a local newspaper in Charleston, SC and is working on a children’s travel book series with her oldest son. Her family shares her passion for travel. Through the difficult times in her life, she has gained unique perspectives and loves to use her hard earned wisdom to encourage others. Her ability to connect makes her an effective professor. She is enthusiastic about CST and works hard to be a practicing professor; living what she teaches.

Steve McCullough, Chairman C12 Group

Guest Speaker: March 9, 2017

speaker Steve Mccullough
Content Summary:
Did you know that 70-80% of our waking hours is spent communicating? Peter Drucker says that 60% of all management problems are the result of communication issues. The bible is clear about how to communicate but yet we still seem to miss the mark. During this session, we will unpack what the bible tells us about communicating, assess where we stand in our companies about foundational and regular communication and discuss what management experts tell us about the importance of communicating.

Steve McCullough currently serves as the local Chairman of the C12 Group. Steve spent the majority of his almost 30 years in business in the oil industry, the last 20 were in management and executive level positions. Specializing in sales, marketing, strategy and executive leadership, he spent his early career with ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips moving 9 times throughout the US in a variety of downstream positions. In 2006 and until January 2016 Steve was divisional President and COO of EPIC Aviation, a privately held aviation fuel distributorship based in Irving, TX. Called to his current line of work, Steve left the oil industry last year to start C12 Lowcountry in Charleston and Savannah. He works with area CEOs and business owners to build great businesses for a Greater Purpose. Steve has a passion for Christ-centered leadership and being a part of a workplace movement for Christ. Married with 3 children (24, 20 and 15), Steve lives in Mount Pleasant and serves and attends Seacoast Church.