Rev. Dr. Boyung Lee will host a virtual keynote on Monday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in UPS Auditorium inside of Morningside University’s Lincoln Center. The topic of her presentation will be “International Engagement for Racial Justice.” The event is hosted by the Connie Wimer Women’s Leadership group and is open to all interested students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Rev. Dr. Lee currently serves as senior vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Illif School of Theology. Her theological and scholarly pursuit is fueled by a commitment to social justice and works hard to embody her commitment in her leadership and pedagogical practices. She also considers herself as a feminist communitarian educator as she values transparent communications and processes, consensus building, ongoing assessments of individual and communal needs, creating space for the least visible, delegating and stepping back for others, and setting boundaries with care.

Prior to accepting the position at Iliff, Rev. Dr. Lee served as associate professor of practical theology, education, and spiritual formation at Pacific School of Religion, and a core doctoral faculty member at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. She started at PSR in 2002 and was the first woman of color tenured faculty. Rev. Dr. Lee is also an ordained United Methodist elder. In addition to being an editorial board member of Religious Education, Journal of Feminist Studies and Religion, and International Journal of Practical Theology, she is also a board member of Religious Education Association and PANAAWTM (Pacific, Asian, North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry), and a member of American Academy of Religion’s Teaching and Learning Committee, Women and Religion program and Transformative Pedagogy group.


The Connie Wimer Women’s Leadership Program at Morningside University helps undergraduate women accelerate their professional growth and development. Through seminars, lectures, workshops, mentorships, and hands-on activities, the program guides its participants in the development of essential skills related to leadership, networking, negotiating, service and ethical behavior. Women in leadership roles at businesses, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations come to campus to share their stories and offer advice.

The leadership program is named in honor of Connie Wimer, an active Iowa business leader and former member of the Morningside University Board of Directors. Wimer has championed leadership development for women and their advancement throughout her career. She is chair of Business Publications Corporation in Des Moines and was the first woman to chair the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and to be elected to the Greater Des Moines Committee’s Business Hall of Fame. Wimer also is an inductee into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame.