Austin Pierce

Process & Employee Improvement, Writer, and Non-profit in Phoenix, Arizona

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A native of the (not so) farm town of Des Moines, Iowa, I transplanted myself to the sub-Saharan streets of Phoenix to pursue a degree in Marketing at W.P. Carey. Throughout high school and college I worked on staff at multiple non-profit organizations as a graphic artist and project manager. As a result of a classic, college-induced existential crisis, I changed my focus from design to marketing, as I just couldn't bear the idea of living a life of nothing but Photoshop and coffee. Here, I've found that my passion is for people. Whether it's a client, an employee, a congregation member, or a volunteer; my number one care is that they find mission and fulfillment in the life they lead.

Still with special interest in non-profit organizations, I play the corporate game, serving as the Operation Process Coordinator at G/O Digital, A TEGNA Company (TGNA). Here, I get to help solve the company's internal process problems and help make employees lives easier and more fulfilling. I continually work to influence company culture to help increase employee happiness and fulfillment.

Since most people spend 40hrs a week in our offices, I've never subscribed to the idea of "work life balance." Work is an inseparable piece OF our lives and we should find as much enjoyment in it as we do with the rest of our lives. Whether I'm planning company-wide meetings, championing a shorts-allowed dress code, or planning the company holiday party, employee fulfillment is where I find my fulfillment in the corporate world.

I work on a blogging project called Between Communities. Here I get to examine the tensions of being a gay man in the Christian Church. I'm trying to understand what it looks like to be gay in the Christian world and Christian in the gay world. Instead of engaging seductive apathy, I've chosen to walk in a bit more closely into each of these communities to see how they can connect.

  • Education
    • Arizona State University
    • Fuller Theological Seminary