Jerry Pattengale's mantra is "The dream needs to be stronger than the struggle" – highlighted in his recent books with McGraw-Hill. He continues to speak at major venues, on broadcasts, and for a wide array of organizations. His Life Wedge™ concept and applications are helping thousands to focus and excel, and his consulting resources have generated considerable gains for organizations. Jerry is the founder of Purpose-Guided Education™, co-produced a top-ten web site (Odyssey in Egypt) with Dr. Scott Carroll, co-founded and directed the Van Kampens' personal foundation, and in the fall of 2010 rejoined Dr. Carroll to launch a major international research program, The Green Scholars Initiative. He was raised in a family of ten near Lafayette, Indiana in the little town of Buck Creek, which prompted his popular Buck Creek newsprint series. At the age of 16 he found himself both a high school graduate and homeless. In 2006, PBS/WIPB (Ball State University affiliate) included his journey in its special film, Leading the Way out of Poverty. In 2007 and 2008 he participated in Roundtable meetings at the White House on compassion efforts through the OFBCI. He currently serves as the Executive Director of The National Conversations series, Director of The Green Scholars Initiative, a writing partner at GiANT Impact and as Assistant Provost at Indiana Wesleyan University. Jerry was recently named a Fellow for the Sagamore Institute, and as Associate Publisher for Christian Scholar’s Review. Jerry was recently named a Senior Fellow for both the Sagamore Institute and The Institute for Studies of Religions (Baylor), and as Associate Publisher for Christian Scholar’s Review. Twenty years ago Jerry coined the phrase, "Life is Short. Pray hard." After raising four boys, he now understands more fully its meaning.